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‘An A&E of the type described is little more than an Urgent Care Unit – patients will still have to be transported to other hospitals because we will no longer have acute provision here.’
Hunt quotes £36million will need to be spent on surrounding hospitals to compensate for the demolition which will still take place on the Lewisham site –which if the new A&E is to be retained will leave it stranded in midst of rubble and nowhere near the rest of the remaining hospital buildings. Does this mean yet another new, but smaller A&E will need to be built? Dr Louise Irvine, GP Chair of the Campaign said :
‘Hunt tells us that he has accepted the recommendations on the basis of ‘100 lives per annum saved’ but this is just a snapshot figure of a national assessment – not locally accurate in the context of the model proposed. As a GP I can state unequivocally that these proposals are going to cost lives.’Mothers whose labour runs into difficulty will be forced to endure a blue light ambulance trip to an unfamiliar hospital in the manner of decades past. We already know that we have mothers who are members of our campaign whose lives and whose babies would have been lost in these circumstances.Crucially, the Sir Bruce Keogh estimates of travel times immediately throws this in to doubt – another 1 – 3 minutes extra travel to Woolwich can only be achieved in a private jet or an emergency helicopter! Our campaign’s real time travel film shows that this is closer to 2 hours ( one way) than 2 minutes by public transport.Disastrously, the paediatric A&E is to be lost and thus the excellent childrens’ wards. Dr Tony O’Sullivan, Lead Paediatrician said
‘Mr Hunt stressed that this will involve careful handling and careful planning. This is politician’s cover for introducing these measures without any consultation with local paediatricians or the College of Paediatrics. He repeatedly said that these measures would improve standards. The destruction of our exemplar childrens’ service is the not the way to do that and we will be addressing this at the earliest opportunity.’ Mr Hunt himself had set the four criteria for measuring his decision. Far from agreeing with Sir Bruce Keogh and thus Mr Hunt, we believe this to be the most accurate representation of the response :
- Support from GP commissioners – opposed
- Strengthened public and patient engagement – only in opposition
- Clarity on the clinical evidence base – not present
- Consistency with current and prospective patient choice – reduced
Not only did he make no mention of GP opinion in his speech, but seemed to rely upon Sir Bruce Keogh’s opinion rather than that of GPs and the public, as well as ignoring local clinicians. Patient choice also seems to have been thrown out of the window.
Nor does the Hunt approved model offer a financially sustainable hospital because the Lewisham site will suffer from much reduced income through nothing more than elective surgery rental, while the PFI attached to the Woolwich site needs to be properly dealt with.
We leave the final statement with Dr John O’Donogue – Consultant Physician:
‘This is a travesty – a dangerous injustice. Taking a high performing hospital out of the heart and soul of our community is nothing short of vandalism’.
One thing is for certain – the campaign does not end here.
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Jos Bell email@example.com 0208 694 0121 07977 090972
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Remember and be proud!
If you haven’t looked already look at what we achieved on Saturday – a community united will not be defeated
See the video that trashes Hunt’s lie about ‘a couple of extra minutes’ journey. LEWISHAM HOSPITAL IS IN THE HEART OF OUR COMMUNITY. OLDER PEOPLE, PEOPLE WITH KIDS, PEOPLE WHO DON’T DRIVE can get there in a few minutes. It took Simone, on the video, 1 hour and 40 minutes on the bus.
Statement from Lewisham NHS Healthcare Trust
Clearly, we need more information on Jeremy Hunt’s proposals before commenting in detail. The Trust Board response to the consultation was clear that we believe Lewisham needs full emergency and obstetric services.
“I would like to thank patients, local people, staff, GPs, MPs and partners for the support we have received.”
Hospital decision rides roughshod over community says Mayor
Published on 31 January 2013
Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock has reacted to the announcement of the Secretary of State on Lewisham Hospital and the South London Healthcare Trust.
“The Secretary of State is riding roughshod over the people of Lewisham,” Sir Steve said.
“These plans have been roundly rejected by local people, by the staff who work in the hospital and by local GPs. The Secretary of State has pressed ahead regardless by downgrading maternity services and emergency services at Lewisham Hospital. But let me be clear, this is not the end of the matter.
“I do not believe that the TSA had the statutory power to make recommendations about Lewisham Hospital and the Secretary of State therefore has no power to implement them.
“I will be talking to our lawyers and we will also of course need to talk to our colleagues at Lewisham Hospital in order to fully understand the implications of Mr Hunt’s statement.”
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