Local News

Flower Festival

James Brokenshire joined the Mayor of Bexley, Councillor Val Clark at the opening of the St John's Sidcup Flower Festival on Friday. Proceeds from the event will raise funds for Demelza Hospice Care for Children as well as St John's Church.  The festival runs throughout the weekend and concludes on Sunday with a special Choral Evensong at 5.30pm where James will read one of the lessons.

Serving the Community

James Brokenshire congratulated 180 young volunteers for their service to patients at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup at a special event on Friday.  The 'Vibe' Project which is run by the charity CSV in partnership with South London Healthcare NHS Trust and provides young people aged between 16-25 with the opportunity to volunteer at the hospital. 

APOH Review Update

James Brokenshire has been told that the review of 'A Picture of Health' (APOH) is now to be led by an external body. NHS London has revealed that the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) is to be appointed to conduct the re-assessment of local hospital reorganisation plans affecting services at Queen Mary's Sidcup, Princess Royal University Hospital Bromley and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Greenwich.

Lark in the Park's Flying Visit

One of the Metropolitan Police's helicopters paid a flying visit to Sidcup as the highlight of this year's 'Lark in the Park'. Traffic on The Green was brought to a halt on Saturday lunchtime as the 'Eurocopter' came into land for a special visit to the community event at Sidcup Place.

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.

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. 

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.