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'Innovative plans' to improve from Queen Elizabeth Hospital after damning report

PUBLISHED: 15:40 07 April 2017

David Evennett with Tim Higginson, chief executive of Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

David Evennett with Tim Higginson, chief executive of Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

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The Bexleyheath and Crayford MP met with the hospital's trust chief executive

A new skills academy and changes to infrastructure are to plans set to turn around Queen Elizabeth Hospital, according to a local MP.

David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford has kept the pressure on the hospital, run by Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, since inspectors claimed the hospital ‘required improvement’ in December.

Safety was branded ‘inadequate’ by the CQC and Mr Evennett told the Bexley Times “patients deserve better”.

Today (Friday), Mr Evennett met with Tim Higginson, the trust’s chief executive to raise discuss concerns raised by his constituents, and find out about their plans for improvement.

“I have raised concerns about Queen Elizabeth hospital on a number of occasions, including patient care, cancellation of appointments, and wait times,” said Mr Evennett.

“I have sought reassurances that these issues are being addressed and I look forward to receiving information on the latest CQC report in due course.”

“I had a good meeting with Mr Higginson today in which we discussed some of the hospital’s innovative plans going forward, such as upgrades to the infrastructure and a new Skills Academy. I will continue to hold the trust to account and I look forward to seeing the improvements patients deserve.”

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