APOH suspended

The Chief Executive of the NHS in London has confirmed to Old Bexley & Sidcup MP James Brokenshire that the controversial ‘A Picture of Health' plans for hospital care in Outer South East London have been put on hold pending a formal re-examination. In a letter to the MP, Ruth Carnall revealed that Simon Robbins - the Chief Executive of Bromley PCT and the South East London Sector NHS Chief Executive - had been appointed to lead the review into proposed changes to hospital services at Queen Mary's Sidcup, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Royal University hospitals.

Brokenshire warns festivals over 'legal highs'

James Brokenshire has asked organisers of summer music festivals to warn people about the dangers of so-called 'legal highs'.  The Minister for Crime Prevention has written to the organisers of the Glastonbury and Latitude festivals, as well as other popular music festivals, asking them to be aware of the dangers of drugs that are known as 'legal' or 'herbal' highs.

GPs critical in deciding future of local hospital services

Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire has launched a series of meetings with local GPs to assess their views on proposed changes to local hospital services. The local MP held two separate meetings with local doctors in Sidcup and Bexley on Thursday and Friday with more sessions planned in the next few weeks. The meetings with General Practitioners come in the wake of new Government criteria by which proposals to change hospital services are to be assessed. These make clear that support from GP commissioners will be essential.

Carers Week

Old Bexley and Sidcup MP, James Brokenshire, has teamed up with GMTV news reporter and presenter John Stapleton to support this year's Carers Week (14 - 20 June) and celebrate the contribution made by people in Old Bexley and Sidcup, and throughout the UK, who provide unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled.

Do Your Country Proud in South Africa

As thousands of British football fans jet off for the World Cup in South Africa, James Brokenshire, Minister for Crime Prevention and MP for Old Bexley & Sidcup has called for good behaviour off the pitch to match what he hopes will be a strong performance on the pitch by England. Mr Brokenshire said: 'I want England fans to have a great time, and enjoy what will be a unique event - the first World Cup in Africa. But I also want them to be sensible and behave themselves. 

Queen Mary's Meeting

Old Bexley & Sidcup MP James Brokenshire and George Jenkins and Dr Chris Streather, the Chairman and Chief Executive of the South London Healthcare NHS Trust met on Friday to discuss the future of services at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup. The meeting came in the wake of a letter sent by Sir David Nicholson the Chief Executive of the NHS in England to all health trusts highlighting new requirements by which health service reorganisations are to be assessed. 

Dealing with Drugs Offences

Tackling drug misuse and reducing the impact of drug-related crime is a key priority for the Home Office, James Brokenshire emphasised today on a visit to Kent. The minister - who has responsibility for crime prevention - met with police in Gravesend to see the success they have had tackling prolific offenders with drug addictions on the Kings Farm Estate.

100 Years of Guiding

James Brokenshire joined hundreds of Guides, Brownies and Rainbows from across Bexley to celebrate the centenary of the Girl Guide movement.  The special event in Danson Park featured a range of activities from crafts, dance and climbing.  The day was rounded off with live performances on the big stage with music and entertainment into the evening.

Government Appointment

James Brokenshire has been appointed as a junior minister to serve in the Coalition Government. The Old Bexley & Sidcup MP was called by the Prime Minister on Tuesday evening to invite him to join the Government as a Home Office Minister working with the new Home Secretary the Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP. James's ministerial responsibilities include policy on drugs and alcohol and measures to prevent crime.Commenting James said:"It is a huge privilege to have been asked to serve in the new Government. I'm particularly pleased to have been appointed to the Home Office. It will give me the chance to follow through on some of the policies and proposals I have been working on over the last few years. I'm very much looking forward to the challenges ahead and in helping to make our communities safer places to work, live and be." 

Action on Queen Mary's Hospital

James Brokenshire has written to the Health Secretary Rt. Hon. Andrew Lansley MP urging him to call a halt on proposals which would see A&E and maternity services stripped from Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup. The Old Bexley & Sidcup MP has been campaigning to retain services at Queen Mary's and to secure the long terms future of the local hospital. The Coalition Agreement for the new Government makes specific reference to a moratorium on further hospital A&E and maternity reorganisations and says that local GPs and the public will be given a much say on hospital services.