South London Healthcare Trust managers enjoy £6,000 conference in America

PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 October 2012

Queen Mary's Hospital is run by South London Healthcare Trust

Queen Mary's Hospital is run by South London Healthcare Trust


Five managers from the troubled South London Healthcare Trust (SLHT), which runs Sidcup hospital Queen Mary’s, attended a course in America at a cost of £6,000.

The trip to attend the conference hosted by information technology contractors Cerner in Kansas City, Missouri, was paid for by the trust.

Frances Hook, of Keep Our NHS Public, said: “We am very concerned that this is happening with the current uncertainty surrounding the trust.

“As far as we know a decision hasn’t been made on the future unless those on the inside know something we don’t.” The conference ran from October 7 to 10 and featured a party paid for by the organisers.

Cerner has a contract worth between £250m and £400m to provide IT systems for seven London hospital trusts including SLHT.

A statement from SLHT said: “We are currently working to implement Cerner IT systems across our hospital. This project is vital to the future of our health care services locally.

“Attendance at the conference will support the trust moving to the next stage of the programme.”

A decision will be announced on SLHT’s future by administrator Matthew Kershaw in a report due to be released on Monday (October 29), which could see the trust broken up.

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