A leaked NHS document circulated around top executives at the organisation has revealed the specific areas in the UK which will face cuts to their NHS services.
The document, which was released by the Guardian, details the ‘difficult choices’ the organisation is going to have to make. The leaked information reveals that doctors will be required to spend less money on drugs and refer less people to hospital. It also revealed that waiting times for operations will likely increase, and support for people will severe health needs will also take a hit.
The cutbacks so far seem to centre around the capital. They’ll specifically affect the London boroughs of Camden, Islington, Haringey, Barnet and Enfield, and the 1.44 million people who live across these five areas.
Specifically, the cuts will mean that patients will most likely consistently have to wait longer than the estimated 18 weeks for an operation, hospital units may be shut down all together, there will be a £2 million cut to the services given to people with serious medical problems and disabilities, job losses in around 10 trusts, and limits on treatments for people with back pain.
Shockingly, the document even admitted that the cutbacks will result in poorer care, and will be difficult to implement because of how controversial they’ll be.
It reads, “We recognise that these choices may be difficult for a number of reasons [because they include] … options that impact on quality of care [and] options that would be difficult to implement,”
Some of the most well-known NHS hospitals around the country will be affected by the cuts too, including the acclaimed Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and Royal Free, University College London.
But the North Central London area hospital trust is just one of 14 areas which have been instructed to make cuts. Reportedly, these areas have been chosen specifically because they’re expected to have some of the NHS’s biggest deficits.
Of the proposed cuts leaked in the official document, NHS Providers, which represents hospital trusts, has condemned the news saying that they are “neither realistic nor reasonable.”
Saffron Cordery, the organisation’s director of policy and strategy, said, “Some of the proposals could challenge fundamental expectations shared by NHS staff and the public about what the health service is there to provide. We can not do that without a full and proper debate.”