I have seen the news release from A Picture of Health, it does not make for good reading. Here is what it says about Queen Mary’s Hospital:
QMS (Bexley) – The existing Urgent Care Centre to be expanded to provide a
stand alone service. The A&E department to close with medical, surgical and paediatric emergencies diverted to PRUH, QEH, UHL or Darent Valley Hospital.
There is to be no obstetric inpatients or children’s inpatients service. Routine planned surgery and its base for a range of community, diagnostic and specialist ambulatory care services including cancer, cardiology, neurology and renal dialysis will remain.
It will be recommended that the decision on the development of a stand-alone MLBU (Midwifery-led Birth Unit) at QMS should be made following consideration of the Healthcare for London report.
The PRU will get a small increase in A&E capacity but I’m far from convinced it will be enough to make up for the reduction in QMH.
The whole consultancy process was opaque and the waves of public protest have been ignored. I am meeting with local councillors and MPs to decide what to do next, I will also be briefing Boris on this as he has had a keen interest in QMH for some time.