• Trust consulting on closing Margaret Pyke Centre in King’s Cross
  • Central and North West London Foundation Trust says funding cuts have triggered the consultation
  • Consultation closing at the end of March

FINANCE: Funding cuts have forced Central and North West London Foundation Trust to consult on closing one of its three sexual health centres.

The Margaret Pyke Centre in King’s Cross, north London, could be closed as the trust looks to make £2.7m in savings in 2016-17 after being told funding from local authority commissioners would be reduced.

The centre provides contraceptive and sexual health services and the trust said the £2.7m could only come from removing 43 posts and renting out the building.

The consultation will close at the end of March and a final decision made by the trust’s board in May. The centre sees 21,700 patients.

The news comes as HSJ’s sister title Local Government Chronicle reported last month on a major shake-up of sexual health services in the capital.

Central and North West London Foundation Trust chief executive Claire Murdoch said: “The financial situation is very difficult for the NHS, for Public Health England and local authorities. This has to be faced and services that are too expensive will find they are undercut by other providers.

“We believe our solution - analysed and agonised over - adds up to a future of high quality services for patients. We will not allow the financial challenges we face to derail what is outstanding now and what will be well into the future.”

Outgoing clinical director Danielle Mercey said: “The trust has a track record of outstanding services and we will work to be better and to reach more people, but we need new methods and new approaches and need to use resources in the most efficient way possible to make every penny spent count.

“We will continue to provide a dedicated and specialist service for contraception for local women in Camden and Islington, as well as for other women from across London who use the service, which is able to provide training, teaching and research.”