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Nurses worried over £10m York NHS cuts
THE planned £10 million in cuts to healthcare in our region has been condemned as “shocking” by the most respected nursing organisation in the UK.
NHS North Yorkshire and York bosses have been accused of quick-fix solutions after they announced a raft of cost-saving measures intended to slash a growing £19 million deficit.
However, in response to the proposals, the regional director of the Royal College of Nursing, Kevin Austerberry, said: “This is shocking news and we’re extremely worried about the direct impact on both patients, provision of care and nursing jobs.
“The trust is proposing significant short-term cuts with little or no consideration for the long term. Stopping GPs from treating minor injuries and cutting the opening hours of minor injury units makes no sense. It will only add pressure on more expensive critical services, like accident and emergency.
“Closing community hospital beds without putting alternative support in place could see more patients end up in hospital. The trust is also looking at contravening a national commitment by government to increase the number of health visitors by calling a halt to recruitment.”
He said cutting non-critical services meant patients would not be supported at every stage of their illness, and called for the NHS to step in to provide cash and ensure patients care did not suffer.
NHS North Yorkshire and York chief executive Chris Long said: “In order to ensure we can continue to provide essential services to everyone in North Yorkshire and York, we must make some difficult decisions about the services we provide both this year and into the next.
“It is estimated that these measures will save approximately £10 million, and we are working with local health partners to identify further measures required to keep the projected deficit to £19 million.
“It is important to state that these measures will not in any way affect access to emergency care.”
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