June 19 2013 Latest news:
Robin Cottle, Reporter
Thursday, May 10, 2012
A health campaign group is holding a protest against cuts at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital in Woolwich.
Members of the Patient Action Group will be demonstrating at the site in Stadium Road next Friday (May 18) from 11am to 1pm, either dressed in black or wearing with black armbands.
Helen Ellis is organising the action. She said: “The hospitals have all gone into rapid decline. Much needed services have been lost and wards closed.
The hospital is owned by South London Healthcare NHS Trust (SLHT), along with Queen Mary’s in Sidcup and Princess Royal in Orpington. SLHT has come under criticism recently having been saddled by hefty debts, with rumours persisting that services and staff are going to be trimmed.
A spokesman for the trust said: “We would like our patients to be reassured by the recent news that our hospitals are now ranked among the safest in England. This is a fantastic achievement by our staff which should be recognised.
“We have much more to do to improve further and we are working with local patient groups to achieve this but for now, the fact that we have the lowest mortality rate in the country is something our patients should be reassured about.”