Tough decisions: proposals for South London Healthcare Trust

Responding to proposals on South London Healthcare Trust, the chief executive of think tank 2020health Julia Manning said:

 “Matthew Kershaw and Dr Jane Fryer have proposed a realistic plan for the future arrangement of services in south east London. South London Healthcare Trust, which runs three hospitals was the first ever trust to be put on an “unsustainable providers regime” because it was losing over £1m a week.

“There are not just financial but safety and quality reasons for reconfiguration and it is really important that the public understand this. We should stop talking about losing local services as this can seem entirely negative but start talking about providing better quality services using up to date models of care supported by new technologies. The public do understand that in the 21st century high quality services cannot be provided everywhere but what they should not be tolerating is second-rate care.

“The biggest changes will be Lewisham’s A&E becoming an urgent care centre as Queen Elizabeth, Woolwich and Lewisham NHS Trust merge, and Princess Royal in Bromley being dissolved into Kings College Hospital.

“Local MPs need to take the responsible path and support these proposals in the basis of sustainability and quality. Tough decisions have been postponed for too long and this part of the NHS is haemorrhaging tax-payers money. This is a real opportunity to create efficiency through the re-shaping of services.”

About Julia Manning

Julia is a social pioneer, writer and campaigner. She studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991, later specialising in visual impairment and diabetes. During her career in optometry, she lectured at City University, was a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital and worked with Primary Care Trusts. She ran a domiciliary practice across south London and was a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. Julia formed 20/20Health in 2006. Becoming an expert in digital health solutions, she led on the NHS–USA Veterans’ Health Digital Health Exchange Programme and was co-founder of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Her research interests are now in harnessing digital to improve personal health, and she is a PhD candidate in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at UCL. She is also dedicated to creating a sustainable Whole School Wellbeing Community model for schools that builds relationships, discovers assets and develops life skills. She is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Digital Health Council. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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