The Conservative Party have serious and grave questions to answer over their reckless and irresponsible plans to shake-up West London’s A&E departments.
Jeremy Hunt’s behaviour over Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals has been absolutely disgraceful. I would like to know why he is afraid to discuss the closure of Hammersmith A&E. Is it because he knows that this closure will be a serious blow to local residents who now face longer journey times to hospitals like St Mary’s, which is already at maximum capacity. He explicitly promised that this would not be the case.
He repeats the lie that the new Charing Cross will have a full A&E service. He knows full well that Charing Cross’s A&E department is set to be replaced by a Minor Injuries Unit with no “blue light” service and no Intensive Care Unit. At least 400 acute beds will be lost. The UK’s leading stroke unit will go.
I raised this with him earlier today in the Commons but he had no substantive response other than to simply parrot the discredited lines that the local Conservative Party trot out in Hammersmith & Fulham.
David Cameron also has to answer serious questions as well. He came to Hammersmith in the week before the local elections and made several contentious or outright misleading statements about local A&E services. The extent of the Tory Party’s complete betrayal of West London goes right to the top. I raised all this in a letter to him last month but he has yet to respond.
So the three questions that Jeremy Hunt must answer to justify his attack on me?
1) Why is he reluctant to debate the future of Hammersmith Hospital?
2) Why did David Cameron come to Hammersmith and mislead the public over Charing Cross?
3) Does he think a local hospital with GP-led services can be passed off as a full A&E emergency department?