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U-turn could save cash

PUBLISHED: 16:12 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:57 25 August 2010

SURGERY services could be moved between hospitals to save money.

SURGERY services could be moved between hospitals to save money.

Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust said it could cut costs by moving long-term surgery from Orpington Hospital to the Princess Royal Hospital, Farnborough on Tuesday.

The move could be made by Autumn, following discussions with staff, Bromley council, and depending on the outcome of the A Picture of Health consultation.

Sue Sulis, secretary of Bromley Community Care Protection Group, said: "It is a U-turn from the report they put forward under the previous chief executive.

"I think it is outrageous waste of money. It cost £8 million and only opened in 2003.

The campaigner also worried that PRU may not be able to deal with more patients, after Times research revealed it suffers from overcrowding.

She added: "You have shown that they need more beds than they currently have.

"I don't know how they can possibly justify getting rid of this facility in the interests of patient choice.

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