In a motion put to Bexley Council by Cllr Sharon Massey cabinet member for Health & Adult Social care, Bexley Conservatives promised vigorous opposition to any proposals to cut vital A&E and Maternity services from Queen Mary’s hospital that emerged from the “picture of health” review of NHS services in outer South East London.
In a passionate speech Cllr Massey expressed her fears that if Queen Mary’s A&E department were to close and in the event of a medical emergency people would be faced with having to travel to Queen Elizabeth or Lewisham hospital to get the care they needed that extra travelling time might seriously affect their chances of survival in the most urgent cases.
During the debate Councillors praised Derek Conway MP for raising public awareness about the future of Queen Mary’s by holding a series of public meetings in his Old Bexley & Sidcup Constituency which were attended by hundreds of residents and for securing a debate on the hospital’s future in Parliament.
Though eventually voting in favour of the Conservative motion Labour Councillor Daniel Francis was somewhat less than robust in his support for Queen Mary’s when he commented that it was easier for his residents to get to Guys anyway.
Speaking at the conclusion of the debate Cllr Ian Clement the leader of Bexley Council warned the Labour Government to expect a fight if they tried to close or downgrade Queen Mary’s Hospital going on to pledge,
“The Conservative administration will do everything in its power to safeguard vital A&E and Maternity services at Queen Mary’s hospital”.
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