Local News

New Direction for Hospital Changes Urged

James Brokenshire has urged the Health Secretary not to pursue the much criticised 'A Picture of Health' plans for local hospital reorganisation and instead partner local hospitals in South East London with key Central London teaching hospitals.

Hospital Standards Criticised

The Care Quality Commission has published critical reports on the hospitals managed by the South London Healthcare Trust calling for urgent improvements. The CQC identified breaches in regulations covering staffing levels, safeguarding, standards of care, the management of medicines, record-keeping and systems to assess standards of care.

Extra Time for Royal Wedding Celebrations

James Brokenshire has announced proposals to allow pubs, clubs, bars and other licensed premises to stay open until 1am to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.  The extended hours on Friday 29 April and Saturday 30 April 2011 would allow many premises to open an extra two hours and put on live music and other forms of entertainment if they choose to mark the special occasion.

Health Secretary Visits Queen Mary's

James Brokenshire joined Health Secretary Andrew Lansley during a private visit to Queen Mary's Hospital Sidcup.  Mr Lansley spoke to staff and local health managers as the future of the hospital remains to be decided.  Accident & Emergency services at the hospital have now been closed on a 'temporary' basis due to safety concerns and maternity services are due to be withdrawn on 13 December.

Respect for Shop Staff

James Brokenshire joined staff at The Co-operative Food on Station Road to back a campaign urging shoppers to keep their cool in the run-up to Christmas, and to show respect for retail workers. The visit was in support of shopworkers’ union Usdaw’s “Freedom from Fear” campaign.

'Darkest Day' for Queen Mary's

James Brokenshire has warned that other hospitals may not be able to cope with increased demand from patients following the 'temporary' closure of the A & E Department at Queen Mary's Hospital.


James Brokenshire will mark Remembrance Sunday by laying a wreath at the war memorial on the Green in Sidcup as well as attending the special Remembrance Service at St John's Church, Sidcup and the Festival of Remembrance at St Michael's Church, East Wickham.

Hospital Petition Goes to Number 10

James Brokenshire has joined fellow MP David Evennett and the editor of the News Shopper Richard Firth in taking the Queen Mary's Hospital campaign to Downing Street. The group handed in a 2,500 name petition in support of the latest part of the campaign to save services at the Sidcup hospital.

Macmillan Cancer Care's Sidcup Roots

Douglas Macmillan's link to Sidcup has been commemorated by Bexley Civic Society with the unveiling of a new plaque at the house where he lived in Knoll Road.  The founder of Macmillan Cancer Care lived in Sidcup for over 40 years during which time the foundations of the charity were developed.