NHS Glasgow and Clyde facing tens of millions worth of cuts
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A bombshell board paper has revealed huge cuts to come to NHS in Glasgow and the west of Scotland.
Official papers from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde reveal the health board has to make nearly £90million worth of savings in the next financial year.
The documents also show that even if those cuts are made, the board still faces a £29million funding gap.
A separate document, entitled ‘Moving Forward Together’ casts doubt over the future of local services in the area, was also approved by the health board.
This means that the framework for changes to the way services are delivered to patients has been agreed and those changes will now be planned in detail.
Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Anas Sarwar said: “This paper reveals the extent of the cut to come to our NHS in Glasgow, and just shows that the SNP government in Edinburgh is not delivering the support our hospitals need.
“Jeane Freeman has an overflowing to-do list as the new Health Secretary, but ensuring proper funding and staffing for our health service is essential.
“There needs to be a commitment made now that any potential changes to services are have to be consulted upon, as per statutory guidelines.
“The NHS is our most treasured public service – it deserves better support than this.”
NHS Glasgow and Clyde had already been in the headlines this month, as the region’s directors warned of a chronic lack of GPs who could cover night-shifts in out of hours centres.
This meant patients were being referred en masse to accident and emergency wards.
The Scottish Government has said that out-of-hours care decisions were operational ones for NHS Greater Glasgow to make.
A spokesperson said: ”However, we have sought assurances that the out-of-hours service is working at safe levels and the board will be asked for a clear plan from Glasgow on how to resolve the issue,”.
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