James Brokenshire is urging the Administrator of the South London Healthcare NHS Trust to say “yes” to the future of Queen Mary’s Hospital as plans for local hospitals start to be finalised. The MP is backing the “QM Yes” Campaign to press the Administrator to secure the long-term future of the Sidcup Hospital as part of his recommendations for NHS acute care.
The QM Yes Campaign underlines the importance of Queen Mary’s Hospital to the local community and sets out some of the positive steps needed to put the hospital back on a positive course. These include:
• Putting QMS under new NHS ownership to provide the hospital with much needed financial stability and to break the link with neighbouring hospitals whose onerous PFI contracts have caused crippling debts and held back plans to secure QMS’s future;
• Adding new hospital services at Sidcup such as a new radiotherapy centre to significantly enhance cancer treatment care in South East London; and
• Implementing the so-called ‘campus plan’ allowing a number of different health organisations to run clinical and other services at Queen Mary’s including planned surgery, diagnostics and urgent care to better meet the needs of the community
A demonstration is being planned for Saturday 20 October on The Green, Sidcup at 11 am in support of Queen Mary’s Hospital and the QM Yes Campaign.
The South London Healthcare Trust which runs the hospitals in Bexley, Bromley & Greenwich was put into a special measures regime in July after racking up a deficit of £150 million in the last three years. Matthew Kershaw, the Administrator, has been tasked with drawing up a plan to deal with the unsustainable position of the Trust and to make recommendations on how hospital services in this area should be taken forward. Mr Kershaw’s interim report is expected to be published at the end of this month.
Commenting James Brokenshire said:
“The QM Yes Campaign is about securing the best outcome for Queen Mary’s and the long term future of hospital services from Sidcup. This includes delivering new facilities such as a brand new radiotherapy centre as part of the Queen Mary’s campus proposals. When the administrator publishes his report in just a few weeks’ time I want him to turn this positive vision into a reality and say ‘yes’ to QMS”.