A document which sets out what cuts are proposed to be made in light of a looming huge hole in the budgets has now been published by NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group.
This version (I have only scanned it so far) is considerably less explicit and more vague about what cuts might be made. It talks in terms of “reviews” rather than cuts.
A draft was leaked to the BBC in September and triggered the creation of campaign groups such as North Devon’s “No Red Lines.”
The draft version proposed 100s of bed cuts to community hospitals and 100s of more bed cuts to acute hospitals such as the RD&E. The document also proposed axing whole departments at North Devon District Hospital, such as stroke and maternity among others.
Public pressure has been building recently. As a member of Devon County Council’s health and wellbeing scrutiny committee, I have been inundated with emails from people urging me to demand publication of the document.
All clinical commissioning groups must produce an STP and I understand that they pretty much all involve cuts to services, as they are intended to claw back a looming hole of £30bn in the NHS nationally, by 2020.
The early reviews initially include stroke, A&E, paediatrics, maternity, breast services, ENT, radiology, heart surgery and vascular surgery…. there is much else in the document and I will examine more closely when I get a hard copy for scrutiny…
It is more important than ever that our MPs back Sarah Wollaston and ask for more funding in the chancellor’s Autumn Statement.