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NHS chiefs call for London trust mergers

16th March 2009

The reorganisation and restructuring of hospital trusts should not be prevented by political competition and rules, according to two acute trust chief executives.

Imperial College Healthcare trust's Stephen Smith said: "There has got to be a degree of reality and that has got to come from the politicians. Thirty-two trusts, each with their own boards...is frankly ridiculous".

University College London Hospitals foundation trust chief executive Sir Robert Naylor said: "We cannot continue with 31 primary care trusts and 32 hospitals. I think the recession is going to force us into a fundamental restructuring of the NHS in London."

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Article Information

Title: NHS chiefs call for London trust mergers
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 10611
Date Added: 16th Mar 2009


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