Recent figures from the Guardian and 38 degrees reveals that the National Health Service may be suffering a £20bn shortfall by 2020, should funding not be improved.
Northampton, Northamptonshire -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/09/2017 -- Back in August there was a growing concern that despite plans to close a number of services by October, members of the public and patients alike were still unaware of such cuts. Now it seems that NHS bosses across England are attempting to plug the gap in their finances by making cuts to services, and making huge changes to the way healthcare is delivered.
The plans which have been drawn up to tackle huge funding gaps have been labelled Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) and cover 44 areas across England, but not all are happy with the proposed cuts.
GP's in Coventry and Warwickshire are said to have been left in the dark about the controversial shake up to the way the NHS is run, and are said to feel "very concerned" that such as major figure in the medical sector they have been "expressly excluded" from the handling of the bid. Further to this, Coventry North West MP Geoffrey Robinson has relayed fears that the proposed plans will lead to closures or possible relocations of local hospitals in the two locations. In light of the controversy caused, he stated "we need far more openness about STPs as they appear under the mantle of improved services, to mask a culture of cuts."
In addition to the discord that has been raised by these two sectors being left out of the planning which could fundamentally change the way care on the NHS is delivered, other geographical locations have also been affected, with some facing Accident and Emergency closures, and others getting ready for acute reconfiguration to the way they deliver healthcare.
Other areas affected include Hammersmith and Fulham and leader of the council argued that such plans would be dismantling their obligation protect such services.
The NHS service has been established since 1948, and although the proposed cuts do not fall at the fault of local NHS leaders, it seems that more openness is needed to ensure those on the front line do not feel left out of major reforms to the service they need to deliver.
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