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Doing nothing 'not an option' over NHS trust

South London Healthcare Trust was overspending by around £1m per week and a lack of investment was putting patients at risk. Doing nothing was not an option.

Dissolving this failing trust will safeguard the best interests of patients in South London. The costs involved are far less than what would have been the case if we had left SLHT to carry on overspending.

– Department of Health

Decision to dismantle failing NHS trust 'to cost double'

The decision to dismantle a failing London NHS hospital trust could cost taxpayers almost double the amount originally estimated. The South London Healthcare trust, which included hospitals in Bromley, Woolwich and Sidcup, has been dissolved after amassing huge debts.

South London Healthcare was formed in 2009 Credit: Press Association

The Evening Standard reports that the shake-up will end up costing £466 million. Originally the cost was estimated at £265 million.


Essex hospital is in 'special measures'

Top doctors and senior managers from one of London's best hospitals, are to be drafted into another which has with serious problems. NHS staff from Hampstead's Royal Free will be working at Basildon and Thurrock NHS trust, in an attempt to improve standards there.

Basildon's one of 11 trusts put into 'special measures' following a review of services.Luke Hanrahan has the full details.

Basildon hospital is in 'special measures'

The NHS says a hospital trust is said to require ‘special measures’ when there are serious failings in relation to quality of care, which trust bosses can't fix without intensive support.

The NHS Trust Development Authority declares when an NHS Trust is in special measures. In future, the Chief Inspector of Hospitals will recommend whether special measures are needed if the quality of services are judged to be inadequate.


NHS England: 'care not always as good as it should be'

Caroline Alexander, Chief Nurse for NHS England (London Region), said:

"It was disappointing to read the Cancer Patient Experience Survey results for London. There are areas of excellence in the capital but we know that the quality of care experienced by cancer patients can vary and is not always as good as it should be.

"We do well in treating the illness, but often fall short in caring for the individual and giving patients and their families the support that they need. To address this, cancer doctors and nurses across London have joined together in two Integrated Cancer Systems (ICS').

"This will save lives and drive up the standards of care received. We have already seen excellent examples of collaborations across both ICS', as Macmillan have highlighted, including better psychological and emotional support for patients and their families. The results from this year's survey do not necessarily capture some of the good work that has taken place as we know that measuring the benefits of service improvements can take time.

"However, we recognise that more needs to be done to improve services, including faster access to diagnostic services to increase early detection of cancer. NHS England (London) and the two Integrated Cancer Systems are working to improving care for people in London and it is important that we continue look at how we can change services across the system so that services work better for patients - rather than patients having to work around hospitals."

'Worst' nine NHS trusts, as rated by cancer patients

The worst nine NHS trusts in the Macmillan league table are:

  • 1. Imperial College Healthcare
  • 2. Barts Health
  • 3. Croydon Health Services
  • 4. Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals
  • 5. King's College Hospital
  • 6. North Middlesex University Hospital
  • 7. St George's Healthcare
  • 8. Whittington Health
  • 9. North West London Hospitals

London 'poor' for cancer treatment

A cancer charity is calling for urgent action to improve cancer care in London, after a recent survey painted a damning picture of hospitals in the capital.

Macmillan Cancer Care surveyed patients across England about their experience of different hospitals - and nine out of ten of the worst rated NHS Trusts were in London.

It is the third year running that London NHS Trusts have filled the majority of places in the bottom ten of Macmillan's league table.

Hospital's 'systematic catalogue of failings'

Dirty, unsafe, and failing to protect patients. The damning verdict on a London hospital ordered by inspectors to make urgent changes.

Whipps Cross in Leytonstone failed to meet the basic standards for quality and safety. In the worst cases, filthy maternity wards and uncaring staff exposed mothers and babies to the risk of infection. Ria Chatterjee reports.

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