Letters Hospital reconfiguration

Southeast London—the unspoken problem

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1765 (Published 23 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1765
  1. Andrew N Bamji, consultant rheumatologist and director
  1. 1Elmstead Rehabilitation Unit, Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, Kent DA14 6LT, UK
  1. bamji{at}btinternet.com

Palmer’s report on hospital reconfiguration in southeast London omits some important points.1 He notes that the substantial Private Finance Initiative (PFI) payments for several local hospitals have contributed to the massive financial problems but does not stress that any non-PFI partner in a reconfiguration will become the sacrificial lamb. …

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