King’s College Hospital could take over and re-open A&E facilities at Queen Mary’s Hospital, following its closure last year.
The plan being considered by Sidcup MP James Brokenshire, after the Government rejected calls to overrule NHS London’s decision to close Chislehurst’s local A&E facility. King’s College is already at partner at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in central London.
“We had… hoped that the Health Secretary would have overturned what I still consider to be a deeply flawed decision by NHS London,” said Brokenshire.
“The response does open up options which had seemed closed before, with the potential for central London teaching hospitals – such as King’s and Guy’s & St Thomas’ – to provide more of their services from Sidcup. We need to use this opportunity to attract other potential NHS providers to Queen Mary’s and re-shape the future of our local hospital. I have already started these discussions.”
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has been criticised for allowing Queen Mary’s to close after the Conservative Party promised in its Election manifesto to step-in to prevent the forced closure of A&E facilities.
Chislehurst residents, who now need to travel to Princess Royal University Hospital in Farnborough in a medical emergency, have written to Bromley & Chislehurst MP Bob Neill asking for him to explain why the Government has apparently broken its election pledge.
Update – Bromley & Chislehurst MP Bob Neill has responded to local residents about the closure of A&E facilities at Queen Mary’s hospital. In it he dodges the central question about why the Conservative Party has reneged on an election pledge to prevent the forced closure of A&E facilities. However, our local MP does reveal that he disappointed that his colleague Heath Secretary Andrew Lansley hasn’t intervened to save Queen Mary’s.
25 February 2011
Thank you for your recent email about Queen Mary’s.
Like you, I had hoped that the Health Secretary would have overturned what I still consider to be a deeply flawed decision by NHS London over ‘A Picture of Health’. However, what he has done is give GPs the ability to determine what facilities and services should be provided from QMS.
They now have the ability to enlist providers – such as central London teaching hospitals or other leading health organisations – to help deliver greater care locally. I am hopeful that this will present an opportunity to attract other potential NHS providers to QMS and that they can re-shape the future of our local hospital.
All the best,
17 February 2011
Dear Mr. Neill,
As a Chislehurst resident I am extremely disappointed (although equally unsurprised) to learn that Andrew Lansley has chosen to support the decision of NHS London to close A&E facilities at Queen Mary’s hospital permanently. I do not know of a single local resident supportive of this closure and the refusal of Mr Lansley to intervene appears to completely contradict the Conservative Party election Manifesto pledge to “stop the forced closure of A&E and maternity wards, so that people have better access to local services.”
In your capacity as my local MP, I should be grateful if you would confirm whether you support the Conservative Party’s election manifesto pledge, on which you were elected to serve the residents of Bromley & Chislehurst, or the contrary position that has actually been taken by the Conservative-led coalition government.
I look forward to receiving your response.
FURTHER UPDATE 2/3/11: King’s College confirms talks but dismisses suggestions of A&E revival.