Jo receives assurances from Health Department over temporary closures at Queen Mary's Sidcup

In a written question to the Secretary of State for Health, Jo asks what steps he is taking to ensure that the closure of Accident and Emergency and maternity departments at Queen Mary's Hospital Sidcup does not prejudge the outcome of the reconfiguration programme, A Picture of Health.  

The Department responded that "NHS London, through its assurance work on the A Picture of Health reconfiguration scheme, is currently considering the report produced by the Clinical Forum established in outer South East London to lead a review of the proposals against the four tests for national health service reconfigurations as set down by the Secretary of State in May 2010.

"The decision made by the trust to temporarily close Accident and Emergency and maternity units at Queen Mary's hospital Sidcup is based on clinical and patient safety. The temporary closures of these units will not impact on NHS London's assessment of the A Picture of Health reconfiguration proposals against the four tests for reconfiguration. Both units will reopen if this is found to be the best way forward for the local community."