MPs outline hospital priorities

Conservative MPs in Bexley and Bromley have published a document setting out key principles to guide the forthcoming administration of the South London Healthcare NHS Trust. The MPs have delivered a copy of “Improving Hospital Services in South East London” to the Department of Health just days before a special NHS administrator is expected to take over the running of local hospitals.

James Brokenshire (MP for Old Bexley & Sidcup), David Evennett (MP for Bexleyheath & Crayford), Jo Johnson (MP for Orpington) and Bob Neill (MP for Bromley & Chislehurst) believe the expected administration regime should be guided by certain core principles to achieve a deliverable plan for local hospital services commanding public support. Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley notified South London Healthcare NHS Trust on 25 June that he was likely to put it into an “unsustainable provider regime” with its activities put under the control of a special NHS administrator with wide ranging powers to make rapid recommendations on the future of hospital services.

The MPs’ document includes five guiding principles for the administration:

1. Front-line services should be protected with changes focussed on securing not shutting services;
2. A solution for the Trust’s PFI crippling burden, currently estimated to cost £66.8 million each year, should be delivered.
3. Existing plans to secure Queen Mary’s Hospital and health services within Orpington should be advanced.
4. Local hospital services should be strengthened through more effective collaboration with central London teaching hospitals and better co-ordination with local NHS and community services.
5. Changes should provide long-term stability with NHS staff being supported throughout the process.

Mr Evennett said:

“Local people want and deserve high quality local services and it is essential to retain a campus at Queen Mary’s Hospital to meet local needs.

“I believe that administration offers a real opportunity to provide a long-term, sustainable future for our local Hospitals and improve services in our area.”

The document can be downloaded here: REPORT