Online consultation on South London Healthcare Trust future begins

South London Healthcare Trust special administrator Matthew Kershaw.

South London Healthcare Trust special administrator Matthew Kershaw.

First published in Bromley News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

THE online consultation over the future of South London Healthcare Trust has begun.

The website, run by the office of trust special administrator Matthew Kershaw, went live today (November 2) giving SLHT users the chance to have their say.

Interested parties have until midnight on December 13 to fill out an online consultation form by visiting tsa.nhs.uk/tell-us-what-you-think

Submissions will help inform the final recommendations Mr Kershaw makes to the government early next year.

In his interim report to the health secretary on Monday, October 29, Mr Kershaw recommended SLHT be broken up with other organisations taking over the management and delivery of the NHS services it provides.

Other key recommendations:

• Developing Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, into a Bexley Health Campus, providing day case elective surgery, endoscopy and radiotherapy.

• The closure of Lewisham Hospital A&E department with emergency care for south east London provided by King's College Hospital, St Thomas's, Queen Elizabeth, Woolwich and the Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough.

• The Department of Health should provide additional funds to the local NHS to cover the excess costs of the private finance initiative buildings at Queen Elizabeth's Hospital, Woolwich, and the Pru in Farnborough.

Matthew Kershaw was appointed to run SLHT after it was plunged into administration in July having ended 2011 with a deficit of £69m.

There will also be the following public consultation meetings:

November 13
West Greenwich Community Centre at 2pm
The Boathouse, Bexleyheath at 7pm
November 14
Lambeth Town hall at 7pm
November 16
Goldsmiths College at 10am
November 21
Greenwich Forum at 10am
November 22
Crofton Halls, Orpington at 7pm
November 26
Bromley Court Hotel at 10am
St Andrew’s Centre, Brockley at 2pm
November 27
Cambridge House, Camberwell at 7pm
November 28
Bexleyheath Marriott Hotel at 2pm
December 3
Crofton Halls, Orpington at 2pm
Charlton Football Club at 7pm
December 4
Calabash Day Centre, Lewisham at 7pm
December 7
Bexley Civic Offices at 7pm

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6:53am Sat 3 Nov 12

hansmum says...

People must to have their say before their local hospitals are ruined forever by a man who seems to have his head in the clouds.
People must to have their say before their local hospitals are ruined forever by a man who seems to have his head in the clouds. hansmum
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7:29am Sat 3 Nov 12

goldenbroomboy says...

hansmum wrote:
People must to have their say before their local hospitals are ruined forever by a man who seems to have his head in the clouds.
Agreed. I have started to read this document, and it begins by identifying "South East London" as including Southwark, and Lambeth. Since when have Southwark ,and Lambeth been considered to be "South East London"? Not even that great champion of Lundarnism Ken Livingstone would include Borough with Biggin Hill, it's plain what the intention is from the very beginning.
[quote][p][bold]hansmum[/bold] wrote: People must to have their say before their local hospitals are ruined forever by a man who seems to have his head in the clouds.[/p][/quote]Agreed. I have started to read this document, and it begins by identifying "South East London" as including Southwark, and Lambeth. Since when have Southwark ,and Lambeth been considered to be "South East London"? Not even that great champion of Lundarnism Ken Livingstone would include Borough with Biggin Hill, it's plain what the intention is from the very beginning. goldenbroomboy
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1:05pm Sat 3 Nov 12

Slonik says...

Perhaps someone can ask these people how they reconcile more homes and people with fewer and fewer hospitals? From my fairly regular visits to hospital, both A&E and outpatients, I see little slack in the system. In fact a friend of mine has been waiting for a gall bladder operation for many months now and has had it cancelled at the last minute on 4 separate occasions! It's totally outrageous.

We all know the problems the hugely expensive PFI contracts put in place under the last Govt. have caused but God only knows what's going to happen if they continue closing emergency facilities and forcing people to travel further afield to get emergency care. I fear we are at a tipping point and if all this goes ahead people's lives are going to be put at risk. Not only that but with actual and predicted population growth going the way it is, we are soon going to find oursleves needing to build new hospitals to cope with demand. It's as ironic as it foreseeable!
Perhaps someone can ask these people how they reconcile more homes and people with fewer and fewer hospitals? From my fairly regular visits to hospital, both A&E and outpatients, I see little slack in the system. In fact a friend of mine has been waiting for a gall bladder operation for many months now and has had it cancelled at the last minute on 4 separate occasions! It's totally outrageous. We all know the problems the hugely expensive PFI contracts put in place under the last Govt. have caused but God only knows what's going to happen if they continue closing emergency facilities and forcing people to travel further afield to get emergency care. I fear we are at a tipping point and if all this goes ahead people's lives are going to be put at risk. Not only that but with actual and predicted population growth going the way it is, we are soon going to find oursleves needing to build new hospitals to cope with demand. It's as ironic as it foreseeable! Slonik
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