The announcement by Frank Dobson, Secretary of State for Health, of boundary changes for health and social services in London, is a major step in getting the structure ready for the Greater London Authority. The new Authority and the Mayor for London would not be able to carry out their strategic role effectively if the boundaries of other public bodies did not coincide with those of the Authority.
The changes to health boundaries will result in a new NHS region embracing the whole of London. This will be achieved by merging the North and South Thames NHS Regions and moving some NHS Trusts to surrounding regions. The changes will take place in April 1999.
The Department of Health’s social care regional boundaries will be adjusted in April 1999 to bring them into line with the new NHS Executive regions. The creation of a Single London Regional Office, also in April 1999, was announced earlier.