Queen Elizabeth Hospital capacity problems blamed on Bexley 'bed-blockers'

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AS LEWISHAM health campaigners toasted a famous legal victory last week, Bexley residents were being blamed for 'bed blocking' at a struggling neighbouring hospital.

Plans by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to downgrade Lewisham Hospital's A&E and maternity services were quashed at the High Court on July 31 following a legal challenge by Lewisham Council and a grassroots campaign.

The proposal was part of a range of measures to cut health costs in south-east London following the financial collapse of South London Healthcare Trust (SLHT) - which runs Queen Mary's in Sidcup, the Princess Royal (PRUH) in Farnborough and Woolwich's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

It was ruled that Mr Hunt had acted outside his powers by including Lewisham - run by a separate health trust - in the plans.
But health chiefs, who are weighing up an appeal, insist the decision will not derail other changes, including transferring Queen Mary's to Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust where it will be run as a "health campus".

In the meantime, the neighbouring PRUH and Queen Elizabeth - which, unlike Queen Mary's, still have an A&E - continue to struggle with high demand.

Back in May, trust special administrator Caroline Taylor admitted that patients were sometimes waiting too long for treatment and estimed Queen Elizabeth needed another 20 beds.

And at a Greenwich Council meeting last week, local authority leader Councillor Chris Roberts put part of the blame for capacity problems at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich  - which he said would be worsened by a Lewisham downgrade - on Bexley.

He claimed Bexley Council had failed to deliver on health policies, saying: "A huge amount of bed blocking comes from that area because the community facilities don't exist in Bexley."

A spokesman for Bexley Council said: "Chris Roberts is wrong to say that capacity issues in Queen Elizabeth Hospital reflect our failure to develop community health facilities. As he well knows, community health facilities are developed and commissioned by local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), not by the council.

"Our social care staff have been working very closely with Bexley CCG to invest in and develop ways of preventing hospital admissions and promoting discharge when people are ready to go home.

"We have brought together teams of social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, nurses and their support staff, so that they can stop people going into hospital when they don't need to, and ensure they come home at the right time with any necessary support. This includes services to help people develop their independence skills following illness or disability.

"We are working very closely with our health colleagues to base these integrated teams at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, so that they support Bexley patients and free up acute beds for those that need them."

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9:59am Wed 7 Aug 13

Virtual-Monster says...

Chris Roberts suddenly becomes vocal about hospital services in the local area. Where was he and his cowardly cohorts when we were fighting to protect Lewisham A&E?

No one wants to hear from this weasel of an easy seat seeking politician (I feel sorry for the residents of the Glyndon ward) so the sooner he shuts the hell up the better for all of us.
Chris Roberts suddenly becomes vocal about hospital services in the local area. Where was he and his cowardly cohorts when we were fighting to protect Lewisham A&E? No one wants to hear from this weasel of an easy seat seeking politician (I feel sorry for the residents of the Glyndon ward) so the sooner he shuts the hell up the better for all of us. Virtual-Monster

11:02am Wed 7 Aug 13

RoyalFactor says...

Don't forget Cleverly & Neill who were all too vocal about guaranteeing the future of Queen Mary's A&E if their government was elected. With guaranteed seats it didn't matter to them that these facilities were shut after the votes were in. What a shame the residents of Sidcup were more concerned about whether Waitrose would end up in the High Street rather than forgetting about what these people did to them.
Don't forget Cleverly & Neill who were all too vocal about guaranteeing the future of Queen Mary's A&E if their government was elected. With guaranteed seats it didn't matter to them that these facilities were shut after the votes were in. What a shame the residents of Sidcup were more concerned about whether Waitrose would end up in the High Street rather than forgetting about what these people did to them. RoyalFactor

1:21pm Wed 7 Aug 13

David N says...

It could be bedblocking in their own hospital in Sidcup the politicians did not want to save a few pounds by shutting Queen Marys! Safe in our hands
It could be bedblocking in their own hospital in Sidcup the politicians did not want to save a few pounds by shutting Queen Marys! Safe in our hands [not] David N

3:30pm Wed 7 Aug 13

dizzy13 says...

