Bexley Council releases hospital trust recommendations

PUBLISHED: 13:18 13 December 2012

The likely closure of Lewisham accident and emergency department, and its impact on Queen Mary’s Hospital patients, is among concerns raised by Bexley Council in its recommendations on the future of the debt-ridden South London Healthcare Trust,

Following the closing of the consultation into the future of the trust yesterday, the council has released its hopes for the future of health provision in the borough.

Queen Mary’s in Sidcup has been earmarked to become part of a Bexley Health Campus, with services being run by a combination of Oxleas NHS Trust and Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford.

Council leader Cllr Teresa O’Neill said: “Given the severity of the South London Healthcare Trust’s financial problems, there is clearly a need for swift and decisive action to get things back on track.

“Since the loss of A&E and maternity services at Queen Mary’s, services have declined and there has been a lot of uncertainty about its future.”

The council also hopes Queen Mary’s retains its name and has asked for more information on the final list of services which will be available at the hospital and what is to be done with the trust’s debts.

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