The city that could be cut to just ten GP clinics – the NHS this week

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By Richard Grimes

Cuts

Campaign group Pharmacy Voice has condemned plans by the government to cut funding to pharmacies by £170m. The groups say that in North Somerset this could mean that a quarter of the pharmacies in the area could close.

The clinical decisions by GPs in North East Essex could be overruled by the local CCG in an attempt to save money.

There are fears for patients as Enfield CCG has to make £17m cuts in services.

A health shake-up across Southampton could see the number of GP practices in the city slashed by more than two thirds to just 10.

Campaigns

More than a thousand people have signed a petition for Oswestry to have its own urgent care centre if Shrewsbury’s A&E unit is closed.

Dorset CCG pulled out of a series of roadshows about its plans for community services after it found out that campaigners fighting to protect services at Dorset County Hospital were planning a “picnic protest event” to coincide with the CCG’s visit.

Keep the Horton General Campaign called on residents to join them in fighting proposals they believe will be made to downgrade the maternity and children’s services at Horton General in Banbury. The local MP, Victoria Prentis, says that if the plans go ahead lives will be put at risk.

Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy has raised concerns over plans to axe the stroke ward at County Hospital in Stafford.

A Fenland county councillor urged people to campaign for Doddington Hospital so that “this valuable community asset” stays open.

Performance

The Chief Executive of East Sussex Healthcare Trust says that it has had to spend £40,000 to provide patient transport services because the private provider contracted by the CCG, Coperforma Ltd, has failed to deliver patients on time.

Southend Hospital has been put on black alert for the fourth time this year due to high levels of demand.

Nearly a quarter of patients have to wait more than four hours at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, its worst waiting time results in almost a decade.

York Teaching Hospital NHS FT has missed the target of four hour waits in A&E for 24 months in a row.

Closures

Four GP practices, serving 10,000 patients in Brighton, are set to close. The practices were run by the private company, The Practice Group, before it pulled out at the beginning of the year.

Wigan Hospital has issued a ‘stay away’ notice for all non-life threatening cases. The A&E at Chorley closed in April and now people from the area have been forced to make the 10 mile trip to Wigan. The A&E at Wigan is facing “unprecedented demand” on its services.

There is confusion over the future of A&E, maternity and paediatric services – employing 2,600 staff – at Bedford Hospital. Midweek, the Bedford and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review recommended that hospital services should be centred in Milton Keynes and the services at Bedford Hospital should either be downgraded or shut. This was is in spite of a report by PwC, commissioned by Bedford Borough Council, that said an integrated system could save the departments. However, late on Friday the review panel said they have taken legal advice and been advised that with such a significant change to the community, “to proceed with such a meeting in the immediate run-up to the EU Referendum would contravene the principles of purdah”.

 

Staff Shortages

A Shropshire GP practice faces an “uncertain future”, and one of its two surgeries could close, because it is unable to recruit GPs.

GPs could be recruited from outside the UK to make up the shortfall of 75 GPs in Lincolnshire.

Staff shortages and a lack of money are having an increasing impact on GP surgeries across Cambridgeshire.

73 nurses have been recruited by Salisbury District Hospital from the Philippines.

A shortage of nurses at Bradford Royal Infirmary means that one of the hospital’s children’s wards has had to be temporarily closed.

Privatisation

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust is to set up a new private company as a joint venture with another private company to run its Sterilisation and Disinfection Unit.

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