Bromley Council claim SLHT consultation time was insufficient

PUBLISHED: 11:07 18 December 2012

Bromley Council has criticised the 30-day consultation period over the break-up of South London Healthcare Trust, claiming it hindered their response.

The consultation into the debt-riddled trust closed last week, when the council released its response including their hopes for the future of Bromley’s health provision.

Cllr Judi Ellis said their response was “limited by the restricted timescale”.

The spotlight was also turned on Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH), which Cllr Ellis says needs “substantial improvement”.

“For many Bromley residents PRUH is their hospital,” she said. “The PRUH performance in very many areas is among the poorest in its benchmark group. This is clearly unacceptable to the council and must improve.”

Other topics included a call to resolve the uncertainty surrounding keeping Beckenham Beacon open and the welcoming of recognition that PFI was an unsustainable “burden”.

A spokesman for the Trust Special Administrator said: “The length of the consultation period is laid down by legislation and something we do not have any control over. We simply had to comply with the law.”

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