PRESS RELEASE - 26th January 2017

 

 

Secret Plan to cut almost 8,000 NHS jobs and slash services in NW London.

 

Plans to slash NHS jobs and services have been developed in secret by NHS bureaucrats and only been uncovered thanks to a Freedom of Information request by a Brent health campaigner.

 

This revealed the NW London Delivery Plan for the STP Oct 16 labelled "strictly confidential not for wider circulation" and unseen even by some of the councils involved.

 

The plans include:

 

  • The loss of 3,658 NHS jobs in NW London next year 17/18 rising to 7,753 job losses by 20/21.

  • Almost 50,000 planned admissions and 222,370 outpatient appointments cut by 20/21. Already patient waiting times for planned operations are at record levels - these plans will only make things much, much worse.

  • The loss of 500-600 hospital beds with the closure of Charing Cross and Ealing as major acute hospitals.

  • A reduction in A&E attendances by 64,175 in the next 5 years.

More very ill patients have arrived at the remaining A&Es in NW London this year than ever before - there is NO evidence that there will not be a need for these departments and acute beds in the future. Merril Hammer, Chair of Save Our Hospitals, said: ‘These plans threaten patients' lives. We need more beds and more staff, not ongoing cuts’.

 

The cost of planning this massive cuts and closure programme is spiraling out of control with many millions pocketed by private management consultants.

 

Faced with this crazy set of damaging proposals for NW London's health services it's no wonder Dr Tracey Batten, Chief Executive of Imperial NHS Trust (and the highest paid NHS CEO in London), resigned yesterday. Dr Batten is leaving her £340k job at Imperial to return to Australia. Imperial controls 5 hospitals across NW London. As Merril Hammer also said: ‘Our campaign fears that Imperial management will spend months looking for a new CEO when they should be tackling the unprecedented A&E, bed capacity and treatment crises’.

 

 

SOURCES

 

Re Jobs

STP “Do Something” summary Appendix A, Excel spreadsheet plan for job losses of 6088 by 20 – 21:

From 48,258 now, losing 3,658 by 17/18, 5,222 by 18/19, 6,592 by 19/20 and 7,753 by 20/21.

 

Re Outpatients

STP “Do Something” summary Appendix A, Excel spreadsheet:

Cut by 222,370 by 20/21.

 

Re Elective admissions

STP “Do Something” summary Appendix A, Excel spreadsheet:

Cut by 34,437 (or possibly as much as 49,875) by 20/21.

 

Re Non-elective admissions

NW London Delivery Plan for the STP Oct 2016, p8:

Cut by 64,175 by 20/21.

 

Re Costs

STP Appendix A, Excel spreadsheet “Investment requirements” tab:

Re non-recurring revenue, costs now up to £303M on top of £845M of gross capital costs up to 20/21.