South London MPs oppose Lewisham A&E closure proposals

14:14 22 January 2013

Harriet Harman is concerned about the impact on King

Harriet Harman is concerned about the impact on King's College Hospital. File picture: Peter Byrne/PA

PA Archive/Press Association Images

Five South London MPs have penned a letter setting out why they oppose controversial proposals to close Lewisham’s A&E and maternity services.

The recommendation was made by special administrator Matthew Kershaw as part of a solution to fix healthcare services in south east London after the area’s NHS trust racked up debts of £150million. He has proposed the trust, which is separate from Lewisham, is dissolved and restructured.

Labour MPs Harriet Harman, for Camberwell and Peckham, Kate Hoey, for Vauxhall, Streatham’s Chukka Ummuna and Tessa Jowell, who represents Dulwich and West Norwood have joined Bermondsey and Old Southwark’s Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes to oppose the closure.

The politicians, who met with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt last week, believe downsizing Lewisham would have a “major impact” on services at Kings College Hospital in Camberwell.

If the closure goes ahead, they say NHS figures show 54 per cent of patients who would otherwise have used Lewisham A&E will instead travel to Kings. The statistics also show that there will be 3,235 more births at King’s if Lewisham’s maternity services are axed.

“As it is, there is a small but concerning increase in waiting times at King’s A&E,” they wrote in the letter, addressed to Mr Hunt.

“If Lewisham A&E closes it is inconceivable that King’s would be able to maintain what is a much improved service for our constituents.”

“That will place a further pressure on inpatient beds at a time when King’s management have raised with us their concerns about capacity at King’s.”

The 2011/12 figures are sourced from Kings College and Lewisham Hospital NHS trusts.

They added: “(Kings) say they are already looking to take on extra capacity at Princess Royal in Bromley to deal with outpatients and non-emergency admissions.

“For our constituents - many of whom do not own a car - the journey from Camberwell to Princess Royal in Bromley would mean a journey of at least a bus and a train lasting more than one hour and costing £5.50.”

The campaign against the proposed closure has stepped up a notch as Mr Hunt prepares to announce his decision early next month. A group of mothers and babies in prams converged on the Department of Health in a ‘flashmob’ style protest today.

A Department of Health spokesman said they will consider a petition accepted today: “We appreciate that the recommendations for the future of South London Healthcare NHS Trust concern many people from the local community.

“There isn’t an easy solution to the problems. The Secretary of State has received the recommendations from the trust special administrator which he will carefully consider.”

Thousands are expected at demonstration in Lewisham on Saturday, regardless of the weather.

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

The England cricket legend and Gogglebox star were the first to lose out as the new series got under way.

Read more

We couldn’t have played it better ourselves.

Read more

Murray’s emotions were clear as Novak Djokovic took a victory that had looked in real doubt.

Read more

Promoted content

Valentine's Day Afternoon Tea

London Hilton on Park Lane is inviting couples to celebrate this Valentines Day over a deliciously romantic afternoon tea at Podium Restaurant and Bar. Taking inspiration from the highly popular Confessions of a Chocoholic Afternoon Tea, London Hilton on Park Lane presents the ultimate romantic afternoon out with its Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea.

Established in 1987, Tucci is one of the North's premier stores for branded clothing, footwear and accessories.

Save up to 70% on designer brands for Men and Women, including G-Star, Diesel, French Connection, Firetrap and many more….our sale is now on.

Nothing says

iWOOT has a great selection of quirky Valentine’s Day gifts for every possible person and partner.

People thought the Deputy Prime Minister was pretty funny actually.

Brothers: The David Haines Story, will be broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland at 10.30am on Sunday.

Over £30,000 has been raised in a couple of days for a mugging victim, despite the goal only being set at £500.

TOP Stories

Yesterday, 19:06
Brian Lucking was jailed for four years after sexually assaulting a 6-year-old boy in the toilets of a McDonalds restaurant in Kings Cross (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

A man who followed a six-year-old boy into the toilets at a McDonalds in King’s Cross and sexually assaulted him has been jailed for four years.

Yesterday, 18:25
Federica Boscolo-Gnolo appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday charged with murdering her baby daughter (Picture: Google)

A 31-year-old Italian woman appeared in court on Saturday morning charged with murdering her baby daughter after telling police the infant had gone missing from a hotel in west London.

Yesterday, 18:02
Police were called to Erebus Drive this morning after reports of gunshots (Picture: Google)

Police have arrested 11 people in connection with a fatal shooting in south east London after officers were called to Thamesmead in the early hours of this morning.

London Bloggers

Monday, December 22, 2014
Around 25 per cent of the population self-identity as having no religion yet still enjoy the fun of Christmas (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

It’s Christmas time. We know this by the light-adorned streets, the mobility hazard posed by boxes of Quality Street, Roses and Celebrations in every supermarket’s entrance and, of course, the incessant radio-plays of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You.

Thursday, November 27, 2014
The main room at the Museum of Comedy (Pic: Steve Ullathorne)

This week I visited the Museum of Comedy located at the corner of Museum Street and Bloomsbury Way in the crypt under St George’s Church.

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Bird Lovegod

I genuinely and honestly have only a slight problem when it comes to buying domain names.