Princess Royal University Hospital maternity unit gets £52,000 Department of Health cash

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BIRTH partners will be able to stay overnight at the Princess Royal University Hospital’s maternity unit thanks to a £52,000 cash injection from the Department of Health.

The South London Healthcare NHS Trust is set to use the money to purchase reclining chairs to enable family members to sleep in the ward.

This is set to improve the experience for women, especially when undergoing an induction of labour or following a caesarean section.

And the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich has been given £400,000 to build a birthing centre.

The Trust’s chief midwife Donna Ockenden said: “We are delighted to have been granted this money to improve the birthing environment for women.

“The Oasis midwifery-led unit at the Princess Royal Hospital has been a real success and this extra funding will mean that the same facilities will now be available for any parents using the services at Queen Elizabeth.”

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11:37am Sun 3 Feb 13

Polly Staight says...

Such wonderful largesse from the "Health" department...

...Meanwhile the people of Lewisham aren't quite so fortunate.

Bearing in mind that Lewisham is (A) not Tory, and (B) very well endowed with recent arrivals...

This looks like racial discrimination.

I don't suppose the government is racialist is it?
Such wonderful largesse from the "Health" department... ...Meanwhile the people of Lewisham aren't quite so fortunate. Bearing in mind that Lewisham is (A) not Tory, and (B) very well endowed with recent arrivals... This looks like racial discrimination. I don't suppose the government is racialist is it? Polly Staight
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12:40pm Sun 3 Feb 13

DollyG says...

I reckon £52000 would buy about 170 recliners from Amazon.. Are the trust buying only from the very expensive end of the market or will the money be spent in other maternity areas as well? Whichever way you look at it this sum on chairs seems out of proportion.
I reckon £52000 would buy about 170 recliners from Amazon.. Are the trust buying only from the very expensive end of the market or will the money be spent in other maternity areas as well? Whichever way you look at it this sum on chairs seems out of proportion. DollyG
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3:06pm Sun 3 Feb 13

beanie59 says...

How can the government justify making Lewisham a midwife led unitt to save costs then give the QE 400000.00, Words fail me"
How can the government justify making Lewisham a midwife led unitt to save costs then give the QE 400000.00, Words fail me" beanie59
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4:35pm Sun 3 Feb 13

Concerned of Orpington says...

No way does any of this compensate for the closure of Lewisham Maternity Unit. It would seem this government has money to throw around when it suits them but they couldn't bail out SLHT instead of destroying it. With all the money they are spending on the enforced reconfiguration it would have paid off the current debt. Lansley promised to bail us out and then reneged on his promise - they have no consciences and lie through their back teeth.
No way does any of this compensate for the closure of Lewisham Maternity Unit. It would seem this government has money to throw around when it suits them but they couldn't bail out SLHT instead of destroying it. With all the money they are spending on the enforced reconfiguration it would have paid off the current debt. Lansley promised to bail us out and then reneged on his promise - they have no consciences and lie through their back teeth. Concerned of Orpington
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4:10pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Eagles_Man says...

Concerned of Orpington wrote:
No way does any of this compensate for the closure of Lewisham Maternity Unit. It would seem this government has money to throw around when it suits them but they couldn't bail out SLHT instead of destroying it. With all the money they are spending on the enforced reconfiguration it would have paid off the current debt. Lansley promised to bail us out and then reneged on his promise - they have no consciences and lie through their back teeth.
That depends how far back in history you want to go.

How about when the DoH promised to cover the PRUH's excessive PFI payments when it was built ... and which party reneged on that promise? Starts with 'L' and ends in 'abour'.
[quote][p][bold]Concerned of Orpington[/bold] wrote: No way does any of this compensate for the closure of Lewisham Maternity Unit. It would seem this government has money to throw around when it suits them but they couldn't bail out SLHT instead of destroying it. With all the money they are spending on the enforced reconfiguration it would have paid off the current debt. Lansley promised to bail us out and then reneged on his promise - they have no consciences and lie through their back teeth.[/p][/quote]That depends how far back in history you want to go. How about when the DoH promised to cover the PRUH's excessive PFI payments when it was built ... and which party reneged on that promise? Starts with 'L' and ends in 'abour'. Eagles_Man
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