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“2020health is an important and thoughtful contributor to the health debate”

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee

 
 

BBC News Q&A: Why A&E units in London are set to close

Julia Manning, chief executive of Health 2020, a non-profit Think Tank, said there were many cases where people did not need to go to an A&E unit.

"The reality is we have a hospital system that has grown up unplanned, unstructured, and we have too many hospitals.

"A hospital should be a place of last resort that you go to, it shouldn't be where most people go for routine checks."

She said the hospitals as they currently are, were financially unsustainable and not safe as they could not offer "the quality of specialised care in every hospital at the bottom of people's roads".