Bromley hospital has ‘serious problems’
PUBLISHED: 10:30 03 August 2011
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said there are “serious problems” at South London Healthcare Trust.
Mr Lansley’s comments on Monday came as he was visiting the Princess Royal Hospital in Farnborough to officially open the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit, before meeting clinicians and councillors in Bexley.
This comes after the trust found itself in £45,851,000 in debt at the end of last financial year, a reduction of £42,954,000 on the previous year.
When asked if he had faith in the management of the trust, Mr Lansley said: “I think there are some good people. I know George Jenkins (chairman). I know Chris Streather well and I think he is a good chief executive. It is a big trust and it is difficult. It has serious problems.
“We are not where we need to be financially and it varies in quality.
“However, there are other areas where it is doing well like the reduction in infection rates.”
Protesters gathered outside the main entrance of the hospital to complain about the government’s plans for the NHS but were angry Mr Lansley was taken in via another entrance.
Both Bromley and Woolwich’s Accident and Emergency unit have been under increased pressure since Sidcup’s closed last November, despite Mr Lansley promising to halt the planned closure and reverse the decision if local people opposed it. In February he confirmed he would not overturn the decision after a group of Bexley GPs backed the closure last October, saying: “I don’t think I have misled people. Changes must not be imposed from top down. Evidence suggested that it has been safe (since the closure of the A&E) in terms of outcomes. We have to make sure we have a quality of services that is sustainable.”
Mr Streather said: “Last year the trust made greater savings than any in London, but we still have more to do to reach a surplus to become a Foundation Trust. We intend to focus on increasing productivity by using our theatres better, reducing hospital stays and reducing the size of our estate.”
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