NHS cuts threaten hospital closures – expect “eyewateringly extensive cuts” – but not “rationing”.

Shed a tear for the old NHS as it was in 1973 when I qualified.

Image result for eye watering cartoonKate Gibbons reports in The Times 11th August 2016: NHS cuts threaten hospital closures

NHS patients should expect “eyewateringly extensive cuts” in the coming months that go far beyond the rationing of non-emergency surgery, a health expert has warned.

Hospitals will be closed and bed numbers sharply cut as the health service tries to reduce its crippling deficit.

A growing number of NHS trusts are denying patients hip operations, cataract surgery and fertility treatment to try to cut hospital costs. One trust has proposed suspending IVF for two years for those aged under 37. Health finance experts have warned that more severe cuts, including a sharp reduction in the number of hospital beds, are ahead.

The savings made by putting a blanket ban on certain treatments are “just a footnote in the eye-wateringly extensive cuts” due to be announced in October, Nigel Edwards, chief executive of the Nuffield Trust, said. “If you think rationing certain treatments is extreme, wait until what comes next.

“All of these cutbacks are on the margin, when what is needed are measures that deliver tens of millions of pounds in savings. The next few years will see widespread hospital closures.”

The savings made by putting a blanket ban on certain treatments are “just a footnote in the eye-wateringly extensive cuts” due to be announced in October, Nigel Edwards, chief executive of the Nuffield Trust, said. “If you think rationing certain treatments is extreme, wait until what comes next.

“All of these cutbacks are on the margin, when what is needed are measures that deliver tens of millions of pounds in savings. The next few years will see widespread hospital closures.”

Yesterday Grantham and District Hospital in Lincolnshire announced that its accident and emergency unit would be closed at night for the next three months because of a severe shortage of doctors.

Doctors also warned last night that the NHS is rationing statins that can cost just a few pence. Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group in Greater Manchester ordered local GPs to ignore guidance from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence and restrict the cholesterol-reducing drug, according to The Daily Telegraph

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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