GPs win Tower Hamlets backing in revolt over NHS ‘sustainability’ savings
- Credit: Mike Brooke
GPs worried about plans to streamline NHS functions with social care to save £500 million across east London have won Tower Hamlets Council support.
A delegation handed a petition to the town hall over fears that the North East London ‘Sustainability and Transformation’ plan would cut services in deprived areas in eight boroughs.
They urged the council to join neighbouring Hackney and Waltham Forest in refusing to sign up to the government proposals.
“I was alarmed to see responsibility for saving NHS money put on patients,” Dr Jacki Appleby told councillors. “The onus is being put on patients to give up smoking and to lose weight, but people in deprived areas have the least control over their health.”
Dr Appleby, who chairs Tower Hamlets GP Forum and runs Bow’s Tredegar practice, had “a huge worry” about over-stretched resources already having an impact on ‘safe patient’ care.
You may also want to watch:
The GPs won backing when deputy mayor Rachael Saunders pledged the council would not sign up to the government’s sustainability plan.
- 1 Man killed after fall from Bow tower block
- 2 14 charged with alleged drug dealing and money laundering offences
- 3 19 arrested and cash seized in East End dawn drug raids
- 4 Panel finds gross misconduct proven against Pc arrested on suspicion of drug dealing
- 5 Revealed: The most popular baby names in your area in 2020
- 6 Why some families can't leave Bow's 'dangerous structure' tower block
- 7 Road and rail round-up: Disruptions to travel in east London this week
- 8 Prison sentence increased for 'violent and dangerous' man
- 9 Police officers save lives in two sperate emergencies on same shift
- 10 Tower hamlets killing: £20,000 reward offered as two men sought for queries