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.
In a separate move, James Brokenshire will meet with the Chairman and Chief Executive of the South London Healthcare NHS Trust which runs QMS next Friday (28 May) to discuss the extent of implementation of the ‘A Picture of Health' hospital reorganisation plans signed off by the last Government. James has also written to local GPs to seek their views and is arranging a series of meetings with them.
Commenting James Brokenshire said:
"I know how much people in this area care about Queen Mary's Hospital and that's why securing the future of our local hospital is my top local priority. I'm seeking urgent confirmation from the Department of Health on the impact of the new Coalition Government's policies in relation to Queen Mary's and am pressing as hard as I can for the current closure plans to be stopped."