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London health service faces serious financial problems and cuts of £5bn by 2017

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c393 (Published 20 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c393
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    Doctors’ leaders have warned that London is facing the most severe healthcare financial problems of anywhere in England, as NHS budget cuts will bite hardest in the capital.

    The BMA published a report this week warning that London is heading towards “a major financial and organisational crisis” that will mean the closure or downgrading of hospital services.

    Real term cuts of £5bn (€5.7bn; $8.2bn) to primary care trusts’ funding by 2017 are now being envisaged, says the report, which was commissioned by the BMA and written by John Lister, information director at the campaigning organisation London Health Emergency.

    In preparing the report Mr Lister …

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