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Times uncovers the TRUTH

PUBLISHED: 17:39 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:50 25 August 2010

NJ2259	12-01-06	Bexley	Queen Marys Hospital, A&E,

NJ2259 12-01-06 Bexley Queen Marys Hospital, A&E,

A HEALTH care committee has finally handed over a list of invitees to a controversial meeting following a two-year battle to keep it secret. A Picture of Health (APoH), the committee behind a decision to close the A&E at Queen Mary s Hospital, Sidcup, (p

A HEALTH care committee has finally handed over a list of invitees to a controversial meeting following a two-year battle to keep it secret.

A Picture of Health (APoH), the committee behind a decision to close the A&E at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, (pictured above) had refused to hand over a list of attendees or invitees to an Emergency Medicine 'workstream' in 2007.

The meeting was the lynchpin of APoH's argument to close A&E and slash maternity services in Sidcup for favour of PFI hospitals in Bromley and Woolwich.

They claimed that '100 clinicians' gave a 'high level of consensus' to reducing services to two sites in south-east London - yet refused to provide evidence for these claims.

After repeated requests for information about the attendees to the meeting, the Times resorted to requesting the information in April last year under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

After APoH refused to hand over a list of attendees, the Times called for an independent review the following month into the decision.

But on June 9 last year, Richard Moss of the Greenwich NHS Teaching Primary Care Trust, ruled that although procedure had not been followed correctly, he upheld the decision not to disclose the information.

The Times then referred the decision to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) that took up the investigation.

Some nine months later, the ICO informed the Times that APoH admitted that they had NO proof of attendees of this meeting, despite claiming they did in their response to our initial request.

The Times then launched a separate request under the FOIA in March this year for a list of the invitees of the meeting. APoH confirmed that they had proof of 63 clinicians who had accepted the invitation to attend, later 53, not the 100 that they had claimed in their previous statements.

However, unsurprisingly they refused to hand over the list citing the same excuses as the previous request.

Undeterred the Times demanded an internal review and this time, NHS Greenwich, who took up the review confirmed last Wednesday that the information should be handed over.

On handing over the information to the Times, Clive Caseley of APoH wrote: "Although there is an arguable case for not releasing the information - and while the decisions not to release the information relating to your requests were taken in good faith and with good intent - on balance these decisions were not

correct."

THE LIST OF INVITEES TO THE MEETING

Queen Elizabeth's Hospital, Woolwich

Dr David Robson, former Medical Director of QEH. Now retired.

Dr David Sulch, Clinical Director, Acute MedicineQEH

Val Kelly, General Manager, Specialist MedicineQEH

Dr Judy Russell, Clinical Director, Specialist Medicine, QEH.

Dr Stephen Metcalf, Clinical Lead in Emergency Medicine, QEHDr Duncan Brooke Consultant in the Emergency Department, QEH

Dr Nic Ketley, Consultant Haematology / Oncology at QEH

Mr Kislaya Thakur, Consultant Surgeon,QEH

Mr Midhat Siddiqui, Consultant Surgeon,QEH

Anna Shasha, QEH

Jemma Wells, QEH

Helen Knower, QEH

Karen Servadel, QEH

Mr Nigel Perks, QEH

Dr Jane Burch, QEH

Dr Sharon Power, QEH

Dr Judy Russell, QEH

Dr Carl Shakespeare, QEH

Cathy Pullen, QEH

Alree Hunt, Maternity and Paeds, QEH

Dr Julie LordPaeds, QEH

Dr Vinay PaiPaeds, QEH, Now at Kingston Hospital.

Dr Alistair McNairSpecialist Med and Surgery, QEH

Mr Nikhil Sarangi, Urology and Andrology Consultant, QEH

Mr William Scott, Trauma and Orthopaedics Consultant, QEH

Dr SurenthiranClinical Support, QEH,

Dr James Wafula, Radiology (Clinical Support), QEH

University Hospital, Lewisham (UHL)

Nadeem Nayeem, Emergency Department Clinical Director UHL

Gabrielle Kingsley, Divisional Director, Medicine, UHL

Rebecca Carlton, General Manager, Medicine, UHL

John Miell, Clinical Director, Acute Medicine, UHL

Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup (QMS)

Dr M Hayder HassanEmergency Department Clinical Lead, QMS. Against the proposals.

Dr Gloria Yu,Associate Medical Director of Emergency Care, QMS

Dr Simon JonesAssociate Director, Emergency Care, QMS

Dr Charles Shee Chest / General Physician, QMS

Princess Royal University Hospital, Bromley (PRUH)

Ian StellEmergency Department, PRUH

Mr Prakash Sinha, Consultant Surgeon, Lead Cancer Clinician, PRUH

Joanne Cutting, Service Delivery Director, PRUH

Fiona Christie, Divisional Nurse Manager, Medicine / Emergency Department, PRUH

Jennie Hall, Acting Nurse DirectorPRUH

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