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Update: administrator makes final South London Healthcare Trust recommendations leaving campaigners concerned

PUBLISHED: 17:03 08 January 2013

Julie and David Mott have campaigned for many years against the axing of NHS services in Bromley and Bexley

Julie and David Mott have campaigned for many years against the axing of NHS services in Bromley and Bexley

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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.

Queen Mary's Hospital in SidcupQueen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup

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.

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