Merger spells danger for QMS’

PUBLISHED: 12:44 19 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:21 25 August 2010

THE merger of three indebted hospital trusts will be a dangerous time for patients according to one health policy expert.

THE merger of three indebted hospital trusts will be a "dangerous time for patients" according to one health policy expert.

Health Minister Alan Johnson gave the go-ahead on Monday for the merging of Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust (BHT), Queen Elizabeth NHS Trust, Woolwich (QEH) and Queen Mary's, Sidcup NHS Trust (QMS). But Information Director of pressure group London Health Emergency Dr John Lister said the merger will result in service cuts at QMS as it is the only site that does not have a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract.

He said "This is a dangerous time for the people of Bexley.

"It is an outrage that they have not been consulted on this.

"QEH and BHT are under-funded by £5million each a year so where are they going to make the savings - by cutting Bexley's services."

The new Trust called South London Healthcare NHS Trust is due to take shape on April 1 and will have an annual budget of more than £400 million.

A Department of Health spokesperson said: "The Secretary of State has decided that they will be better placed to further strengthen services for the local population."

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