Conservative Councillors at a meeting attended by over three hundred Bexley residents voiced their anger that all three options in the Picture of Health Consultation would mean that no A&E or Maternity services would be provided at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup. The proposals drawn up by the medical directors of the four acute hospitals in Outer SE London would mean Bexley residents would be forced to travel to Bromley or Woolwich to receive services currently provided at Queen Mary’s.
Councillor Sharon Massey Bexley Council’s cabinet member for Health & Adult Social care warned the meeting the proposals to downgrade Queen Mary’s Hospital had no public support and challenged the NHS to explain why they could not recruit more Doctors instead of cutting vital services.
Councillors and members of the public were highly critical of the picture of Health consultation document and Councillor Massey told the meeting,
“Bexley Council are taking legal advice to see if this Consultation is even valid”.
The meeting was also attended by David Evennett MP who joined with the Councillors in opposing plans to cut services at Queen Mary’s.
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