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Monday, 14 November 2016

It seems the threat of hospital closures in South West London is back

A report by The King’s Fund, claims NHS England is considering “contractions” of services and closures across the country.

In South West London, it claims one of St George’s, Tooting, Kingston, Croydon, Epsom and St Helier could be lost.

Five years ago, a London wide review called for a scaling back of maternity and A&E at one of the sites.

Lib Dem MP for Kingston at the time, Ed Davey, said that under the Coalition Government, that threat was no more.

But, just two weeks ago, former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg visited Kingston Hospital.

While there, he warned of a winter health crisis.

Katherine Murphy, Chief Executive of The Patients Association, said: “Unless the criticisms and concerns raised in the King's Fund report are addressed urgently, NHS England’s Sustainability and Transformation Plans are bound to fail. Not only have the plans have been developed with no public or patient consultation, but they have also had only minimal input from front line medical, health and social care professionals.

The lack of transparency underlines the widely held view that NHSE's priority is balancing the finances and clearly not patient safety, treatment and care. The evidence is mounting that we are facing a crisis in health and social care. Unless these services are funded adequately, no amount of restructuring and tinkering at the edges is going to result in a NHS and social care service that is fit for purpose.

The Patients Association strongly recommends that NHS England changes direction now to ensure patients and the public, health and social care staff and other relevant parties are involved in the STPs before they are taken any further. We strongly agree with the recommendation that STPs need to be "stress-tested” to ensure the assumptions behind them are credible and the proposed changes realistic.

Patients, their families, carers and the public deserve this, at the very least."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 10:47 am  

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