Dec 20 2011

Have your say about the proposed merger of hospitals

Community Voice monitor NHS services in NW London and SW Herts, work for improvements in local NHS services, and campaign when necessary.  They provide a platform for members to hear NHS speakers, engage in debate and agree policy.  Members are kept up to date by monthly meetings and monthly mailings.

They have an article on their website, concerning the proposed merger of North West London Hospitals NHS Trust with Ealing NHS Hospital Trust which is well worth a read, and, of course, responding  to with your view.  We’ve reproduced the article below:

A meeting about the proposed merger of North West London Hospitals NHS Trust with Ealing NHS Hospital Trust is being held on Thursday 12th January 2012 in the Premier House Banqueting Suite, Wealdstone HA3 7TS from 5.30pm to 8pm. Places are limited so if you wish to attend please contact Harrow LINK on 0208 863 3355 or email: info@harrowlink.org.uk. Light refreshments will be available from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Neither of the two merging trusts believes it is capable of achieving foundation trust status alone – Ealing Hospital is too small and North West London Hospitals has long-standing financial problems.· However, they believe that by merging together they will be able to meet foundation trust requirements.· The stakes are high as Trusts not achieving foundation trust status are threatened with amalgamation or closure.

This proposed merger will be of particular interest to patients of Northwick Park Hospital and Central Middlesex Hospital, which together form North West London Hospitals Trust. Northwick Park is a popular local hospital providing a very wide range of services – it incorporates St Mark’s Hospital and it provides one of the eight Hyper-Acute Stroke Units in London. Its easy access from the Metropolitan Line Station makes it convenient for many of Community Voice’s members.

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