David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford has welcomed today’s announcement by the Health Secretary that the proposals relating to Queen Mary’s Hospital will proceed (31 January).
During a House of Commons statement, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP said that the South London Healthcare NHS Trust Special Administrator’s recommendations would be accepted. These include breaking up the Trust and bringing in other NHS Trusts to run new and existing services on the Queen Mary’s site.
However, whilst there will be changes at Lewisham Hospital, Mr Hunt rejected the Special Administrator’s proposal that accident and emergency should be closed, instead retaining a smaller A&E department that will have 24/7 senior medical supervision.
Commenting on the Health Secretary’s decision, Mr Evennett said “I am pleased that the future of the Queen Mary’s Hospital site is secure and local people will be able to access new NHS services. I welcome the decision to break up the failed South London Healthcare Trust and bring in new providers, which I have long campaigned for.”
He added “The Secretary of State has also listened to the concerns about the proposed closure of the accident and emergency department at Lewisham Hospital, which would have had serious consequences for my constituents. The retention of a 24/7 A&E department at Lewisham should be welcomed.”
News release – 10 January 2013
David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, had a short meeting with the Secretary of State for Health, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, last night to discuss the South London Healthcare NHS Trust Special Administrator’s report on local Hospital services.
Mr Evennett urged the Secretary of State to accept the recommendations made in respect of Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup, so that the site has a sustainable and viable future as a hub for health and social care services. He also expressed his concerns about the potential impact of the downgrading of Lewisham Hospital’s A&E department, suggesting that constituents may suffer from longer waiting times and poorer service at Queen Elizabeth Hospital as a result of the Trust Special Administrator’s proposal.
Mr Evennett said “Whilst it is important that these changes address the historic financial problems within South London Healthcare NHS Trust, it is vital that the Trust is broken up, Queen Mary’s Hospital has a viable and sustainable future and my constituents have access to good NHS services when they need them.”
The Secretary of State will make a decision on the proposals by 1 February.
News release – 9 January 2013
The South London Healthcare NHS Trust Special Administrator’s Report has now been submitted to the Secretary of State for Health for consideration.
Commenting on its publication, Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett said:
“It is vital that this review ensures a secure and viable future for Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup. I am pleased that the Trust Special Administrator has recommended that it becomes a hub for important health and social care services for local people and I shall be writing to the Secretary of State for Health to urge him to adopt the proposals in respect of Queen Mary’s Hospital.
“I welcome the dissolution of the South London Healthcare NHS Trust and the proposed finance to deal with the PFI problem. I strongly support the involvement of King’s College Hospital within our area and their proposed takeover of the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley.
“However, I do remain concerned about the consequences for my constituents of the downgrading of Lewisham Hospital’s accident and emergency department.”
The report can be downloaded from the website at www.tsa.nhs.uk.
News release – 13 November 2012
David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has written to South London Healthcare NHS Trust Special Administrator Matthew Kershaw today in response to the consultation on his draft report about the future of local health services.
Writing on behalf of constituents, he urged Mr Kershaw to proceed with the plans for a Bexley Health Campus at Queen Mary’s Hospital and transfer ownership of the site in order to secure its future. The full text of his letter is provided below.
“I am writing to strongly support the recommendations made in respect of the future of Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup.
“I believe that South London Healthcare NHS should be broken up and the ownership of the Queen Mary’s Hospital site should be transferred to another NHS Trust in order to protect it for the future.
“I have also campaigned for a Bexley Health Campus to be established on the Queen Mary’s Hospital site that would offer a variety of important services. I hope that this will include cancer treatments, a permanent home for the dialysis unit and elective day surgery.
“However, there are real concerns about the proposal to close the accident and emergency department at Lewisham Hospital and the consequences for Queen Elizabeth Hospital and my constituents.
“I urge you to proceed with the proposals in respect of the Bexley Health Campus and Queen Mary’s Hospital.”
To find out more and respond to the consultation, click here: http://www.tsa.nhs.uk/document-downloads
News release – 29 October 2012
Commenting on the publication of the Trust Special Administrator’s draft report on sustainable NHS services in South East London, Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett said:
“I welcome the draft report’s recommendation that SLHT will be split up and that a Bexley Health Campus established on the Queen Mary’s Hospital site in Sidcup.
“The report sets out a positive vision that would include new cancer services being developed on the site and also become an important centre for urgent care services.
“I believe that these changes could help to preserve the long-term future of the Queen Mary’s site and provide vital healthcare facilities for Bexley residents.”