On the 13th of January I chaired a seminar about healthcare in London organised by Policy Forum for London. The seminar brought together some of the latest thinking about the long-term implications of last year’s NHS Five Year Forward View for the capital. It was a great opportunity to hear from leading figures in the healthcare profession on key issues in relation to London’s wider healthcare needs including the future of mental health services, cancer care and services for the homeless.
The panel described some of the huge challenges ahead for healthcare in London and the ways we might tackle them. Part of the discussion was around the need for a strategic leadership in to better coordinate the 32 clinical commissioning groups tasked with organising NHS services; the current situation is that the CCGs work independently with moment which brings them together to work as one system. That’s why I’ve been calling for the London Health Board to be given statutory responsibility to act as a strategic health coordinator to organise pan-London health provision.