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.”

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About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and commentator. She is based in London and is the founder and Chief Executive of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal. Through networking, technology, research, relationships and campaigning 2020health has influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991. Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She specialised in diabetes (University of Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care) and founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, a home and prison visiting practice for people with mental and physical disabilities using the latest digital technology, which she sold to Healthcall (now part of Specsavers) in 2009. Experiences of working in the NHS, contributing to policy development, raising two children in the inner-city and standing in the General Election in Bristol in 2005 led to Julia forming 2020health at the end of 2006. Julia is a regular guest on TV and radio shows such as BBC News, ITV’s Daybreak/ GMB, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions, BBC Radio, LBC and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week. She is mum to a rugby-mad son, a daughter passionate about Shakespeare, and wife of a comprehensive school assistant head-teacher. She loves gardening, ballet, Zimbabwe, her Westies Skye and Angus, is an honorary research associate at UCL and a Fellow of the RSA.
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