NHS cash crisis in Kent halts non-urgent surgery – until April. Some might be urgent by then!

The CCG has introduced what the Royal College of Surgeons says is the longest ban in health service history on patients undergoing surgery to relieve pain, immobility, disability and other problems [Image: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images].

So clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are strapped for cash. Meanwhile, didn’t the Tory government give an NHS contract worth £515 million to a private company? Yes, that did happen.

An NHS body has run so short of money that it has banned patients in its area from having non-urgent surgery for up to 102 days in an unprecedented move that doctors have condemned as unfair and damaging.

Around 1,700 patients will be affected by West Kent clinical commissioning group’s (CCG) attempt to save £3.2m by delaying non-urgent operations from 20 December last year until the new financial year starts in April.

The CCG has introduced what the Royal College of Surgeons says is the longest ban in health service history on patients undergoing surgery to relieve pain, immobility, disability and other problems. The 1,700 patients include those waiting to have a new hip or knee fitted.

Source: NHS cash crisis in Kent halts non-urgent surgery until April | Society | The Guardian

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4 thoughts on “NHS cash crisis in Kent halts non-urgent surgery – until April. Some might be urgent by then!

  1. Dez

    Unfortunately this will only encourage surgeons to move more ops into their private portfolios while they wait for NHS catch up……leading nearer the Cons privatisation final solution which they still adamantly deny is their end game….. bunch of liars all of them

  2. Rupert Mitchell (@rupert_rrl)

    Why worry! If you are rich you can always jump the queue! Health should never be a matter of profit over care and is one of the most important reasons for getting rid of this disastrously selfish greedy government which is more concerned with feathering its mates’ nests than attending to its electorate’s health.

  3. Barry Davies

    Well there are areas that have effectively banned treatments permanently by refusing to “commission” them in the first place, or have chosen to fund them in other area’s rather than their own meaning long round trips for patients, the whole CCG idea is just a part of the privatisation actions of the last few governments.

  4. Mervyn Hyde (@mjh0421)

    Nothing that is happening today has just happened by accident it is all going neatly to the privatisation plan.

    I have stated many times that we have conducted a survey of all the hospitals closed in Gloucestershire over a 20 year and more period, It’s called shrinking the state and is the reason for so called bed blocking, which is really down to reducing bed capacities in hospitals, with it the numbers of staff that worked in those hospitals.

    Reducing the NHS to bite size chunks ready for the parasitical private sector (American) to take over.

    There is absolutely no need for the shrinking of our NHS, except to enable it to be privatised, along with underfunding, the tool that has been used to privatise all our public services.

    We can afford our NHS and public services, all that is standing in our way is right wing politicians hell bent dismantling the state.

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