CQC Annual Health checks

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
James Cleverly
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In the recent annual health check results for hospital trusts, Queen Mary's, Queen Elizabeth and Bromley Hospital Trusts all rated as weak for financial management. Failing to control finances means an unequal delivery for services by hospitals and the creation of post code lotteries. How can the GLA, either on its own or in conjunction with Government, address this creation of inequality of service in London?


Answer for CQC Annual Health checks

Answer for CQC Annual Health checks

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As is evidenced in my Health Inequality Strategy, I am very concerned about the entrenched levels of health inequality in London. One theme of my strategy explicitly addresses equitable access to high quality health and social care.

Financial challenges faced by trusts, whether temporary in nature or more deepseated and structural, can indeed have a bearing on the quality and accessibility of service.

The detailed proposals which I envisage taking forward as my response to the issue of inequitable access (however it has arisen) can be found under Objective 2 in the Health Inequality Strategy.

With respect to work being taken forward by the NHS, I support the strategic direction outlined in 'Healthcare for London' as the sensible way forward and note that this is a view also shared by the pan - London Health Scrutiny Committee on this subject. *