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Plans finalised for Oxleas takeover of troubled Sidcup hospital

PUBLISHED: 11:06 17 September 2013 | UPDATED: 11:06 17 September 2013

Queen Mary's Hospital

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Plans for the takeover of Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup have been finalised.

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust was chosen as the preferred partner and will take over ownership of the hospital on October 1 when the financially-stricken South London Healthcare Trust is dissolved.

The trust, which already provides some services at the hospital, will be investing £30million in the next five years to improve facilities.

Services will be also be provided by a number of trusts including Dartford and Gravesham, Guy’s and St Thomas, King’s College and Lewisham and Greenwich, as well as Bexley Council.

Oxleas medical director Dr Ify Okocha said: “This is a great opportunity for Bexley. We are the right people to do this as we have a strong track record of delivering high quality NHS services from high quality facilities.

“This new model will enable us to work together to provide excellent services at Queen Mary’s Hospital.

For example we have plans to develop a brand new radiotherapy service which will be run by Guy’s and St Thomas and prevent local people from needing to travel to central London or Kent to receive treatment.”

South London Healthcare Trust was formed in April 2009 when Queen Mary’s, the Princess Royal in Bromley and Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich were merged.

But it has been riddled with financial problems ever since, saddled with costly PFI debts, and it became the first hospital trust to be placed into special measures last June.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt took the decision to break up the trust following a report and consultation period led by trust special administrator Matthew Kershaw.

Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire said: “I am delighted that the transfer of Queen Mary’s Hospital to Oxleas has been approved.

“It opens a new chapter for Queen Mary’s, providing sound foundations for existing services as well as important new facilities such as the radiotherapy centre enabling patients to be treated in Sidcup.

“After years of uncertainty, this secures the positive future for the hospital so many people have urged. I welcome the new opportunities Oxleas ownership will provide for high quality healthcare services for the benefit of Bexley residents.”

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