Health secretary Alan Johnson has approved the merger of Bromley Hospitals, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Queen Mary’s Sidcup trusts into South London Healthcare trust.

It will come into existence on 1 April, serve a population of more than 1 million people and have an annual income of more than £400m.

NHS London said in a statement: “The new trust will be well placed to recruit and retain the very best clinicians and managers and will deliver to the people of south London top quality services and a clear direction for staff. 

Service changes

“It will also be in a stronger position to respond to national and local requirements when introducing service change and improvements, including the implementation of Healthcare for London and the changes described in the current A Picture of Health reconfiguration scheme.”

The new trust’s chief executive will be Chris Streather, presently Bromley chief executive, and its chair will be George Jenkins.

Ruth Carnall

NHS London chief executive Ruth Carnall said: “This is great news for the people of South London. As a larger, more stable organisation, the trust will be much better placed to keep pace with medical advancements and recruit and retain the best staff.

“I look forward to working with the new board and executive team on their strategy to take the new trust forward.”