James Brokenshire has said that Queen Mary’s Hospital Sidcup can finally look to the future with confidence as a result of recommendations published this week. The hospital looks set to be put under new NHS ownership as early as June with clinical services - including a new radiotherapy centre - being provided by a number of NHS organisations including King’s College Hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trusts.
The future of the hospital was questioned when the South London Healthcare Trust was put into administration last year after racking up tens of millions of pounds in debt with the sustainability of local services put in doubt. In his final report published on Tuesday the special NHS Administrator appointed to sort out the problem has called on the Secretary of State for Health to transfer the hospital to local NHS Trust Oxleas with a number of different NHS bodies providing treatment and care to patients.
Services provided from Queen Mary’s are recommended to include:
· Urgent Care / Minor Injuries Unit;
· Specialist services including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and renal dialysis;
· Planned day case surgery;
· Outpatient clinics;
· Older people’s services including intermediate care beds;
· Community midwifery services;
· Children’s services including the child development centre and paediatric assessment unit;
· Diagnostics including CT, ultrasound and X-ray;
· Therapies to support outpatients and diagnostics such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy; and
· In-patient mental health treatment
with clinical and medical care provided by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.
The Health Secretary will respond to the plans in early February.
James Brokenshire who has been campaigning for the hospital’s future as part of the “QM Yes” campaign said:
“I welcome the Administrator’s formal recommendation to the Secretary of State that Queen Mary’s Hospital should be secured. With a number of specialist services provided by the central London teaching hospitals underpinned by local NHS organisations delivering outpatient facilities, day case surgery and other clinical care, I believe this offers a sound platform for the hospital’s future with scope to broaden services further in due course.
“Putting the hospital under new NHS ownership and management with the Oxleas Foundation Trust will deliver much needed financial stability and the scope for capital investment into the site. The report also rightly addresses concerns over Queen Mary’s being described as a “health campus” underlining that it is and will remain a hospital.
“I will be asking the Health Secretary to endorse the recommendations for Queen Mary’s Hospital so that we can get on with putting these important changes into effect as soon as possible for the benefit of Bexley residents.”