Proposals for healthcare in south east London

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Matthew Kershaw, the Trust Special Administrator appointed by the Secretary of State for Health in July 2012 to make recommendations about the future of health services at South London Healthcare NHS Trust and wider south east London, published his draft report on 29 October, 2012

On December 12 the council submitted its response to the Trust Special Administrator's draft report and recommendations into the future of South London Healthcare NHS Trust and services in South East London.  The draft report and recommendations was subject to a formal 30 day consultation period between 2 November and 13 December.

The report contains six key draft recommendations for the future clinical and financial sustainability of health services in south east London .

Final report publication 8 January 2013 - update from the South London Healthcare NHS Trust.

A number of solutions have been tried over many years to overcome the challenges faced by the South London Healthcare NHS Trust and its predecessor organisations in south east London .  However, none have delivered the scale of change required to secure clinically and financially sustainable services for the long-term for local people. On 16 July 2012 a Trust Special Administrator (TSA) was appointed to the Trust by the Secretary of State for Health under the Regime for Unsustainable NHS Providers (UPR).

The Trust Board was suspended, as a statutory part of the Regime, and the Trust Special Administrator was appointed to be the accountable officer for the Trust and to develop recommendations to address the significant financial challenges it faces.

The final report brings to an end 150 working days of extensive work and engagement with hospital doctors, GPs, clinical commissioners, health experts and leaders, nurses, providers of community care and other services such as mental health services and social services, patients and members of the public.  This signals the end of this phase of the work of the Trust Special Administrator and the final report is now with the Secretary of State for Health for him to consider and make his decision on the future of health services in south east London in early February 2013.

The final report from the Trust Special Administrator and details of the results of the public consultation and responses to it can be downloaded from: www.tsa.nhs.uk/document-downloads.