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Health secretary to decide fate of north-west London A&Es

The final decision on the fate of four accident and emergency (A&E) units in north-west London is likely to be made by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt next year.

Campaigners fear Charing Cross, Central Middlesex, Hammersmith and Ealing hospitals will lose their A&E units.

Opponents to the plans have carried out protest marches and a 50,000-signature petition was handed to NHS bosses earlier this month.

The NHS said fewer, more specialist centres would save money and lead to better care.

Karl Mercer spoke to Ealing Hospital consultant Fiona Wisniacki and Mark Spencer, medical director of NHS North West London.

  • 22 Oct 2012
  • From the section London