Striker Jamie Mackie, 27, said:
“Everyone at QPR FC fully supports the petition to prevent the closure of the Accident and Emergency unit at Hammersmith Hospital. The unit offers an invaluable service to the local community and we hope this can be allowed to continue for many years to come.”QPR join Fulham FC as the second top-flight football club to back the community campaign to retain premier league hospitals in west London.
Controversial plans to scrap the A&E departments at Hammersmith Hospital, as well as the A&E and hyper acute stroke unit at Charing Cross, were unveiled by hospital bosses in June.
The council has organised a public scrutiny meeting on September 18 where hospital bosses will take questions from residents and a panel of experts. The council has also appointed a former NHS Chief Executive, Tim Rideout, to help scrutinise the NHS business case.
Cllr Marcus Ginn, H&F Council Cabinet Member for Community Services, says:
“Our community campaign to going from strength to strength and it is marvellous to have such huge support from residents and business in the borough – including the stars from QPR.The details of the next public meeting are:
“QPR has a long and distinguished history in our borough and they understand how devastating it would be if we lost two A&E units.
“I would like to thank everyone who has supported the campaign so far - but this is only the beginning. We need as many people as possible to sign our petitions, display the posters and come along to the public scrutiny meeting on September 18 so the NHS bureaucrats re-think their plans.”
Hammersmith Town Hall
Tuesday, September 18
You can sign a petition opposing both hospitals closure here