Trust to begin its reshuffle

Pinderfields Hospital general view
Pinderfields Hospital general view

HEALTH bosses will consult patients over a reshuffle of services at cash-strapped Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust.

Bosses at the trust have drawn up a timetable for the review which will see public engagement events help in September.

The review was launched as the trust attempts to slash £60m from its budget over the next two years.

But after a £3m overspend despite the trust having to save £5.6m so far this year, MPs have called on the government to ease pressure on Mid Yorkshire to make savings.

Latest figures also show patients waiting up to nine hours in struggling Pinderfields A&E and targets missed for treating patients within 18 weeks.

Ed Balls, the Morley and Outwood MP, said: “As local MPs we’ve been arguing that these rushed attempts at reform go too far and too fast, and will damage NHS services. These shocking figures show that is already happening and local patient care is suffering.”

Normanton MP Yvette Cooper said it was unfair that people were waiting too long for treatment. She said: “My fear is patient care will get worse not better with the cuts plans.”

A formal public consultation over proposed service changes will start in November, according to papers presented at the trust board meeting last Thursday. Meetings with GPs would be held this month.

The trust said a shortlist of viable options would be developed through discussions with hospital staff, GPs, community clinicians and key stakeholders.

The timetable was released as new research showed Wakefield’s Primary Care Trust would see its budget slashed by £15m because changes to funding formulas.

A report for the Parliamentary Health Select Committee said more affluent areas like Chelsea, Surrey and Hertfordshire would see their budgets rise.

Wakefeld MP Mary Creagh said: “This year Wakefield will be hit by a £15 million cut to its work in tackling smoking, teenage pregnancy and childhood obesity which are big challenges for us.”