Bexley health group praises ‘landmark’ NHS devolution to provide better quality care
PUBLISHED: 12:01 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:01 17 November 2017
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The deal has received widespread backing
A ‘landmark’ deal expected to improve health and care services in Bexley has been signed by mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
The deal will see greater powers devolved to London, allowing clinical commissioning groups to invest in preventative services from money raised by selling off unused or derelict NHS land.
Giving his backing, health secretary Jeremy Hunt, said the agreement “will put local people in the driving seat”.
Support has come from more than 100 partners.
Dr Nikita Kanani, chief clinical officer of NHS Bexley CCG said: “Devolved arrangements for London will help us to make decisions that deliver high-quality care that is responsive to the unique needs of local people.
“This is a principle that we have already adopted in Bexley as we develop local care networks, and care pathways that deliver better and more seamless services, as conveniently as possible for the residents in Bexley.”
Senior NHS bosses have said the move will be able to unlock funds which can be pumped back into local services.
The option to sell of unused land comes after a report discovered 13 per cent of NHS properties in London need rebuilding, while 51 per cent require refurbishment.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’ve long argued that London needs greater control over the services that will help improve life in our city. It is vital that the capital has the powers to plan and coordinate health services that meet the needs of local communities and ensure Londoners have proper access to them.
“Today is a really important step in the right direction in our journey to becoming the world’s healthiest city and an unprecedented level of partnership working, with more than 100 organisations, has made this all possible.”
Health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said: “This agreement will put local people in the driving seat about the health and care they receive in the capital and means that Londoners will have more of say on how their health care needs are met now and in the future.
“I know there is a huge amount of good practice and innovation in London’s health and care services, and this is will help them to go further and faster in improving patient care.”