Thursday, 31 January 2013

Hunt confirms Hospital downgrade

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, confirmed to the Commons today that the A&E Department at Lewisham Hospital will be downgraded as part of cost-cutting measures within the South East London sector of the NHS.  Furthermore the maternity unit at Lewisham is to be replaced with a midwife-led facility.  You can find more on this at www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-21269910
Mr. Hunt only parted from the Special Administrator, Matthew Kershaw's recommendations in one respect, by deciding that up to threequarters of those currently attending Lewisham A&E would (he said) continue to attend a new, smaller service at the Hospital, with only patients with more serious conditions taken to other hospitals.  It remains to be seen, of course, what happens in practice!

2 comments:

val said...

James Naughtie got the rhyming slang right.

Dougie Dickson said...

Disgusting yet again proof that the government never listen to the voters after they get in power