Disabled OAP strikes back at hospital cuts
PUBLISHED: 16:31 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:27 01 July 2010
AN ELDERLY patient claims there is a back door approach to a health service shake-up after she was not given Queen Mary s Hospital as a choice for elective surgery. Barbara Loughton, 71, from Sidcup needs a hernia operation and received three separate
AN ELDERLY patient claims there is 'a back door' approach to a health service shake-up after she was not given Queen Mary's Hospital as a choice for elective surgery.
Barbara Loughton, 71, from Sidcup needs a hernia operation and received three separate letters from her GP's surgery outlining her hospital choices as Princess Royal, Bromley, Darent Valley, Dartford and University Hospital, Lewisham.
Mrs Loughton, who has mobility problems, chose Bromley.
She said: "The GP called me in to discuss my general health and he said if we had asked for Queen Mary's hospital that we would have got that one. I didn't think to do that because it didn't occur to me to me that I could go to that hospital.
"How much is going on behind closed doors? Is this another thing that George Alberti is suggesting, that Queen Mary's should eventually look after only care of the elderly and eventually we will not have elective surgery there?
"A back-door approach, leaving us with fewer services and a demoralised staff with no future prospects in our area?
"I want to go to Queen Mary's. I have mobility problems. I am disabled.
"It takes at least twice as long to go to Bromley I had a pre-assessment appointment, luckily the traffic was okay. I made it by the skin of my teeth.
"To the residents of Bromley and Greenwich I would say your hospitals, though not being downgraded, will be significantly affected by these changes so please join the campaign to save Queen Mary's A&E and its maternity department.
"The consultation document just provides statements and requires endorsements or comments. Whereas we residents need to ask questions and receive answers before completing this document."
A Picture of Health roadshow where residents can get more information about changes to healthcare in the area is due to take place pm February 27 at the United Reform Church in Geddes Place, Bexleyheath from 2pm to 8pm.
A spokesperson for A Picture of Health said: "All the options will see increased elective surgery at Queen Mary's hospital and out-patient treatment as well.