This petition was submitted during the 2015–2017 Conservative government

Petition SAVE OUR NHS STOP PRIVATISATION SAVE EALING HOSPITAL Publicly Funded & Provided

Save Ealing Hospital Community Action Group will create community awareness against closure of vital public services. Look after our NHS "Publicly Funded" & "Publicly Provided" where everyone matters. Don't put profit before nation health stop "practice-based commissioning".

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The NHS is being privatised bit by bit, and patients are already suffering. Community in Ealing Southall is deeply angered by the decision to close the Maternity Wing, followed by Children’s Ward & A&E. Community has protested through all possible means. The protests and petitions have now culminated in a peaceful occupation at the Maternity Wing Area as well as other forms of protests. Protests are growing and the anger is reaching boiling point amongst thousands of members of the community.

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The Petitions Committee decided not to debate this petition

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Government responded

The changes that are taking place to NHS services in Ealing are designed to improve the quality of care, including maternity and paediatric care, for local people and are being led by clinicians.

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The changes that are taking place to NHS services across north-west London, including those at Ealing Hospital, are being implemented by the local NHS under the reconfiguration programme Shaping a Healthier Future (SaHF). Reconfiguration will only take place when it is clear that patients will benefit.

The local NHS, which has been the driver for change, is clear that the changes taking place under SaHF are about improving healthcare for the residents of north-west London. The benefits include:
• improved consultant cover in A&Es;
• better access to GPs; and
• increased community services so more people can be treated closer to their homes.

Following the closure of Ealing Hospital’s maternity birthing unit on 1 July 2015, care of all women booked at Ealing was safely transferred, with the majority of women being rebooked to their first preferred alternative hospital.

The changes to maternity services will enable all hospital trusts in north-west London to provide significantly more consultant-led care than was previously the case, working closer towards the London quality standard for obstetric units to provide 24/7 consultant cover, 365 days a year.

These changes have enabled the NHS to improve maternity care for women across north-west London by improving the midwife to birth ratio and increasing continuity of midwife care.

It is proposed that inpatient paediatric services will move from Ealing Hospital on 30 June 2016 into five other hospital sites in north-west London, all of which will significantly expand their capacity by either increasing their number of inpatient beds or increasing the size of their paediatric A&E units. There will also be more senior doctors on site for longer hours, seven days a week, and/or more paediatric nurses.

However, nearly three quarters of existing children’s services will continue on the Ealing Hospital site and elsewhere in the borough.

These changes will ensure that children receive consistently high quality seven-day care, with more specialist senior doctors available to treat children for longer times. This will improve the quality of clinical care and patient experience, and help get children back to health more quickly.

Ealing Hospital is being developed as a local hospital designed for the future health needs of the local population and will retain an A&E Department appropriate to a local hospital.

The Government is clear that the reconfiguration of front line health services is a matter for the local NHS. Services should be tailored to meet the needs of the local population.

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MPs debate services at Ealing Hospital

On Tuesday 3 May at 1.30pm MPs will debate services at Ealing Hospital in Westminster Hall.

We previously emailed you to let you know that the Petitions Committee had decided not to schedule a debate in Westminster Hall on this petition as the number of dates available for petition debates was limited, but that there were other ways in which MPs could seek a debate on this local issue.

Mr Virendra Sharma, MP for Ealing, Southall, successfully applied for a debate in Westminster Hall on services at Ealing Hospital through a ballot system. This is one of the ways backbench MPs can get debates.

The Petitions Committee agreed to request that this petition be “tagged” as relevant to the debate. This means that it is listed on the order paper (the agenda of the House of Commons) as being relevant to the debate.  

You can watch the debate live and on demand afterwards on Parliament TV: http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/e5880100-d930-4213-8106-042010f88f9d?agenda=True

You can read the transcript from Wednesday 4 May on the Hansard website: https://hansard.digiminster.com/commons/2016-05-03

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Parliamentary debate on services at Ealing Hospital to start at 1.30pm on Tuesday 3 May

We recently emailed you to let you know that on Tuesday 3 May MPs will debate services at Ealing Hospital. We are contacting you now to let you know that the debate will start at 1.30pm, not 4.30pm as we said in our previous message. We're sorry about this error.

You can watch the debate live and on demand afterwards on Parliament TV: http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/e5880100-d930-4213-8106-042010f88f9d?agenda=True

You can read the transcript from Wednesday 4 May on the Hansard website: https://hansard.digiminster.com/commons/2016-05-03