Parties bicker over hospital rescue bid
PUBLISHED: 18:20 28 April 2010 | UPDATED: 10:30 12 August 2010
THE Tories have been attacked by an independent candidate after claiming they would save an A&E department from closing permanently if they won the election. The A&E department at Queen Mary s Hospital in Sidcup (QMS) has already closed overnight meanin
THE Tories have been attacked by an independent candidate after claiming they would save an A&E department from closing permanently if they won the election.
The A&E department at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup (QMS) has already closed overnight meaning the emergency departments in Farnborough and Woolwich are having to deal with the burden.
Now the Conservatives claim that they will hold ANOTHER consultation if they win power and will reopen the unit.
It was forced to close last autumn following a failure to recruit enough doctors.
John Hemming-Clark, Old Bexley and Sidcup parliamentary candidate for Independents to Save Queen Mary's Hospital, said: "It's all well and good for the Tories to say they will halt the closures at QMS if they win, the problem is that they probably won't win, the probability is that there is going to be a hung parliament and then the Tories won't be able to stop the closures.
"Furthermore, those of us with memories of the last time the Tories were in power will recall that they closed the A&E at Orpington Hospital against the wishes of the local people.
"The voters of Old Bexley & Sidcup are not stupid. They know a desperate stunt when they see one and they've seen right through this one. The Tories are rattled because their polling research has shown them that their candidate is about to lose big time in Old Bexley & Sidcup."
His Conservative contender, James Brokenshire, said: "The new bit is the bit beyond the moratorium policy - the consultation with GPs and the public - making it absolutely clear that if that consultation comes back saying GPs and the public want to keep A&E, then that is what we will do.