Mansfield Commission members Dr Stephen Hirst (left), John Lister (centre) and Michael Mansfield QC (right), with council leader Steve Cowan (behind), and campaigners Jim Grealy and Merril Hammer at the ceremony on January 22.

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham has given its highest civic honour of Freedom of the Borough to three of the leading local campaigners who fought so hard and for so long to defeat plans for the closure of Charing Cross and Ealing Hospitals.

The same award has also been given to the three members of the independent commission led by Michael Mansfield which, in a series of hearings in five of the NW London boroughs affected, reviewed the Shaping a Healthier Future plan and exposed its lack of evidence and viability.

The Commission helped ensure the plan was eventually axed by Matt Hancock last year, lifting the threat to both hospitals.

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