Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Tesco Metro' Clinics Way to Cure NHS, Says Health Chief

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Tesco Metro' Clinics Way to Cure NHS, Says Health Chief

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Byline: Sophie Goodchild and Anna Davis

HOSPITALS should introduce "Tesco Metro-style" services to avoid a [pounds sterling]5 billion funding crisis, London's health chief warned today.

Ruth Carnall, head of NHS London, said savings were urgently needed to avert a cash shortfall which could threaten patient care.

She said trusts should be prepared to bulldoze "old, run-down" hospital sites to build smaller inpatient services to run alongside larger polyclinics. Surplus land would also be sold to raise cash.

The move is an attempt to mimic the successful "downsizing" of Tesco, which has introduced more than 20 Metro stores in the capital. Ms Carnall told the Standard that rising treatment costs, the economic downturn and increased patient demand for better services had created a "major" financial challenge.

NHS London has a [pounds sterling]13billion-a-year budget for patient services. But costs are rising by up to four per cent a year and a total of [pounds sterling]18billion is needed by 2016. …

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