Lewisham A&E crisis: Labour's toxic PFI legacy

Stella Kyriazis, Deputy Chairman of the Lewisham and Deptford Conservative Association, said: 

“As a volunteer at Lewisham Hospital , I witness first-hand the excellent service provided by staff within these departments. I also see the great anxiety of many people who are worried about losing their jobs.

"Labour’s PFI failure has crippled South London NHS Trust. While operating costs have reduced significantly over the past four years, Labour’s PFI legacy has made that reduction irrelevant. This is because South London NHS Trust spends above the national average on PFI costs, a fact that brought us to the messy situation we are today." 

Lewisham Conservatives urge local residents to respond to the consultation on the future of the trust as it struggles with the legacy of Labour’s bust PFI deal.

In contrast to Labour's financial mismanagement, this financial year, the government have provided over £15m of extra funding to Lewisham PCT, which represents a budget increase of 2.8%. It is part of the government's commitment to increase investment in the NHS by more than £12.5 billion nationally by 2015, guaranteeing patients access to some of the best care in the world.