London's health plans: why the need for an overhaul is urgent

Publication:  The Guardian
Reference:  Guardian Professional, Monday 16 January

London has been a major medical centre for centuries; it is home to one of the oldest hospitals in the world (St Bartholomew's) and the tallest all-hospital tower in the world (Guy's and St Thomas's).

But how many hospitals it should have, what they do and where they should be located has proved a thorny issue since Victorian times, when a committee of the House of Lords first concluded that hospital services should be reorganised. In many ways, the distribution of hospitals across the capital has changed little since: many are still located in inner-city areas where specialist services have traditionally been concentrated.

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