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London’s health services need radical change, says NHS England

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6243 (Published 15 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6243
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

London’s hospital system is at breaking point, and demand for healthcare will outstrip funding in seven years unless there is a fundamental change in the way services are delivered, NHS England’s regional medical director for London, has warned.

Andy Mitchell gave the warning at the launch of a report, London: A Call to Action, which argues that health inequalities and an ageing population mean that the existing model of NHS healthcare is unsustainable in the capital.1

The report is the London version of the national call to action launched by NHS England’s chief executive, David Nicholson, in July.2 NHS England said that the analysis would be useful to stimulate debate about the challenges facing healthcare in London. Discussions will be led by London’s clinical commissioning groups, working with health and wellbeing boards.

Anne Rainsberry, NHS England’s regional director for London, said that there was likely …

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