Responding to today’s decision by Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group to start the process of closing Ealing Hospital maternity unit, London Assembly Labour Group Health Spokesperson, Dr Onkar Sahota AM said:
“This plan will mean the closure of an important maternity unit in North West London and will undoubtedly be followed by the scrapping of local neo-natal and gynaecology services.
“By agreeing on the timetable for the closure of this unit the Clinical Commissioning Group has ensured that mothers will be left miles from their family and friends during their pregnancy and birth - moments of great uncertainty, emotion and vulnerability.
"The CCG has tried to camouflage this decision on clinical grounds when in reality it is the result of the self-fulfilling prophecy created by the Government’s years of underinvestment in a hospital which serves one of the the most health and socially deprived populations in London.
“After the recent debacle of A&E closures in North West London and with the London Ambulance Service at breaking point this is not the time to be closing yet more services. All this will do is place further pressure on hospitals which are already struggling to cope.”