Maldon doctor raises concerns about local NHS's financial health

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A doctor fears lack of funding is resulting in patients being referred for cheaper treatment options.

Dr Martin Haeger, of the Blackwater Medical Centre in Maldon, raised his concerns following the recent closure of the orthopaedic services clinic at the town's St Peter's Hospital.

He also said referral letters go through the Clinical Referral Service, which he claims often chooses the cheapest alternatives for patient treatment.

Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, which commissions services in the Maldon area, is one of the lowest funded in the country due to complicated formulas to work out how much money areas should receive.

A spokesman said they depend on the views and guidance of its members – local GPs – to commission services that target its limited resources at patients with the greatest clinical need.

The CCG has also been working with the NHS national strategy teams to "get the approach right to creating a modern, integrated well-being, health and social care service."

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5:39pm Mon 3 Feb 14

raggedrock says...

This when seen in relation to the bigger picture of the effects of the implementation of the Health and Social Care Act should be of grave concern to us all. The impact of the £20bn of cuts over 5 years is already beginning to bite. Although they are badged as efficiency savings which are not supposed to require cuts to front line services this is exactly what is happening. Nurses have dropped by 4,500 over the last 2 years and the Royal College of Nursing have reported that there is also a 20,000 shortfall in nursing staff. One in three NHS Trusts are in debt, there are 4000 fewer acute hospital beds, there has been a 70% increase in patients waiting up to 12 hours in A&E and £5.4 billion of NHS funding has been clawed back in the past three years. As a result there are increasing financial pressures on hospitals which is leading to the closures of wards, departments such as A&E and whole hospitals. And all the while this is happening over £5bn worth of contracts to run or manage clinically related services were advertised inthe first nine months since the competition regulations (Section 75) came into force in April 2013. Private companies now receive tax payers' money for providing services and as we all know the idea that private providers provide beter value is simply not borne out by the history of privatisation from rail to water.
This when seen in relation to the bigger picture of the effects of the implementation of the Health and Social Care Act should be of grave concern to us all. The impact of the £20bn of cuts over 5 years is already beginning to bite. Although they are badged as efficiency savings which are not supposed to require cuts to front line services this is exactly what is happening. Nurses have dropped by 4,500 over the last 2 years and the Royal College of Nursing have reported that there is also a 20,000 shortfall in nursing staff. One in three NHS Trusts are in debt, there are 4000 fewer acute hospital beds, there has been a 70% increase in patients waiting up to 12 hours in A&E and £5.4 billion of NHS funding has been clawed back in the past three years. As a result there are increasing financial pressures on hospitals which is leading to the closures of wards, departments such as A&E and whole hospitals. And all the while this is happening over £5bn worth of contracts to run or manage clinically related services were advertised inthe first nine months since the competition regulations (Section 75) came into force in April 2013. Private companies now receive tax payers' money for providing services and as we all know the idea that private providers provide beter value is simply not borne out by the history of privatisation from rail to water. raggedrock

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