Update: administrator makes final South London Healthcare Trust recommendations leaving campaigners concerned
PUBLISHED: 17:03 08 January 2013
The final report into the break-up of South London Healthcare Trust recommends Queen Mary's Hospital should become a "health hub" but retain its name.
It was presented to Parliament on Tuesday following a public consultation on draft proposals.
Trust administrator Matthew Kershaw is pressing ahead with plans to close Lewisham’s A&E despite huge protests.
Campaigner Julie Mott said: “Public views have been ignored. Where does Queen Mary’s come into this? If Lewisham A&E shuts, emergency patients in Bexley will be worse off.”
After the closure of Queen Mary’s A&E in 2010, Bexley patients were redirected to Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich. If Lewisham’s A&E is also axed, Bexley residents fear longer waiting times.
Some Bexley emergency cases are also taken to Darent Valley in Dartford but last week its A&E closed as it was over-capacity.
Mr Kershaw also recommends that SLHT’s Private Finance Initiative debts should be written off.
The trust was drowning in debts – spending 16 per cent of its annual income (£69 million) on repayments.
PFI was used to build Queen Elizabeth and the Princess Royal in Farnborough, and repayments are much higher than government-financed projects.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has until February 1 to make his final decision.