Chairman of NHS Newham CCG Dr Zuhair Zarifa wants feedback on health services


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East London is one of the most vibrant communities in the world and we deserve the very best healthcare. But this presents many challenges.

There is significant deprivation in our region, we have a rapidly growing population and there are increasing numbers of people suffering from long-term conditions, such as diabetes. We need NHS services that are able to meet these needs now and in the future.

All of the key NHS organisations across east London are working together to help plan our future health services.

People are being asked to give their thoughts whether there are the opportunities to develop and improve our health services at Newham University Hospital, The Royal London, St Bartholomew’s and Whipps Cross University Hospital, which are all part of Barts Health NHS Trust.

Healthcare experts from across the region, including GPs, surgeons, nurses, public health workers and patient representatives, have all worked together to share their expertise and ideas and developed a report – The interim Case for Change – which you can read online.

Now we would like to hear your views so we can make sure we are all on the right track. It is important to note that – once we have listened to your feedback and begin thinking about how we can change and improve services.

We would still expect emergency care to continue at Newham University, The London and Whipps Cross hospitals and that women will continue to be able to have their babies at all these hospitals, in birthing centres and at home.

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Feedback will be gathered throughout summer and the final report will be published in autumn.

To read the clinicians’ interim report, provide feedback and share your experiences of healthcare services, visit, or call 020 3688 1678 to request a paper version.

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