A&E closure at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup

The provision of A&E care across SE London is going to be put under a great deal of increased pressure sson. In addition to the closures at Lewisham Hospital, Sidcups’ Queen Mary’s hospital is also set to lose A&E capability.

Even on their own these cuts would be unacceptable but when viewed alongside the calls from Ken Livingstone for more and more houses in the region the real dangers become clear.

Key public facilities and services are not keeping pace with the proposed rate of population growth, this can only lead to problems in the very near future.

8 responses to “A&E closure at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup

  1. The way Labour is handling the NHS is utterly appalling. If Queen Mary’s A & E closed it would be an utter disaster for residents in Bexley. Perhaps if Bexley was Labour and Queen Mary’s was within a Labour MP’s (or Minister’s) constituency it would be saved!

  2. The way Labour is handling the NHS is utterly appalling. If Queen Mary’s A & E closed it would be an utter disaster for residents in Bexley. Perhaps if Bexley was Labour and Queen Mary’s was within a Labour MP’s (or Minister’s) constituency it would be saved!

  3. i think the closure of the A & E and maternity department at Queen Mary’s is disgusting. It is all well and good that we will have to rely on Queen Elizabeth and Lewisham hospital however with past experiences we will not be able to depend on adequate care from either of these hospitals. I do not see how it is fair to close certain departments that are running within budget and much higher success rate with patient care. The government is going to wait for something drastic to happen to pregnant women then realise how important the maternity and A & E department is.

  4. i think the closure of the A & E and maternity department at Queen Mary’s is disgusting. It is all well and good that we will have to rely on Queen Elizabeth and Lewisham hospital however with past experiences we will not be able to depend on adequate care from either of these hospitals. I do not see how it is fair to close certain departments that are running within budget and much higher success rate with patient care. The government is going to wait for something drastic to happen to pregnant women then realise how important the maternity and A & E department is.

  5. The real reason for the proposed cuts at QM Sidcup and Lewisham is the cost of the PFI at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich. Of the 4 hospitals in this “consultation”, 2 are fully PFI, one partially and one not at all. Guess who gets cut to make sure that the private profit gets made? PFI contracts guarantee the firms that own them over-the-top profits for the “risks” they supposedly take, though really they are an accounting fiddle to keep necessary costs off the PSBR balance sheet. The price of that fiddle is that in some places it can cost over £300 to fit a plug under PFI. QMS is additionally squeezed by having 3 PFI hospitals as neighbours, as there’s also the ridiculously overpriced Darenth Valley hospital near Dartford. Add in the difficulties of people travelling to Queen Elizabeth, for example, where the public transport consists of a couple of buses and the car park requires a mortgage, and it’s clear this is going to be a significant cost to a lot of people.I can understand why a Conservative might want to dress this up as Labour cuts, but really, it is the consequence of the PFI and subsequent privatisation of much of health, something all major parties agree on.

  6. The real reason for the proposed cuts at QM Sidcup and Lewisham is the cost of the PFI at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich. Of the 4 hospitals in this “consultation”, 2 are fully PFI, one partially and one not at all. Guess who gets cut to make sure that the private profit gets made? PFI contracts guarantee the firms that own them over-the-top profits for the “risks” they supposedly take, though really they are an accounting fiddle to keep necessary costs off the PSBR balance sheet. The price of that fiddle is that in some places it can cost over £300 to fit a plug under PFI. QMS is additionally squeezed by having 3 PFI hospitals as neighbours, as there’s also the ridiculously overpriced Darenth Valley hospital near Dartford. Add in the difficulties of people travelling to Queen Elizabeth, for example, where the public transport consists of a couple of buses and the car park requires a mortgage, and it’s clear this is going to be a significant cost to a lot of people.I can understand why a Conservative might want to dress this up as Labour cuts, but really, it is the consequence of the PFI and subsequent privatisation of much of health, something all major parties agree on.

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