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CCG faces deficit of £29m


The Bedforshire CCG: there is no way it will go in surplus: 1. ancient mental health service: previously the building in which the MH pts are kept is so poor and at times its in basement. Crisis team discharges patients who are suicidal back into community. 2. waiting times for most services in secondary care has rocketed: waiting times to dermatology, rheumatology, for hip replacement, knee replacement is very poor. 3. the CCG is made up are making up as they go. When they try to do something useful the secondary care causes restrictions which doesnt allow any change to happen. 4. waiting time in A&E is high. demand in A&E is high. Population of Bedford is balloonin but the BCCG came up with a plan to close the A&E! its only after marches arrnged by local residents there was a U turn. 5. In the name of ' better care for patients ' the only vision is how to save money at any cost. 6. alot of my hospital colleagues fear for their jobs: many consultants avoid joining Bedford Hospital as future is uncertain. 7. the BCCG was set to fail: despite what my politically influenced GPs says since the start of Bedfordsire CCG we knew it will fail to deliver the savings asked for. 8. Primary care are already under intense pressures, most of my colleagues have extra clinics, extra apointments in end of morning and afternoon clinics to meet the demand. the extra work isnt funded. 9. OOH is so stretched that at weekends one doctor who is visiting may have 8-12 patients and hence waiting times of 3-4hrs. OOH unlike the way it was 5 yrs ago is so busy that shifts used to go unbooked and they resorted to advertising OOH as a salaried job (selling point: no paper work, no hospital letters to go through, no pathology results to see). I am not sure if anyone has taken this but this isnt what GPs are suppose to be doing. 10. musculoskeletal services and community dermatology services are privatised. 11. the PCT employees are all working at CCG in different roles. the disolution of PCTs and creatio of CCGs was huge waste of money. the politicians : conservatives and lib-dem are responsible for this. NOT the local GPs. 12. We need to find a way to take Andrew Lansley and J Hunt to court for significant wastage of public resources without ANY evidence to justify creation of CCGs. the dismantling of PCTs had started while the consultation was going on! 13. Currently services are being dismantled without any thoughts given to 'patient care' its all to do with balancing the books. 14. I am glad I refused to take any acive role in the Bedfordshire CCG 2years ago as my gut instincts where we were being setted up to fail and deliver the impossible. 15. Those GPs in BCCG needs to be honest and 'reflect' on what has happened in last 2 years and say the truth. the above explanation from Paul Hassan isn't adequate. How can he suggest savings can be made when the mental health service, Bedford hospital and primary care needs more investment to bring them up to standards rather than find more 'savings' from this areas. Like other articles in Pulse the truth is NHS lacks significant investments, demands are very high and unless someone has the courage to discuss some sort of payments from patients NHS isnt going to survive and die slow painful death over years and will put patients at risk (if its not already happening!!!)

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23 Dec 2014

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