Join Merton Council as members discuss possible changes to the NHS in London

Merton Council will be thrashing out the details of radical changes planned for the NHS and you are invited to join them.

Merton is one of the London boroughs to be affected by the proposals, put forward by Health Department Under Secretary of State, Lord Darzi.

All 32 boroughs involved have agreed to be part of a London-wide joint health scrutiny committee and will be getting together to analyse the proposed changes – and the first meeting will be on Friday, 30 November, at 10am in Hammersmith Town Hall.

Everyone is invited to come along to find out more about how healthcare across London could change over the next ten years.

Lord Darzi wants to provide more services, such as blood tests and x-rays, in local hospitals and community clinics while large, acute hospitals would deal with serious illnesses and injuries, for example strokes and heart attacks.

Chair of the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Health Panel, Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender, who will be representing Merton at the meeting, said: “When proposals as far-reaching as those in Lord Darzi’s review are put forward it is vital all the details are thoroughly scrutinised so we can all see how patients in Merton will be affected.”

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Agenda papers for Friday’s meeting are available from Barbara Jarvis, Merton Scrutiny Officer, on 020 8545 3390 or on Merton Council’s Scrutiny Webpage: http://www.merton.gov.uk/scrutiny