Inquiry into London NHS calls for new strategic health authority to plan and commission services

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 24 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2315
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

An inquiry into the state of the NHS in London has warned that services are “unravelling” as the NHS becomes more fragmented and financially squeezed and that the lack of strategic management oversight in the capital means that the situation is difficult to tackle.

The People’s Inquiry into London’s NHS took evidence from public health professionals and managers over three months and has made 18 recommendations for tackling the NHS’s problems in London, many of which were not unique to the capital, it said. Its report was launched at the House of Commons on Thursday 20 March.1

Speaking at the launch, the commentator on health Roy Lilley, who chaired the inquiry, said, “I was just frankly horrified at the fractured state of London’s NHS. The difficulty there is for there to be any strategic oversight in planning change in a time of change. I was horrified too by the …

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