RoyalFactor wrote:
Don't forget Cleverly & Neill who were all too vocal about guaranteeing the future of Queen Mary's A&E if their government was elected. With guaranteed seats it didn't matter to them that these facilities were shut after the votes were in. What a shame the residents of Sidcup were more concerned about whether Waitrose would end up in the High Street rather than forgetting about what these people did to them.
What a load of rubbish. although I have met Clevery and think he is a puffed up pompus twit when did either of them say a Conservative Gov WOULD save the hospitals. Show us the actual quote and letter. They had no hope as Labour just wanted to save a buck and screw Bexley. Now you only quote them, you form Bromley with its svaed PPI hospital and a&e. You wanna have a moan, moan at the 'Saviours' of the NHS, the wonderful labour party who are not fit to kiss my backside They dumped on our hospital and now we all have to go to woolwich or Orpington
[quote][p][bold]RoyalFactor[/bold] wrote: Don't forget Cleverly & Neill who were all too vocal about guaranteeing the future of Queen Mary's A&E if their government was elected. With guaranteed seats it didn't matter to them that these facilities were shut after the votes were in. What a shame the residents of Sidcup were more concerned about whether Waitrose would end up in the High Street rather than forgetting about what these people did to them.[/p][/quote]What a load of rubbish. although I have met Clevery and think he is a puffed up pompus twit when did either of them say a Conservative Gov WOULD save the hospitals. Show us the actual quote and letter. They had no hope as Labour just wanted to save a buck and screw Bexley. Now you only quote them, you form Bromley with its svaed PPI hospital and a&e. You wanna have a moan, moan at the 'Saviours' of the NHS, the wonderful labour party who are not fit to kiss my backside They dumped on our hospital and now we all have to go to woolwich or Orpington dizzy13

3:35pm Wed 7 Aug 13

dizzy13 says...

Its funny how Labour jump up and down about being the heroes of the NHs, love the NHS, the NHS is wondeful and they saved it. Most of us voted for Blair in 97 as he was cool. But these 'Angels' of the NHS did nothing but screw us in Bexley and Welling and Sidcup and Bexleyehath. When Queen Marys was under threat of closure Labour sat on their hands and let it happen, not one of them spoke out against it. When Lewishm got threatened by having a slight downgrade you would think someone crapped on Nye Bevins Grave. They had rallies, protests they screamed and weeped. Hypercrits the lot of them! Chris Roberts can go to hell. His lot caused the problems that resulted in Lewishams almost loosing A&E and he shouldnt forget that.
Its funny how Labour jump up and down about being the heroes of the NHs, love the NHS, the NHS is wondeful and they saved it. Most of us voted for Blair in 97 as he was cool. But these 'Angels' of the NHS did nothing but screw us in Bexley and Welling and Sidcup and Bexleyehath. When Queen Marys was under threat of closure Labour sat on their hands and let it happen, not one of them spoke out against it. When Lewishm got threatened by having a slight downgrade you would think someone crapped on Nye Bevins Grave. They had rallies, protests they screamed and weeped. Hypercrits the lot of them! Chris Roberts can go to hell. His lot caused the problems that resulted in Lewishams almost loosing A&E and he shouldnt forget that. dizzy13

7:30pm Wed 7 Aug 13

RoyalFactor says...

dizzy13 wrote:
RoyalFactor wrote: Don't forget Cleverly & Neill who were all too vocal about guaranteeing the future of Queen Mary's A&E if their government was elected. With guaranteed seats it didn't matter to them that these facilities were shut after the votes were in. What a shame the residents of Sidcup were more concerned about whether Waitrose would end up in the High Street rather than forgetting about what these people did to them.
What a load of rubbish. although I have met Clevery and think he is a puffed up pompus twit when did either of them say a Conservative Gov WOULD save the hospitals. Show us the actual quote and letter. They had no hope as Labour just wanted to save a buck and screw Bexley. Now you only quote them, you form Bromley with its svaed PPI hospital and a&e. You wanna have a moan, moan at the 'Saviours' of the NHS, the wonderful labour party who are not fit to kiss my backside They dumped on our hospital and now we all have to go to woolwich or Orpington
Dear Dizzy, you'll find everything you asked for here, and I mean everything. Quotes from their own mouths included. Mine was not a party political post, I would be as angry if any other politician stole votes on this emotive issue, because that's what they did.

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[quote][p][bold]dizzy13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RoyalFactor[/bold] wrote: Don't forget Cleverly & Neill who were all too vocal about guaranteeing the future of Queen Mary's A&E if their government was elected. With guaranteed seats it didn't matter to them that these facilities were shut after the votes were in. What a shame the residents of Sidcup were more concerned about whether Waitrose would end up in the High Street rather than forgetting about what these people did to them.[/p][/quote]What a load of rubbish. although I have met Clevery and think he is a puffed up pompus twit when did either of them say a Conservative Gov WOULD save the hospitals. Show us the actual quote and letter. They had no hope as Labour just wanted to save a buck and screw Bexley. Now you only quote them, you form Bromley with its svaed PPI hospital and a&e. You wanna have a moan, moan at the 'Saviours' of the NHS, the wonderful labour party who are not fit to kiss my backside They dumped on our hospital and now we all have to go to woolwich or Orpington[/p][/quote]Dear Dizzy, you'll find everything you asked for here, and I mean everything. Quotes from their own mouths included. Mine was not a party political post, I would be as angry if any other politician stole votes on this emotive issue, because that's what they did. http://theroyalfacto r.blogspot.co.uk/201 3/05/real-life-cynic al-politicians.html? m=1 RoyalFactor

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