James Brokenshire has been told that the review of 'A Picture of Health' (APOH) is now to be led by an external body. NHS London has revealed that the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) is to be appointed to conduct the re-assessment of local hospital reorganisation plans affecting services at Queen Mary's Sidcup, Princess Royal University Hospital Bromley and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Greenwich. Proposals under APOH - including the closure of accident & emergency and maternity services at Queen Mary's - have been put on hold following the announcement of the review at the end of June.
Under the revised arrangements the IRP will lead the review and provide independent oversight. The terms of reference for the IRP are currently being agreed with NHS London. Where possible the IRP panel members involved will be different from those who looked at the original assessment of APOH. James Brokenshire had previously highlighted concerns that the review process should be as objective as possible.
Commenting James said:
"I welcome the appointment of the IRP to conduct the re-assessment of A Picture of Health. Having an external body to lead the process will provide much greater assurance of the robustness of the review."