The Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts (JCPCT) has today (19th February) made a decision on the future of NHS services for approximately 2 millon people living in North West London.
The Committee agreed with all the recommendations put forward by the ‘Shaping a healthier future’ programme following public consultation. This will mean:
The ‘Shaping a healthier future’ programme was established to address a number of challenges being faced by the NHS in NW London, including the demands of an increasing, ageing population. There are more people with long term conditions, and unacceptable variations in the quality of care, evidenced by higher mortality rates for patients treated in hospital at night or during the weekend.
Following extensive public consultation, the JCPCT was asked to approve the 11 recommendations made in the ‘Shaping a Healthier Future’ Decision Making Business Case, as well as two further recommendations which refer to additional proposals for Ealing and Charing Cross hospitals (see notes to editors, below).
Taking into account all of the evidence, the JCPCT has accepted all of the recommendations. These proposals will now take 3-5 years to implement, ensuring that improvements in out of hospital care are in place before major changes to hospital services are then implemented.
Jeff Zitron, Chair of the JCPCT, said: “This is an important decision for the NHS in NW London. I am delighted that, after thorough and careful examination, we are able to fully recommend what clinicians feel will deliver the best possible care for local people for years to come. We have not taken this decision lightly, and have been very careful to consider the many thousands of responses we received during our extensive consultation last summer. I am confident that this is the best decision for the people of North West London and for the NHS.”
Dr Mark Spencer, Medical Director for Shaping a healthier future and Ealing GP, said:
“This decision will save lives and improve care dramatically for the two million people living across North West London. I am pleased that the JCPCT agreed that this was the best decision for a clinically safe, high quality and financially secure future for all the hospitals and NHS trusts in North West London. There are urgent and pressing needs to make these changes. If we do nothing people will continue to die unnecessarily and services will fail.”
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