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Statement regarding Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Clinical Strategy.

Published Monday, 18 October 2010

Statement from Councillor Don McGowan, Cabinet Member for Older People and Adult Social Services in response to the review of the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Clinical Strategy.

Councillor McGowan

"The Government is proposing wholesale changes to the NHS at both a national and local level which raise a number of concerns.  The first test of this new model, placing GPs at the heart of future decision making on local health services, is the review of the planned changes to hospital services in Enfield, Barnet and Haringey.

"We know that big cuts to public service funding will lead to difficult decisions being made, but they need to be the right decisions that will lead to a better Enfield.  

"At the Council, we have put fairness for all at the heart of our decision making and so we will be testing whether the proposals treat the whole borough fairly, provide good access for all and address the key issue of health inequalities in Enfield.  Our second aim is supporting growth and sustainability so we will be asking if the proposals meet the long term needs of our community and not just short term financial incentives.  Our third aim is to build strong communities so we are urging health colleagues to listen to and engage with local people and give them a greater voice in determining the future of health services in the borough.

"I welcome the publishing of this evidence and the greater transparency being shown in the process. I have encouraged all concerned to ensure there is extensive engagement with local people and there is sufficient time allowed before final decisions are made to listen and respond to people's concerns.

"I also urge the NHS to ensure that improvements in primary care are in place before any reductions on hospital sites.  We all now need to play our part in ensuring the right decisions are taken to improve life in Enfield."

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