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Consultation over future of Orpington Hospital set to start on July 16
A CONSULTATION about the future of Orpington Hospital is still set to go ahead despite the financial difficulties of the trust which runs it.
An administrator is set to go into South London Healthcare NHS Trust on Thursday (July 12) to assess how it has managed to run up debts of more than £150m over the past three years.
They will make recommendations to the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to put the trust’s finances on a sustainable basis.
It was thought the consultation about Orpington Hospital, which is one of the four hospitals run by the trust, may have had to be delayed until the administrator had finished their work.
But after meeting with the Minister of State for Health Services Simon Burns, Orpington MP Jo Johnson has received a letter reassuring him it will be able to start next Monday (July 16).
Jo said: “I welcome the minister’s letter.
“I had continually pressed for the right of residents and staff to give their views in an open and comprehensive consultation, and the decision to go ahead as planned on July 16 is the right one.
“I will be submitting my position when the consultation opens and will stress the need for high quality services to remain in Orpington town, either at the existing site on a reduced footprint or at a new healthy and well being centre in the town centre."
Details of how to have your say in the consultation will be revealed by NHS South East London on July 16.