Last chance to give your views on the future of local NHS services

Published Thursday, 06 December 2012

The public consultation closes at midnight on Thursday 13 December.

Background to the consultation

Following financial issues, a Trust Special Administrator (TSA) was appointed by the Secretary of State for Health in July 2012 to make recommendations about the future of health services at South London Healthcare NHS Trust and wider south-east London.

Give your opinion on the proposals

The draft report and recommendations have now been released - see below for a summary.

They are being formally consulted on for 30 working days from Friday 2 November until 13 December 2012.

Draft recommendations

The Trust Special Administrator's draft report contains six key recommendations for the future clinical and financial sustainability of health services in south-east London, ensuring patients can access safe, high quality and sustainable services for the long-term.

The recommendations have been developed with clinicians, health leaders and experts, other NHS staff, and representatives of patients and the public across south-east London.

  1. The operational efficiency of the hospitals that make up South London Healthcare NHS Trust needs to improve so that the Trust's costs are in line with strong performing NHS organisations.
  2. Queen Mary's Hospital Sidcup should be developed into a Bexley Health Campus providing a range of services to the local population, including day case elective surgery, endoscopy and radiotherapy. The facility should be owned by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and services should be provided by a range of organisations.
  3. Vacant and poorly utilised premises should be exited (leases) or sold (freeholds). The NHS should engage with the local authorities in Bromley and Bexley in the process of selling surplus estate to ensure its future use maximises regeneration opportunities.
  4. On an annual basis until the relevant contracts end, the Department of Health should provide additional funds to the local NHS to cover the excess costs of the PFI buildings at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Princess Royal University Hospital.
  5. In line with commissioner intentions to improve the quality of care for the local population, there should be a transformation in the way services are provided in south east London. Specifically, changes are recommended in relation to community-based care and emergency, maternity and elective services
  6. In order to deliver this transformation programme, South London Healthcare NHS Trust should be dissolved and other organisations should take over the management and delivery of the NHS services it currently provides.

These are draft recommendations and the Secretary of State for Health will consider the Trust Special Administrator's final report, following consultation, before making a decision about the future of services in south east London in early February 2013.

Consultation events

Five public events were held in the Royal Borough in November and December 2012. 

The dates were as follows:

  • Tuesday 13 November, 2pm to 4pm: West Greenwich Community Centre.
  • Monday 19 November, 7pm to 9pm: Woolwich Town Hall
  • Wednesday 21 November, 10am to 12noon: Greenwich Forum
  • Monday 26 November, 7pm to 9pm: St Mary's Community Centre, Eltham
  • Monday 3 December, 7pm to 9pm: Charlton Football Club.