Orpington MP Jo Johnson hails health changes as 'a good day' for his constituents (From News Shopper)
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Orpington MP Jo Johnson hails health changes as 'a good day' for his constituents
THE dissolution of the South London Healthcare NHS Trust has been hailed as a ‘good day for residents, patients and NHS staff’.
After running up £150m debts, which were being added to at the rate of £1.3m a week at one stage, the trust was put out of its misery at midnight on September 30.
And Orpington MP Jo Johnson says this is a good thing for his constituents as most of the borough’s hospital services will now be run by King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
It has acquired the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH), Farnborough, and Orpington Hospital as well as being responsible for some patient services at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, and Beckenham Beacon.
Mr Johnson said: "This is a good day for residents, patients and NHS staff.
"King’s is converting part of Orpington Hospital into a specialist centre for planned orthopaedic surgery, including hip and knee replacements, which will be used by surgical teams who currently work at King’s College Hospital and the PRUH.
"The choice to have treatment at King’s will still remain.
"Furthermore, I am delighted that King’s will keep open the hydrotherapy pool at Orpington, which will help in the rehabilitation of patients following surgery.
"This is of course excellent news for those who have enjoyed the pool’s invaluable services, campaigned for its retention and helped fundraise for it 10 years ago. "
He says he will be working closely with King's chief executive Tim Smart to ensure people can have confidence in their local health services.
SLHT was placed into special measures in June last year with special administrator Matthew Kershaw appointed to stabilise the trust’s finances.
He recommended the Trust be disbanded with other organisations taking over the management and delivery of the NHS services it provided.
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