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Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee

 
 

National Health Executive Lewisham decision ‘delaying the inevitable’ – 2020health

Healthcare policy professionals have responded with concern to the announcement that Lewisham will retain its A&E department.

2020health suggested that the recommendations were “not a pick-and-mix list” that Hunt could implement in part. Julia Manning, chief executive of the think tank 2020health said: “They were developed to be taken as a whole to stop the haemorrhaging of money out of the NHS and ensure the people of South East London have the best clinical care possible for years to come.”

She added that Hunt was “sadly delaying the inevitable” with Lewisham A&E, which could increase costs. “Unfortunately sentimentality and politics have left us with a solution that is unsustainable in the long term and will have to be revisited yet again in the future.”