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Cuts and closures hit the NHS

Issue No. 1971

A picture of bed cuts, job losses and attacks on services is emerging around the country as the NHS faces a deficit of about £1.6 billion. Recent announcements include:

  • St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south London, is to slash 300 jobs and cut 100 beds to reduce its £22 million deficit. These cuts follow 100 job losses last winter.
  • Four Scottish health boards—Argyll & Clyde, Grampian, Lanarkshire and the Western Isles—have announced debts totalling more than £100 million. Health bosses are considering cuts and land sales to raise funds.
  • Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust has announced it will close 130 beds in an attempt to save £2.5 million to balance its books.

    lSingleton Hospital, Swansea, one of the largest hospitals in Wales, could be closed as the city’s two hospitals are merged as part of a cost saving scheme.

    lThe Hornsea Cottage Hospital in East Yorkshire will see its number of beds reduced from 22 to 12 and its minor injuries unit axed in order to claw back a £12 million financial deficit.

  • 150 medical secretaries at the Lister Hospital, Hertfordshire, fear for their jobs after management contracted letter writing out to India.
  • Job losses have been threatened at Lewisham Hospital in south London to help raise some £8 million in financial savings.

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John Lister, editor Health Emergency? | Dr Anna Livingstone, local GP | Jim Fagan, Tower Hamlets Healthcare Unison
Wednesday 19th October, 7pm
Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG
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Sat 8 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1971
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