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Trust losing money "not an option" as cost of dissolution doubles

PUBLISHED: 17:37 14 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:42 14 October 2013

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South London Healthcare Trust continuing to lose money was "not an option" according to the authority who have announced the cost of its dissolution has almost doubled.

The Trust Development Authority announced the figure has increased from £265million to £466million - a fact attributed to original estimates by the trust special administrator taking into account the timeframe for reconfiguring services and a need to increase staffing levels across the hospitals.

But health campaigner Dave Mott, of Orpington, disagrees with the argument.

He said: “It is a lot of money. That sort of cash could have gone a long way to saving South London Healthcare Trust and making the operational changes it needed to be successful.

“My fear is that a lot of that money is being spent on consultancy fees rather than clinical improvements.

“I hope I’m wrong but that’s my gut feeling.”

SLHT, which had run Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup, was dissolved on October 1 and the running of its parts were taken on by a variety of health providers.

A spokesman for the TDA said: “These changes are a significant step forward in ensuring the people of South East London have sustainable, high quality healthcare.

“There have been repeated attempts over the years to sort out these problems, none of which have worked. These changes mean care will be improved in the future by being delivered by organisations which have a strong focus on quality, governance and finance.”

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