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The future of Queen Mary’s – what you had to say...

PUBLISHED: 17:21 03 June 2010 | UPDATED: 18:00 25 August 2010

The Times spoke to patients at Queen Mary s Hospital in Sidcup to ask them how they feel about the future of the A&E department after the Tories made a pre-election pledge to keep the unit open.

The Times spoke to patients at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup to ask them how they feel about the future of the A&E department after the Tories made a pre-election pledge to keep the unit open.

Anne Senanayake, 74, of Chislehurst, said: "I'm livid about this. I hope the government are going to revise the situation.

"There is no substitute near anyone. They've closed so many A&Es which were easy to reach. If you're in a difficult position, how do you get all the way to Farnborough?"

Michael Clubb, 72, from Blackfen, said: "It would be a terrible shame.

"If I couldn't get immediate care for my grandchildren, I would be up in arms and cause havoc.

"They should sack the managers earning thousands.

"What politicians do when they are in and what they say they will do are two different things."

Pat Wallace, 59, from Albany Park, said: "It's terrible. I support the campaign and I wish they would keep it open.

"It's a good hospital.

"I'd have to get a cab and it would depend if I had enough money.

"I don't believe in politicians.

"They just do what they want to do."

Harry Brown, 79, from Sidcup, said: "I wouldn't like to see it close.

"I don't know where the nearest hospital is.

"It's disgraceful they'll gradually close it down.

"I think it's an empty promise by the Tories.

"They fought for it to get the publicity during their campaign."

Tracy Crick, 42, from Eltham, said: "It would affect everyone badly. Where's everyone supposed to go? Dartford is a long way and not everybody has transport. It's worrying. People ought to be seen to as soon as possible, not travelling 10 miles to get to the nearest A&E.

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