Plans have been put forward to cut hospital services in two-thirds of England, a BBC analysis shows. The proposals have been made by local NHS bosses as part of a national programme to transform the health service and save money. They include everything from full closures of hospitals to cutting some specialist services such as accident and emergency and stroke care. Ministers argue patients will receive better care in the community. Alongside cuts to hospital care, the proposals also set out visions for better care outside of hospitals, including: Bringing community services such as GP, council-run care and district nursing together into “super” hubs Getting GPs working together in federations to improve access in evenings and weekends Asking hospital specialists to work in community clinics to bring expert care closer to people’s homes But a review of the plans by the King’s Fund think tank warned they were not always credible because there were not enough services outside of
Source: Hospital cuts planned in most of England | DisabledGo News and Blog
Nobody should believe for a single moment that a Conservative Government will pay any attention to the advice of the experts – especially when the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) is doing precisely what it was meant to do – clearing sick and disabled people off the benefit books with no regard for their future health.
That being said, the analysis of the WCA provided by the British Psychological Society, the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the British Psychoanalytic Council, the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies and the UK Council for Psychotherapy in a joint response to the Government’s consultation, ‘Improving Lives’, is very useful information.
So here it is:
We urge the Government to reform its approach and the assessment process. We also strongly recommend that this be
Source: Psychologists demand reform of ‘fundamentally flawed’ sickness benefit assessment system | Vox Political
NHS finances are almost at breaking point. Since 2010, the unprecedented slowdown in funding growth and rising demand have made it increasingly difficult for the health service to live within its means. In the past, some hospitals have received extra financial support from the Department of Health when they have overspent, but the latest NHS planning guidance signals a shift from this approach by asking providers to balance their budgets by the end of 2016/17.
But what does this mean for people who access health services, and how can they examine the effect of financial pressures on their local health system?
Health care systems around the world have to take decisions about which services and treatments to provide and for whom. These decisions – sometimes referred to as ‘rationing’ – are taken at many levels: by national bodies; by local commissioners and providers; and by clinicians. While some decisions are explicit (agreed in law or policy) others are less easily identified as they are based on individual judgements.
Commissioners, providers and clinicians base their decisions on a range of factors
Source: Six ways in which NHS financial pressures can affect patient care | The King’s Fund