Passionate Orpington health campaigner Dave Mott dies, aged 67
PUBLISHED: 15:23 28 April 2014 | UPDATED: 17:01 29 April 2014
Tireless health campaigner Dave Mott, who relentlessly sought to expose problems at the now defunct South London Healthcare Trust, has died aged 67.
Mr Mott, husband, father of two daughters and grandfather of three, was much respected among patients and staff for trying to save Orpington Hospital from closure and for continually holding to account hospital managers at the Princess Royal in Farnborough, Queen Mary’s in Sidcup and Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich.
His wife Julie said: “He was strong and compassionate and he had an often wicked sense of humour. Above all, he loved and cherished his family and he has left us with many happy memories.”
Together with Julie, he consistently shone a torch on issues at the health trust, which made national headlines after becoming the first NHS organisation to be placed into administration in 2012.
Mr Mott’s prolific campaigning frequently featured in this newspaper.
Former Times journalist Kate Nelson said: “Dave was a hugely passionate about the cause and was a very informed and intelligent campaigner.
“I was overwhelmed by his and Julie’s dedication to local health services. Dave forewarned of many of the problems which eventually led to the downfall of South London Healthcare Trust. We pass our sincerest condolences to the family.”
Born on November 12 1946 in Catford, Mr Mott spent his early years in Mottingham- which jokingly used to say was named after him.
He met Julie in 1964 and they married three years later, eventually moving to Petts Wood.
His love of working among the community led to him joining the City of London police in 1965 before moving to the Met. He retired in 2000.
Former communications director at South London Healthcare, Carl Shoben, said: “As someone who was often on the receiving end of Dave’s campaigns, I can say that I have nothing but respect for his and Julie’s tireless fight to improve the NHS for their local community. No one was better at challenging the decisions made by officials.
“Organisations like the NHS are far better for having people like Dave around to keep a watchful eye on things. Local people have lost a real champion.”
Mr Mott died following complications after surgery on April 15. He leaves behind his wife Julie, daughters Lorraine and Pauline and grandchildren Matthew, Jack and Sophie.
Anybody who would like to pay their respects is welcome to attend his funeral at Eltham Crematorium on Wednesday, May 7 at 3.30pm. The funeral reception is at the Metropolitan Police Sports Club (The Warren) in Keston from 5pm until 8pm.