James Brokenshire has underlined the need to maintain progress with plans to strengthen Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup during a discussion with the new NHS Special Administrator responsible for hospitals in South East London. Caroline Taylor has recently taken charge of running the heavily indebted South London Healthcare NHS Trust and implementing planned reforms to local hospitals.
Proposals for Lewisham Hospital are currently subject to a legal challenge and reforms which might impact on Lewisham have been put on hold pending the outcome of a forthcoming judicial review. James emphasized to the Administrator that changes at Queen Mary’s did not have a direct bearing on services at Lewisham and it was important to press on with plans for the Sidcup hospital. Consultation is currently underway with hospital staff whose roles are likely to be affected by the proposed changes at Queen Mary’s
Under plans approved by the Secretary of State for Health, Queen Mary’s would transfer from the South London Healthcare Trust to the Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. Hospital services would be provided from Sidcup by a number of NHS organisations including King’s College and Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital Trusts. A new radiotherapy centre would be constructed at Queen Mary's providing treatment to cancer patients locally.
Commenting James said
“The current court challenges may have caused changes at some other hospitals to be suspended, but we need to get on with the Queen Mary’s plan. Work to secure the long term future for Queen Mary’s Hospital is advancing, but it’s important that focus and momentum are maintained.”