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South London Healthcare Trust dissolved from midnight last night
SOUTH London Healthcare NHS Trust is no more after it was finally dissolved.
After running up £150 million debts, which were being added to at the rate of £1.3 million a week at one stage, the trust was put out of its misery at midnight last night.
The organisation was placed into special measures in June last year with special administrator Matthew Kershaw appointed to stabilise the trust’s finances.
He recommended in October last year that SLHT be disbanded with other organisations taking over the management and delivery of the NHS services it provided.
The A&E and maternity units at Lewisham Hospital were set to be downgraded as an indirect result of the move but campaigners successfully challenged the decision in the High Court at the end of July, though Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has since appealed the decision.
SLHT used to run Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich which has now merged with Lewisham to form the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.
Oxleas NHS Trust has now taken over the running of the Queen Mary’s Hospital site in Sidcup while the Princess Royal University Hospital in Farnborough has joined forces with King's College Hospital.
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