Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The plight of Queen Elizabeth Hospital

As many will know, Queen Elizabeth Hospital is in serious financial trouble. It is currently running with an £11 million deficit, and it's also struggling to find the £15 million it owes to the Private Finance Initiative which funded it's construction.

A quick glance at the records of Hansard suggest the Department of Health has absolved responsibility for the hospital, stating that it's the responsibility of the south east London Strategic Health Authority.

However, what is far more worrying is the total lack of representation coming from the Greenwich Council leadership about the plight of the hospital. We've been searching through the archives of the local press and can't find anything.

We do realise that the Council has limited ability to solve the problem, but you'd think they'd at least be putting forward the overwhleming view of the electorate on the crisis. After all QE is the Borough's primary in-patient facility.


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