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Mayor's pledge to get to the truth'

PUBLISHED: 11:01 30 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:59 25 August 2010

PLEDGE: Boris Johnson.

PLEDGE: Boris Johnson.

MAYOR of London, Boris Johnson, has vowed to help your Times get to the real truth about a highly controversial decision to axe the A & E department at Queen Mary s

MAYOR of London, Boris Johnson, has vowed to help your Times get to the real truth about a highly controversial decision to axe the A & E department at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup.

The mayor reaffirmed his long standing support and commitment to the Times' two year Save our Services campaign.

At a rare meeting at City Hall this week Mr Johnson praised your award winning Times for its investigative journalism and valuable use of the Freedom of Information Act.

This action had revealed a list of previously un-named clinicians who had backed and been consulted on the closure plans. These had been put forward by the government quango - A Picture of Health.

In recent weeks your Times revealed how only sixty top medics were consulted and not one hundred as A Picture of Health insisted in its propaganda. The Mayor praised Times' journalists for the Save our Services healthcare campaign and thanked the newspaper on behalf of the thousands of people in Bromley and Bexley boroughs. In October 2007 a petition containing thousands of names was presented to number 10 Downing Street opposing the plan. Mr Johnson said: "There's more to come and find out about the closure of the Accident and Emergency department at Queen Mary's Hospital and I am going to do my best to help the Times get to the bottom of this. The truth about this matter must all come out. I want to do anything I can for the people of Bexley and Bromley. I love them and they deserve the best.

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