Friday, 9 March 2012

North West London hospitals 'will almost certainly' close

The medical director of the largest commissioning cluster in the capital has said hospitals in north west London "will almost certainly" have to close.
NHS North West London (NWL) medical director Mark Spencer said: "We do need to centralise, probably have fewer hospital sites."

The cluster has been tasked with saving about £1bn over four years.

Ealing Labour council Leader Julian Bell has said hospital closure plans are "unpopular with local people".

NHS NWL serves a population of 1.9 million people in eight boroughs - Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster.

It currently has a budget of about £4bn a year and has been tasked with cutting about £1bn from its budget by 2014-15.

1 comment:

  1. The fact remains that London has too many hospitals, and cannot realistically provide 24-7 cover in them all, by all specialities.

    Don't get taken into a small one over a weekend!

    It might well be the cuts that are driving this, but unfortunately, no politiacian in BOOM times is ever prepared to tackle this.