Evennett welcomes good news for local hospital services

Queen Mary'sDavid Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has welcomed today’s announcement by the Secretary of State for Health that funding that will help local hospitals with winter pressures (10 September).

South London Healthcare NHS Trust will be given £7.7million for accident and emergency units as part of a £250million scheme by NHS England to assist Trusts who need extra help.

Commenting on the news, Mr Evennett said “It is important to provide local hospitals with extra help at Winter given the additional pressures that they face. A&E departments are now dealing with an extra one million visits every year and there are also significant challenges with regards to our aging and rising population. I hope that this announcement of this extra funding, together with robust monitoring, will help make a difference for people visiting hospitals this Winter.”

In addition, it has been confirmed by the Directors and Governors of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust that they will take over the Queen Mary’s Hospital site on 1 October 2013.

Mr Evennett said “I strongly welcome this arrangement, as I have campaigned to help secure the future of the Queen Mary’s Hospital site on behalf of my constituents. It ensures that important services can be provided for local people and I am pleased that Oxleas will invest in this site over the next five years. Oxleas are an excellent healthcare provider who I am sure will add real value.”