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Good response to health issues

PUBLISHED: 18:36 30 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:43 25 August 2010

MORE than 9,500 people responded to the health consultation that proposes to close Accident and Emergency units in the area.

MORE than 9,500 people responded to the health consultation that proposes to close Accident and Emergency units in the area.

A Picture of Health received 8,207 questionnaires and 1,332 other responses made up of letters, e-mails and phone responses.

Now, the Imperial College will collate and analyse these responses and are expected to publish a report in mid-June.

The decision on the proposals is expected to be taken by the Joint Committee of Greenwich Lewisham, Bromley and Bexley Primary Care Trusts in July.

Response to the consultation fared better than the London-wide consultation, Healthcare for London, which finished in March and only received 4,500 responses.

The responses from these are going to be announced by Ipsos MORI next Tuesday.

All London councils are part of the Joint Health and Overview Committee, to review the proposals.

But Bromley, Greenwich and Bexley council have decided not to formulate a separate response.

A spokesperson for Greenwich council said they would be responding to NHS London during the next stage of the consultation on the Darzi Review later in the Spring.

They said: "It is important that this submission should be able to reflect the local issues emerging from the consultation on 'A Picture of Health' in South East London.

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