Wandsworth LBC is proposing that it should take over the health service locally and become the purchasing authority...
Wandsworth LBC is proposing that it should take over the health service locally and become the purchasing authority for the National Health Service in its area, the Independent reports, November 6, p8. The proposal is also covered in the Financial Times (p6) which quotes Edward Lister, council leader, as saying that healthcare decisions are too important 'to be left to unelected quangos'.
The Independent says the idea from the council's right wing is remarkable in having some ideas similar to those being developed by Labour politicians and health service manager.
The authority is to be asked at a meeting this week to approach Health Secretary Virginia Bottomley to consider the transfer of health care purchasing. The move has been prompted, says the Independent by proposals to effectively close the local Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton.