Council supports health care providers in Merton

Merton Council is supporting the borough’s health care providers in their efforts to improve standards across the region, following the Healthcare Commission’s annual performance check.

The Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust has been rated as “weak” for quality of services and “fair” for use of resources.

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust has been given a “good” rating for its quality of services and a “weak” rating for its use of resources.

St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust has also been rated as “weak” over its use of resources and “fair” for its quality of services.

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust was given a “fair” rating for both its quality of services and its use of resources.

The Council works closely with Trusts to provide successful healthcare opportunities to residents, such as the Books on Prescription scheme and the Smoke Free programmes.

Cabinet member for Health and Adult Social Services, Councillor Margaret Brierly, says: “On behalf of residents in the London Borough of Merton, I am concerned about the rating the Trusts have received. I do, however, believe that they are committed to improving their services and we will work in partnership with the Trusts to ensure we’re putting residents first.”