NHS England has published a “Call to Action” arguing that major changes are needed to London’s health services: http://www.england.nhs.uk/london/london-2/ldn-call-to-action/
The arguments that major changes are needed include that there is a funding gap because of increased needs for services (for example, because of an ageing population) and changes in technology. Many hospitals, GP surgeries and other services are not up to date and fit for purpose and not giving the public the right level and type of service. Among the many ideas for change are more community-based preventive services, and putting people more in charge of their own care, for example helping people manage long term conditions better. It’s suggested we’re too reliant on large general hospitals.
The NHS are looking to get the public’s views on these proposals. They were discussed on 9 December at Positive Ageing in London’s event on “Shaping the Future of Older Londoners’ Health and Social Care”: http://pailondon.org.uk/past-events/ You can click on a link on that page to the presentation by Helen Cameron, Regional Director for Transformation.
What do you think? What sort of changes would you like to see to the NHS? What do you think it is doing well, or badly? Age UK London will use your views to help shape how we respond.
The NHS say they also want to have local conversations in each borough, which the borough’s Clinical Commissioning Group should be leading. Have you heard of this happening where you live?