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Liberal Democrats raise concerns over £50m NHS cuts in York

March 9, 2017 11:17 AM

Cllr Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, has raised concerns over £50 million of health cuts announced by the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group.

A CCG report for a meeting of York's Health and Wellbeing Board tomorrow identifies cuts in areas including out of hospital care, elective orthopaedics, and continuing healthcare. The CCG remains in special measures after NHS England rated it inadequate for leadership, finances, planning, and performance in July 2016. Projections suggest that the CCG's financial deficit will nearly double between 2016/17 and 2017/18, from £24 to £45 million.

The CCG starts from the challenging position of having the lowest funding per head of the population across the region. The Government's Sustainability and Transformation Plans form the wider savings programme going on in the NHS, with £480million of savings needed by 2020-21 across the 'Coast, Humber and Vale' STP which covers York, East Riding and Hull as well as North and North East Lincolnshire.

Cllr Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care and Chair of York's Health and Wellbeing Board, commented:

"I am sure many York residents will be worried about how these cuts are going to affect their local NHS services. I will be asking the CCG for more detail about the proposed cuts to give the best possible opportunity for challenge and scrutiny. NHS services are already under huge pressure and these cuts in continuing healthcare and out of hospital care are not welcome news.

"I will be speaking to my colleague Norman Lamb MP, Liberal Democrat spokesperson on health, about how to protect vital NHS services from Government cuts and improve mental health treatment. Liberal Democrats will continue calls for the Government to acknowledge the growing pressures on health services and give York a fair funding deal."