Another issue that was discussed last week at the Stoke Newington Neighbourhood forum was changes to health services in North East London. There are a number of challenges in the area - particularly health inequalities and poor care for people with long term conditions. Hospital stays in North East London are also higher than average.
A set of proposals have now been developed with the involvement of clinicians, patients and the public. Formal consultation on the proposals is now taking place and will run until 8 March 2010. You can fill in your views online here.
The proposals do not involve any significant changes for hospitals in Hackney, though just across the border in Tower Hamlets, the Royal London will become a major acute hospital. A new polyclinic which will offer a 7 day a week service will be opening at St Leonards so that local residents can access health services at more convenient times.