Health Secretary Visits Bexley

The Health Secretary, Rt Hon Andrew Lansley MP, visited the Northumberland Health Medical Centre on Wednesday morning (8 December) to announce that the Bexley Clinical Cabinet would be one of 52 groups of GP practices from across England selected to be the first to take on commissioning responsibilities as part of the Government’s plans set out in the NHS White Paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS.

The groups selected, known as pathfinders, will work together to manage their local budgets and commission services for patients direct with other NHS colleagues and local authorities.

Mr Lansley is pictured with Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett and representatives of the consortia and the Care Trust.

After this visit, Mr Lansley was joined by David Evennett MP and James Brokenshire MP in a meeting with Board members of South London Healthcare NHS Trust at Queen Mary’s Hospital to discuss the future of hospital services.