Fears raised over plan to scale back GP and A&E care in east London

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 18 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6204
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Experts have raised concerns at plans for east London that could mean replacing GPs with other professionals and scaling back accident and emergency activity in hospitals to focus such care in the community.

The independent think tank the Centre for Health and the Public Interest has analysed plans outlined in a multiagency document called Transforming Services Together,1 which seems to have been included in the wider northeast London sustainability and transformation plan (STP).2 The STPs are the new ways for areas across England to come up with proposals to improve health and save money.

The think tank said, in its report,3 that although the full STP proposals for northeast London contained few specific details, the detail given in the Transforming Services Together document seemed to form part …

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