County Council sends stark message to NHS over proposed cuts

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

NORTH Yorkshire County Council has sent a stark warning to the NHS, saying any cuts to services will be “totally unacceptable”.

In a meeting at County Hall in Northallerton today (Wednesday, December 19), councillors of all political persuasions spoke passionately about the anger they felt over the threatened cuts to services, including the downgrading of children and maternity services at the Friarage and the reduction of minor injuries provision at hospitals across the county.

Members then voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion that involved sending a statement to the NHS North Yorkshire and York, to make it clear the council would not condone any cuts.

Councillor Jim Clark told the meeting: “This motion isn’t just saying what people want to hear. This is a message that must go out to the PCT that must go out before it closes.”

Councillors then lined up to give damming criticism of the PCT for allowing a deficit to snowball to a level that is expected to reach £60m by March.

Several councillors said the health body had behaved without accountability.

Councillor Clare Wood said: “The PCT and NHS have no comprehension of what democracy really means. I recently attended two very important health meetings and they turned up to neither.”

The Government recently announced that when the new clinical commissioning groups take over from primary care trusts, which will be mothballed in April, any reserves or deficit will be handed on to the new group.

Coun Jim Clark said: “We essentially have a bankrupt PCT; bankrupt in money, bankrupt in ideas, bankrupt in leadership. It’s just good it’s going in 100 days time. It’s not served this county well.”

In a statement reissued after the meeting by NHS North Yorkshire and York, chief executive Christopher Long, said they had commissioned management consultants to develop a long term stragegy that would return its financial state to a “stable financial footing”.

The health body also refuted any claims it had failed to engage, saying for months it had been holding in-depth discussions with partners which included senior representatives of the county council.

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6:11pm Wed 19 Dec 12

MST1975 says...

I know it's not just secondary care they are talking about, but isn't the Friarage ran by South Tees Trust and not North Yorkshire and York?
I know it's not just secondary care they are talking about, but isn't the Friarage ran by South Tees Trust and not North Yorkshire and York? MST1975
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6:51pm Wed 19 Dec 12

stevegg says...

If a female is offended by such actions why is she in the police, do they not suffer verbal abuse on an almost daily basis??? As a firearms officer she obviously was a bad choice mentally to be in that role. Another slice of taxpayers money in someones pocket because they want to jump on the compensation bandwagon, claims like this were virtually non existent a couple of decades ago which were dealt with by disciplinary measures alone. Everyone is a victim nowadays including offenders.
If a female is offended by such actions why is she in the police, do they not suffer verbal abuse on an almost daily basis??? As a firearms officer she obviously was a bad choice mentally to be in that role. Another slice of taxpayers money in someones pocket because they want to jump on the compensation bandwagon, claims like this were virtually non existent a couple of decades ago which were dealt with by disciplinary measures alone. Everyone is a victim nowadays including offenders. stevegg
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