At the Public Board meeting held on 30th July 2014 "Save Our Hospitals" Chair, Merril Hammer, stood up at the end and made a public invitation to the CEO of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Dr Tracey Batten. She asked Dr Batten to meet with representatives from SOH to hear their concerns and to "engage" with the full range of issues raised by the proposed reorganisation of health services in north-west London, and especially the closure of 4 out of 9 A&E departments in this zone, and the eventual closure of Charing Cross Hospital as an acute hospital, and its replacement with a much small "cottage" hospital.
A date has been announced for this private meeting: Wednesday 17th September. We think that this is the first time that a CEO of an NHS Trust has met with anti-closures campaigners in this setting. We are hopeful that the private meeting will allow a more wide-ranging and less politicized discussion than has so far been the case.
We are grateful to Dr Batten for finding time to meet us.