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South London NHS Cuts

Thursday, January 10, 2013

GMB to vigorously oppose closures and cuts in South East London NHS set out in administrator's final report.

The solution proposed by the administrator will leave the people of South East London with a worse service than they currently have says GMB.

GMB, the union for health staff, responded to the final report by the administrator following the official consultation into the future of the South London NHS Health Care Trust.  See copy of notice issued on 8th January 2013 in notes to editors below.

Andy Prendergast GMB senior organizer said “In the final report, after the consultation period,  the administrator is recommending massive staff cuts and service closures within the area in order to 'balance the books'.  The report now goes to the Secretary of State for Health who will make a decision on whether to accept these proposals by 1 February.

For the people of South East London this report is a disaster. £42 million worth of staff cuts and closures of A & E and Maternity Units will leave the area with a reduced service stretched to capacity. The solution proposed by the administrator will leave the people of South East London with a worse service than they currently have.

It is a retrograde step and one which GMB will be campaigning vigorously against."

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Contact: Andy Prendergast 07984 492 726 or 0208 397 8881 GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823

Notes to Editors

Copy of notice issued.

Final report by Trust Special Administrator at South London Healthcare NHS Trust published

8 January, 2013

In accordance with his statutory duty, the Secretary of State for Health has today published the final report of the Trust Special Administrator appointed to South London Healthcare NHS Trust.

The report, entitled ‘Securing sustainable NHS services: the Trust Special Administrator’s report on South London Healthcare NHS Trust and the NHS in south east London‘, was presented to the Secretary of State on 7 January. It makes recommendations in relation to the South London Healthcare NHS Trust to secure sustainable provision of health services to those patients served by the trust and in the south east London health economy. (Appendices to the report can be downloaded below.)

The Trust Special Administrator was appointed last July by the Secretary of State under the Regime for Unsustainable NHS Providers, provisions for which are set out in legislation. It is the first time the regime has been used since it was introduced in 2009.

The problems South London Healthcare NHS Trust faces are complex and long standing. The administrator was appointed to develop recommendations under a time-limited framework for addressing the trust’s significant financial problems and ensuring high-quality care for the people of south east London in the long term. The administrator published his draft recommendations on 29 October andconsulted locally on them from 2 November to 13 December.

The Secretary of State will now consider the final recommendations made to him and make his decision by early February that can secure sustainable services for the people of south east London.

Read Securing sustainable NHS services: the Trust Special Administrator’s report on South London Healthcare NHS Trust and the NHS in south east London(volume 1 PDF 1.7Mb)

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