Last year Our Healthier South East London (OHSEL), the six borough Clinical Commissioning Group partnership responsible for developing the local sustainability and transformation plan (STP), put forward a proposal and invited bids from providers to reduce the number of sites that currently undertaken elective orthopaedic surgery across the region.
The proposal was in line with Professor Tim Briggs’ Getting it Right First Time (GiRFT), which has already been implemented in South West London.
The potential loss of orthopaedic surgery to Lewisham Hospital raised significant concerns amongst the provider, commissioners, elected members and local residents. At the OHSEL Committee in Common meeting in November, OHSEL were asked to revisit the process and look at the potential for a three site option (essentially including Lewisham Hospital).
OHSEL have now announced that they are dropping the two site option as no consensus could be reached across the region. Instead, they are now setting up an Orthopaedic Clinical Network to oversee delivery of elective orthopaedic surgery across the region. Mark Easton, OHSEL’s Programme Director, said in a letter to the chair of the Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (JHOSC).
“…it has become clear that it has not been possible at this time for us to reach a consensus within the NHS in South East London on what the best model to adopt would be that met the conditions we had set out.” Read the full letter by clicking the pink button below.