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Julian Bell is a liar

If Julian Bell, as Labour group leader, signs off press releases that are lies at some point you have to conclude that Bell is a liar too. The latest press release from Ealing Labour tries to stitch together the odd line here and there from Conservative councillors to paint a picture of disarray. Julian Bell has personally signed off a press statement on Ealing hospital that says:

Cllr Phil Taylor has welcomed the closure. He said on his blog that of Ealing A&E:

“I would rather have a longer journey to a trauma centre.”

Of course I have not welcomed the closure of Ealing hospital. What I said was:

We have relatively few traumas in this country (thank heavens) but if I was a trauma victim I would rather have a slightly longer journey to a trauma centre than be killed by A&E at a district general hospital.

To suggest that this means I am advocating the closure of Ealing hospital is quite simply a lie that Labour’s leader has to take responsibility for. He signed off the press release so he is happy to tolerate lying. Indeed, that makes him a liar.

You can read the full piece here. My paragraph is at the end of a comment I made in response to another comment attached to a long posting. Decide for yourself. If Bell stops lying I will stop calling him a liar.

11 replies on “Julian Bell is a liar”

Unfortunately for Julian Bell you are right. There are no votes to be won among the consumers who have no option but to use Ealing Hospital by campaigning to save it. No doubt in the re-elect Sharma campaign there is much political capital in the health and related public service block votes. However, it is clear to me that a vote for Sharma (or indeed Bell) is a vote for the continued preservation of a failing monster of a hospital that has done its best to ruin my life.
Once more I put forward two massively underutilised locations in the Borough of Ealng with excellent tube travel connections and access to motorways that could form the locations for cottage hospitals (now known as poly-clinics): the South Acton Estate
and South Acton/Bollo Lane Industrial Estate area and the shamefully neglected and unterutilised Ascott Allotments in Suuth Ealing.
We must have a positive proactive plan that will move hospital healthcare along in the Borough of Ealing with good ideas of how to progress otherwise we shall end in the same kind of situation as we have with HS2: whereas other Boroughs realised that the writing was on the wall and campaigned for noise amelioration and tunnels Ealing defiantly charged quixotically at the government windmill and achieving nothing other than annoying those senior government peopel and civil servants who could have covered over HS2.
Will.

Will,

I am sorry if you have had a bad experience of Ealing Hospital but that is not a good argument for closing it. It is a great site at the centre of the borough with excellent road and bus links. Sure it is not near a Tube or rail station but it is central and it is accessible. The economics if investing in new sites do not really stack up.

The Conservative group on the council is keen for the hospital to prosper and it won’t if it all of its services are taken away.

Where we depart from Labour is that the Tory-led Coalition (as Labour dubs it) has insisted that health spending is protected in real terms (a promise that neither Labour nor the LibDems made). Even in these circumstances healthcare needs reforming in order to meet expanding demand from a budget that is merely stationary or minutely expanding in real terms thanks to the Tories. Before the election the NHS came up with the Nicholson challenge to take £20 billion of costs out of the NHS so that they could be reinvested in more services. This exercise pre-dates the Coalition but it doesn’t stop Virendra Sharma and the Labour group calling these Tory cuts. They are Labour cuts which would have been worse if Labour was elected.

Phil,
Saving Ealing Hospital is not a vote winner. Not many people in their right minds want to go there to be treated.
Will.

I have used Ealing hospital for years, and have never had a problem. Due to suffering from a very rare syndrome, I perhaps need it more than some and have had very friendly, helpful and personal service from the staff over the years, upto and including asking for and actually being able to have a specific anaesthetist for some operations. It is within walking distance for me and given that the syndrome I have affects my walking ability, having to travel to the wilds of the Bollo Estate in Acton or elsewhere, would really adversely affect my personal health care, so naturally I’m against its closure.

However this isn’t just on a personal level, its also because its a very good site. Its close to rail stations, and has good bus links, and is also opposite a beautiful park (Brent Lodge Park), which helps keep the pollution levels down, and provides at least some level of ‘natural’ views from the hospital, thereby helping the healing process. If it were to close it would become a huge white elephant on the edge of Hanwell and seriously damage health care on the Hanwell/Southall border.

Nicola,

My experiences of Ealing Hospital, both first and second hand have been markedly different from your experiences. Neither I nor my friends or relatives have a good word to say for it. It is, incidentally, about a mile from the nearest tube or train station, and if you live in North or South Ealing it is two bus journeys away.

Will.

Interesting post on the Ealing Today Forum: today (seems there is something Ealing Conservatives could get their teeth into):
Topic: Ealing Hospital comes bottom in staff survey on places to work and to receive treatment
Posted by: Jerzy Kremm
Date/Time: 07/02/12 00:02:00

Many staff would not be comfortable sending their own relatives to hospitals in NW London (particularly Ealing Hospital).
Ealing Hospital comes bottom in staff survey on places to work and to receive treatment in a report is a report higlighted by the BBC News last night about the need to change hospital care in North West London (see Diagram 6 Staff Survey) in “Shaping a healthier future for North West London” (http://www.northwestlondon.nhs.uk/shapingahealthierfuture/) published last week (February 1st 2012).
In section four it was emphasized that:
4. Hospitals in particular need to change …
While the NHS will continue to focus on keeping people healthy and treating them, where possible, in the community or their own homes, there will always be the need to treat some patients in hospitals.
In NW London, however, the NHS is struggling to deliver consistent, high quality hospital care:
· Patient experience is generally poor across NW London hospitals
· Many staff would not be comfortable sending their own relatives to hospitals in NW London
· There is marked variation in the quality of acute hospital services in NW London
Elsewhere in the report:
There are some excellent specialist centres and networks already benefitting patients and carers in NW London. However, there are other areas of clinical practice which would also benefit by being centralised in a few centres of excellence, such as specialist laparoscopic or keyhole surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is associated with faster recovery times and can improve patient outcomes, yet at Ealing Hospital only a third of surgeons providing emergency care are able to perform laparoscopic surgery.

As a further thought on just one line of this report:

“There are some excellent specialist centres and networks already benefitting patients and carers in NW London.”, it would seem to me that Ealing Council in its present Labour manifestation is doing its best to destroy what remains of these specialist networks in Ealing through the closure of the ALbert Dane Centre for the disabled, the LINKS project for the mentally ill, the cutting of respite care beds, and the now suspicious “relocation” of Ealing Carer’s Centre. It seems to me that here is something that the Conservatives in Ealing could really get their teeth into for the next election as a respected manifesto area: the preservation and development of services for patients and carers in Ealing borough.

It is near Hanwell Station which I believe is less than a mile away. And to keep you fitter you can take the route through the beautiful park :-). But seriously, if it were to move to Acton it would be at least 2 bus journeys for residents on this side of the borough.

I’ve had several invasive procedures there, as well as physio etc and as I mentioned before never had a problem.

I’ve had to go to Ealing Hospital twice in the past year, once as an out patient and once to A&E. Both times I found the standard of care excellent and specialist equipment was needed which I can not imagine the hospital being able to provide in a home environment. I may have been lucky but that at least proves the standard of service there is not always bad. Of course some people are more easily pleased than others.

The hospital is only twenty minutes walk from me – a fast drive in an ambulance or a ten minute bus journey – so I’m definitely against it closing.

How much longer will it take for many residents across the borough to get to another hospital.

It is very well served by bus. It is well served by having Hanwell station fairly nearby.

I am totally against this hospital being closed. Where services need improvement, tell them to get on with it.

George,
According to Walkit the walking distance between Hanwell Station and Ealing Hospital A&E is 0.7 miles or 1.1km. A medium-paced walker would take 14 minutes, while a slow walker would take 21 minutes. I would cast unwell people, old age pensioners and the like at an optimistic 21 minutes. Not “fairly nearby”!
Will.

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