South London Healthcare NHS Trust: Decision by Secretary of State

The Secretary of State for Health has published a notice of his decision in relation to South London Healthcare NHS Trust following a report produced by administrators.

The Secretary of State has accepted the broad recommendations of the report, which are:
• the trust will be dissolved, with each of its hospitals taken over by a neighbouring hospital trust. These mergers are subject to approval from the relevant regulators
• all 3 hospitals within South London Healthcare NHS Trust – Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, Queen Mary’s in Sidcup and the Princess Royal in Bromley – will be required to make the full £74.9 million of efficiencies identified by the Trust Special Administrator
• all vacant or poorly utilised premises will be vacated, and sold where possible
• the department will pay for the excess costs of the PFI buildings at the Queen Elizabeth and Princess Royal Hospitals and write off the accumulated debt of the trust so that the new organisations are not saddled with historic debts. It will also negotiate an appropriate level of transitional funding to cover implementation.

The Secretary of State has also accepted the recommendation to centralise  specialist emergency care at 4 sites in South East London and Lewisham Hospital will remain open as a working A&E department.

The administrator’s report entitled ‘Securing sustainable NHS services: the Trust Special Administrator’s report on South London Healthcare NHS Trust and the NHS in south east London‘, was presented to the Secretary of State on 7 January.