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MP accuses hospital Trust for its lack of openess'

PUBLISHED: 17:29 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:27 12 August 2010

HOSPITAL bosses have been spurned in Parliament for creating suspicion by failing to communicate. Orpington MP John Horam spoke told the House of Commons that Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust managers had handled openness with the public poorly, during a de

HOSPITAL bosses have been spurned in Parliament for 'creating suspicion' by failing to communicate.

Orpington MP John Horam spoke told the House of Commons that Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust managers had handled openness with the public poorly, during a debate last Thursday.

The debate, said Mr Horam, was initiated to give a 'worm's eye view' of the effects of A Picture of Health and the 'dire' financial situation the hospitals are in.

He said: "Public involvement went badly wrong under the previous management of the Trust. In particular, the consultation on the future of Orpington hospital was badly handled, as was the issue of the future of Global house.

"In addition to the poor handling by old management, the new management has not got off to a good start in relation to statutory consultation."

Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust, led by interim chief executive Michael Marchment last year, angered residents when it unexpectedly announced the closure of surgery units Orpington Treatment Centre.

Mr Marchment told a board meeting last July that £1 million would be saved a year, but did not consult patients' groups.

Managers later realised a consultation was needed and the 66-bed surgical facility remained open.

The Trust also remained quiet about its use of Global House, an administration building in Hayes owned by Bromley PCT, stoking concern that money was being paid for its use.

Robert Kirton, interim financial director of Bromley Hospitals, told the Times: "It is an interim health facility so no money has changed hands.

"The idea was not to have administration staff and what could be clinical space at the Princess Royal University Hospital.

"We can confirm that we do not see the occupancy of Global House as a major issue for concern."

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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