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Put together by the team behind Pulse, with the help of an expert advisory board, Pulse Live is the one-stop shop for GPs.
Join us to take part in a number of key debates, seminars, and workshops addressing the wider issues within healthcare provision, as well as interviews with senior figures from the NHS, Government and other healthcare bodies.
The announcement of a hospital closure creates a highly emotive, visceral reaction. As commissioners we realise not every hospital can be sustained and there are hard choices ahead.
But the experience in Lewisham is a sad day for commissioning as well as for patients because of the rushed process and disregard for local commissioners. It’s as if commissioning for our population did not exist.
The decision is fundamentally flawed for several reasons
South London Health Care Trust (SLHCT) was a merger, about four years ago, of three failing trusts into one large failing trust. Since then, it has improved clinically, but remains crippled by a huge PFI dept and, according to the Special Administrator, continuing managerial failings.
Andrew Lansley invoked the regime that had been created by Labour for unsustainable trust failure and appointed a Trust Special Administrator(TSA) to sort the trust ou