The new Care Quality Commission report for the London North West Healthcare NHS Trust is out.
Eve Turner, Secretary of Ealing Save Our NHS, said “This report covers two A&E hospitals – Ealing and Northwick Park and strongly highlights the need for improvements, not cuts. We now want the Trust authorities to drop their ongoing plans to downgrade and effectively close Ealing A&E.
In fact the report praises Ealing Hospital in several areas and it’s no surprise that since Ealing Maternity was closed, the remaining maternity services in the Trust are found to “require improvement”.
Eric Leach, a researcher and campaigner for Ealing Save Our NHS, added: ‘It’s sad that overall ‘Requires Improvement’ is a common theme. However we do note that CQC states that Northwick Park Hospital (NPH) requires more improvement than Ealing Hospital (EH).
In fact it is only NPH which attracts red flags – for unsafe surgery and ineffective medical care. Ironic that the NHS still wants to downgrade EH from a Major Hospital to a Local Hospital whilst retaining Major Hospital status for NPH.
Finally we have just discovered that NHS NW London ended its financial year at the end of March 2016 with a £72 million surplus. What a pity this money was not spent by Ealing CCG on improvements at both major hospitals.’