Greater devolution for London health

Central government and local health organisations in London have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide greater devolution to the capital's health bodies, including more control over their estate.

The Department of Health, alongside the Treasury, the communities department and NHS bodies, have signed a deal with all London Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), local authorities and the Greater London Authority (known collectively as the London Partners) that will provide a “clear vision of better health and care for the benefit of Londoners”.

Among the memorandum's commitments is to improve and develop the capital's use of the health estate, including through releasing land for a range of purposes, such as housing.

It also says that the London Partners will “produce a clear capital and estates plan for each sub-region”.

Overall, the strategies will look to “better utilise current assets and the health and care estate, and unlock the value of the estate at local, sub-regional and London level”.