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BREAKING NEWS: Final report submitted to Parliament for South London Healthcare Trust break-up

January: the possibility of closing Queen Mary's Hospital has been published in official documents for the first time

January: the possibility of closing Queen Mary's Hospital has been published in official documents for the first time

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The final report into the break-up of South London Healthcare Trust was presented to Parliament this morning.

It follows a public consultation on draft proposals and recommends Queen Mary’s Hospital will become a health campus, but will retain its name.

Trust administrator Matthew Kershaw is pressing ahead with plans to close Lewisham’s A&E, despite huge protest.

After the closure of Queen Mary’s Hospital’s A&E in 2010, Bexley patients were redirected to Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich. If Lewisham’s A&E is also axed, Queen Elizabeth will have to mop up Lewisham emergency care cases too.

It means Bexley residents are likely to face longer waiting times.

Some Bexley emergency cases are also taken to Darent Valley in Dartford but last week their A&E had to close as it was over capacity. Paramedics told to take patients elsewhere in London.

Mr Kershaw also recommends that the trust’s debts should be written off and that the Princess Royal in Farnborough should be acquired by Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt now has until February 1 to make his final decision on the recommendations.

To see the full report, visit bit.ly/WqqQMz.

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