Health: Greater London

Health written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on developing the Picture of Health for South East London; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

A Picture of Health considers options for the reconfiguration of four acute sites in South East London (Princess Royal University Hospitals Bromley, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, Queen Mary's, Sidcup and University Hospitals, Lewisham).

As a result, the local Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee (JOSC) comprising six interested borough councils and Kent county council has indicated its intention to formally refer at least some of the proposals to the Secretary of State.

A formal referral from Bexley council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee (a contingent of the JOSC) made a formal referral in its own right on 28 August 2008 to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health. In the event the JOSC does not make a formal referral, the Bexley referral will still be considered by the Independent Review Panel.

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