Teresa this week quizzed the PM on the possible administration of the NHS Trust for Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich. She asked specifically why the Health Secretary has met with MPs for Old Bexley and Sidcup, and for Bromley and Chislehurst, but has neither met with, nor is scheduled to meet with, Greenwich Members. Mr Lansley has also met with the Members for Bexleyheath and Crayford, and Orpington.
It is crucial that all Members representing people in all the areas affected are fully-informed about this issue, so that they can act in the best interests of their constituents.
As a result of Teresa’s question, a meeting has now been diarised to discuss these matters with Andrew Lansley MP, the Health Secretary, on the 24th July 2012.
On the 11th July 2012, Teresa asked the PM:
“On Monday 25 June, the Health Secretary announced the possible administration of the NHS trust that covers Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich. That night he met the hon. Members for Old Bexley and Sidcup (James Brokenshire) and for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill). However, although the Greenwich Members asked for such a meeting, at present there is no date in the diary and no date forthcoming. Can the Prime Minister explain why the residents of Greenwich are not given the same respect by his Minister as the residents of Bexley and Bromley?”
Prime Minister David Cameron responded:
“The hon. Lady raises an important point. The situation at this NHS trust is very difficult, and it is quite right that the Health Secretary is using the powers put in place by the previous Government to deal with the issues. They are partly because of the completely unsustainable private finance initiative contracts. I take what she says very seriously and will see whether I can arrange a meeting between her and a Health Minister to discuss this important issue.”