§ Ms Ruddock
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals she intends to make with regard to Lewisham hospital if her proposed merger of Guy's and St. Thomas's hospitals goes ahead; what increase she envisages in the number of accident and emergency cases to be dealt with at Lewisham hospital; and how many additional beds Lewisham hospital will require to meet the increase.370W
§ Dr. Mawhinney
The South East London health authority is working with Guy's and St. Thomas's hospital trust, King's healthcare national health service trust and Lewisham hospital NHS trust to assess the likely changes in patient flows both in attendances at emergency departments and in-patient admissions as a result of proposed changes in the Guy's and St. Thomas's trust. Proposals will be the subject of public consultation later this year.