Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Future Plans
South London Healthcare NHS Trust has had a symbiotic relationship with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, as they own the 3 above-mentioned hospitals: Queen Mary's Hospital,Sidcup; Queen Elizabeth's Hospital, Woolwich; and Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough, Kent.
In 2012, the Special Administrator, Matthew Kershaw of the Department of Health, was requested by the Secretary of State for Health to investigate concerns that South London Healthcare NHS Trust was not a viable concern. After public consultation and much investigation, it was declared on 31 January 2013 that the South London Healthcare NHS Trust would be disbanded.
Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust has reassured the public that this will not affect their services to the public.
It is proposed in the shake-up that Oxleas will be running and controlling some of the services and facilities currently owned by South London Healthcare NHS Trust. The Secretary of State for Health, Mr Hunt, has not yet made it public how everything will be finalised, but it is expected that there will not be any delay in re-organising the health services in South London.
There is still much debate going on about whether this will improve health care in South London and questions have been asked in Parliament as to the wisdom of reorganising so many health trusts on account of one hospital trust being disbanded. Caroline Taylor has taken over as Special Administrator of South London Healthcare NHS Trust. "This is Local London" article explains current events: * http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/10455687.South_London_Healthcare_changes__will_not_be_derailed__by_Lewisham_legal_fight/
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