On Wednesday 6th March Carol and Barry took a bus trip from Lewisham Hospital to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Woolwich to evaluate TSA Matthew Kershaw’s journey time analysis and more importantly to assess the difficulties for the elderly, disabled, pregnant mothers and all sick people going for medical treatment out of borough.
What is clear is, as Carol points out on the video, that by using the travel time statistic measured across South East London, the TSA and Department of Health says that the trip would only be ‘2 -3 minutes longer for people in South East London by private car or public transport’. What they don’t say is even by their own figures, the travel time for Lewisham is several times higher. See here for data collated from TSA report.
And, as Carol and Barry’s bus trip shows, added to that made by Simone in January, the journey time – when you include waiting for 2 or in some cases, 3 buses, plus the walks in between and at the end – is much much longer.
The injustice of this of course is that they want to close down a high-performing hospital in order to send people so much further.
Video Olivia O’Sullivan
Jan 23 2013 Simone’s journey to Woolwich hospital Video by Abi Moore