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Lewisham A&E decision protects local 'health economy', says Orpington MP Jo Johnson

PUBLISHED: 15:07 31 January 2013 | UPDATED: 15:09 31 January 2013

Orpington MP Jo Johnson

Orpington MP Jo Johnson

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Lewisham Hospital's A&E department had to be downgraded in order to protect the "health economy" of south-east London, says Orpington MP Jo Johnson.

Present at the House of Commons this morning when health secretary Jeremy Hunt made his announcements on Lewisham, Mr Johnson said the financial problems faced by the South London Healthcare Trust could not be solved in “isolation”.

He added: “What we have seen around the country is when trusts are in jeopardy managers start to manage to meet targets, not care levels.

“Difficult decisions have been taken, but we have now got a health economy which should be sustainable. That has to be a positive.”

Mr Johnson also welcomed the take over of Princess Royal University Hopsital (PRUH), in Farnborough Common, by King’s College Hospital NHS Trust.

He said: “Broadly speaking I’m pleased. They have an amazing track record of delivering high quality care.”

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