James Brokenshire is calling for people to take part in the public consultation on the future of hospital services in South East London. The MP’s message comes as the first of three formal public meetings in Bexley to discuss the special NHS Administrator’s recommendations is held this week. The event which has been organised by Administrator Matthew Kershaw takes place on Tuesday night at The Boathouse in Danson Park.
The Administrator’s proposals include that Queen Mary’s Hospital should be developed into a Bexley Health Campus providing a range of clinical and community services. A new cancer treatment centre has been proposed to boost care for patients living in Bexley and beyond. The Administrator has also recommended that the hospital should be owned by the Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust with health services at Sidcup being provided by a range of organisations.
Three public meetings are being organised by the Administrator in Bexley to discuss the wide-ranging plans:
- Tuesday 13 November between 7pm and 9pm at The Boathouse in Danson Park;
- Wednesday 28 November between 2pm and 4pm at the Marriott Hotel in Bexleyheath; and
- Friday 7 December between 10am and 12 noon at the Bexley Civic Offices.
Full details of the Administrator’s proposals can be found at www.tsa.nhs.uk.
Other recommendations include that:
• The Department for Health should provide additional funds to the local NHS to cover the excess costs of the PFI buildings at Queen Elizabeth and Princess Royal Hospitals. Vacant and poorly utilised premises should be disposed of with the intent of maximising regeneration opportunities.
• The Queen Elizabeth Hospital site in Woolwich should come together with Lewisham NHS Trust to create a new organisation. The Princess Royal University Hospital in Farnborough should either be acquired by Kings College Hospital (which is the Administrator’s preferred option) or that another NHS trust or independent sector company be able to bid to run the services at the site through a procurement process.
• Emergency care should be concentrated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Princess Royal University Hospital with Lewisham Hospital being developed as a centre for non-complex inpatient surgery such as hip and knee replacements.
Commenting James Brokenshire said:
“I believe that the Administrator's recommendations create a solid foundation for Queen Mary's which I hope would be added to and strengthened further in the future. There are points in the Administrator’s report, however, which will need careful scrutiny. In particular, the proposed closure of Lewisham’s A&E department and the ability of QE to cope with additional patient demand.”
The Administrator’s proposals are subject to a public consultation until 13 December 2012.
You can submit your views via the online response form on the Administrator’s website www.tsa.nhs.uk and additional details can be sent by email to email@example.com or by post at: Freepost Plus RSHB-CGKA-RYHK, TSA Consultation, Ipsos MORI, Research Services House, Elmgrove Road, Harrow, HA1 2QG.