‘Pain’ warning over NHS cuts

Chairman of NHS North Yorkshire and York, Kevin McAleese

Chairman of NHS North Yorkshire and York, Kevin McAleese

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THE long-expected cuts to health services in York and North Yorkshire will be announced tomorrow at a public meeting of the region’s NHS trust.

In an attempt to reduce the £19 million health deficit facing the trust, the board is expected to announce where the axe will fall and is likely to see a shift away from hospital care to community services.

Among those listening to the announcement at the Priory Street centre tomorrow morning will be Coun Jim Clark, head of North Yorkshire County Council’s scrutiny of health committee.

The committee recently voted to oppose any cuts to health services in the region.

Coun Clarke said: “If they are going to focus on health care in the home it will be easy in York, but what if you live on the Yorkshire Moors or Upper Wharfedale? It’s more difficult.”

Raising concerns for the future of community hospitals in more rural areas such as Malton, Coun Clark said: “When they talk about centralisation of services that has to raise doubts about the things like maternity services or stroke and heart services.”

In his report set to go before tomorrow’s meeting, the chairman of NHS North Yorkshire and York, Kevin McAleese warned county councillors that “the financial realities will not change”.

He said: “There will have to be a painful, challenging and extended process of reconfiguring existing and high quality healthcare services in North Yorkshire and York back down to match the level of funding available to Clinical Commissioning Groups, despite the demographic trends indicating that demand for services can only grow in the foreseeable future.”

The meeting takes place at 10am in the Priory Street Centre tomorrow. Members of the public are welcome.

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9:29am Mon 21 Jan 13

inthesticks says...

Closing or reducing services in outlying areas has a huge impact in York, as more patients will attend an already overstretched hospital in the city. The YDH is constantly struggling to cope with demand and this will only increase; and I bet there will be no provision or money to help ease that situation. YDH already treats a lot of patients from the Scarborough area as their treatments were scaled back.
It`s alright talking about treating people in the community but the service isn`t geared up to do this and would take years to get going (NHS wheels of change grind very slowly). I have thought for a long time that GP`s surgeries could treat many more minor injuries and acute cases that are currently attending the Emergency Departments of hospitals, but they need to change the system of appointments only and have facilities able to treat patients; still more expenditure there then.
There is a huge threat to our NHS from the coalition government who promised pre-election that there would be no re-structuring of the NHS, we are going to end up with a service where the profitable treatments will be funded and those that do not bring a profit will not. Get ready for stories over the next few years about people who have not been able to get treatment for basic illnesses.
And why is York and N Yorks the only area in the country to have a deficit?
Closing or reducing services in outlying areas has a huge impact in York, as more patients will attend an already overstretched hospital in the city. The YDH is constantly struggling to cope with demand and this will only increase; and I bet there will be no provision or money to help ease that situation. YDH already treats a lot of patients from the Scarborough area as their treatments were scaled back. It`s alright talking about treating people in the community but the service isn`t geared up to do this and would take years to get going (NHS wheels of change grind very slowly). I have thought for a long time that GP`s surgeries could treat many more minor injuries and acute cases that are currently attending the Emergency Departments of hospitals, but they need to change the system of appointments only and have facilities able to treat patients; still more expenditure there then. There is a huge threat to our NHS from the coalition government who promised pre-election that there would be no re-structuring of the NHS, we are going to end up with a service where the profitable treatments will be funded and those that do not bring a profit will not. Get ready for stories over the next few years about people who have not been able to get treatment for basic illnesses. And why is York and N Yorks the only area in the country to have a deficit? inthesticks
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6:11pm Mon 21 Jan 13

York1900 says...

Every time the Tories get in to power they mess with the NHS and more and more services are moved in to the private sector

Leaving the NHS to pick up every thing the private sector does not want and the private sectors botch ups
Every time the Tories get in to power they mess with the NHS and more and more services are moved in to the private sector Leaving the NHS to pick up every thing the private sector does not want and the private sectors botch ups York1900
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9:35pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Garrowby Turnoff says...

The NHS is in a delicate position and any restructuring ought to look at the care of the patients, not the care of the Trusts budget.
The NHS is in a delicate position and any restructuring ought to look at the care of the patients, not the care of the Trusts budget. Garrowby Turnoff
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