Health care in London risks a financially "unsustainable" future, if changes to the way it's organised aren't implemented urgently.
That's the warning today from a leading health think-tank.It claims government reforms introduced in April leave the capital's health service at risk of "incoherence and inconsistency".This report from Ria Chjatterjee.
We don't recognise the bleak picture painted in this report.We know there is a lot to do to ensure the NHS delivers the best care for everyLondoner but we are very positive about the impact clinicians will have inshaping services. The government has asked more GPs to have greater control ofthe NHS system, and in just three months since the new arrangements came intoeffect, we are seeing really positive change, such as the formation of JointCommissioning Boards in London. These are very similar to what the King’sFund calls for in the report.
A report published by a healthcare watch-dog has warned that London's NHS services are suffering because of cuts being made.
The report highlights that four out of the five most financially challenged NHS trusts in England are located in the capital and that the majority of its hospitals are struggling to meet new standards for the quality of care.
It warns that, without major changes to reorganise hospital services, improve primary care and move more services into the community, Londons NHS could become financially unsustainable and may not be able to guarantee consistently high standards of patient care.