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Fears for patients over loss of community beds
8:10am Monday 1st October 2012 in News
HOSPITALS discharging patients too early could compromise social care in York, according to the chair of the city’s new Health and Wellbeing Board.
Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing was speaking following news that the PCT is currently projecting an overspend of £19 million, and is introducing cost-cutting measures to the tune of £10 million.
She said: “Quite apart from the fact that the PCT’s finances appear to be in a dire position, I’m concerned about what the impact of the loss of community hospital beds will have on the council’s adult social care services.
“The deficit and mitigation measures identify mental health services as one area identified for a £1.5 million saving, closures of community hospital beds a further £0.4 million and elective activity £2.8 million. This activity includes hip and knee operations.”
The Health and Wellbeing Board comprises representatives from various public organisations and will soon take over responsibility for overseeing public health in York.