MP fears review will be biased

PUBLISHED: 17:36 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:10 25 August 2010

AN MP claims a review into health care cuts will not be independent.

AN MP claims a review into health care cuts will not be independent.

The Bexley Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee decided last Monday to refer plans which include stripping Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, of its A&E, maternity unit and children's in-patient services, to the Secretary of State, Alan Johnson, for review. But Old Bexley and Sidcup, MP Derek Conway, said although he welcomed the decision to take the case to review, he feared the process will not be neutral. He said: "I have little faith that the review will do anything other than back his ministerial appointees who have come up with this scheme. But delay gives hope. There has been no real independent consideration given to this plan at any stage. The reviews carried out to date have been done with the government's strategy at the fore and that is to reduce the number of hospitals and expand the polyclinic 'super-GP' concept."

But last year the Department of Health confirmed that all reviews will be automatically sent to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) to assess.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health said: "The Secretary of State will respond to such referrals only when the IRP has reported to him."

So far, no Secretary of State has gone against the recommendations given by the IRP.

Members of the Scrutiny Committee are currently working with council officers to formulate the formal referral to Mr Johnson.


Latest Bexley news

Monday, November 19, 2018

A father has been found not guilty of killing his 10-week-old baby.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Entrepreneur Jo Malone has said her success is down to making “people smile and feel good” as she was made a CBE by the Prince of Wales.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

A man who ran over two elderly women with his electric wheelchair was sentenced on Friday, November 16 at Southwark Crown Court.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Christmas 2018 and the Northern Lights are welcomed to Bexleyheath on Saturday, November 17 with a spectacular mix of music and dance from stilt walkers to bhangra dancers, and acoustic artists to fire shows.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Now back from recording the second series of All Together Now, Brit School teacher and Bromley local Georg Tormann is now warming up for Christmas with his Beckenham-based choir.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

A Bexley artist has raised her concerns that a revamp of Hall Place will see the death of the art scene in the area.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas expressed concerns that an energy park in Bexley will lead to “toxic fumes” billowing across the Thames to the Rainham and Beam Park development area.

Most read news

Digital Edition

Read the Bexley Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24