Axe to fall on NHS services, causing deep cuts and grazes

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MORE than £22 million worth of cuts are set to be made to the NHS budget in Milton Keynes, it was announced this week.

This year is set to be the biggest and most radical reorganisation since the the health service was launched back in 1948, with the savings all due to be made in one financial year.

The proposed cuts include:

> 11 fewer knee replacements – saving £240,000

> One fewer hip replacement – saving £163,000

> 31 fewer dilation and curettage procedures – saving £25,000

> 66 fewer spinal surgeries – saving £190,953

> 10 fewer haemorrhoid removals – saving £38,000

> Three fewer hysterectomies – saving £7,236

> 85 fewer therapeutic arthroscopy of the knee (keyhole surgery) – saving £237,699

> Three fewer treatments for patients with gallstones without cholecystitis – saving £4,020

> 73 fewer cataract surgeries – saving £54,396

> 5,000 fewer referrals through the increased use of a wider range of appropriate alternatives to hospital referrals – saving £725,000

> Roadshows for the eye department to reduce number of patients – saving £47,000

> Method of prescriptions to be changed – saving £200,000

> HIV drugs – saving £150,000

> Review of maternity service to reduce number of admissions during pregnancy – saving of £1.45 million

> Reduce number of child admissions – saving £750,000

> Efficiencies in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service – saving £245,000

> Efficiencies made to unplanned care system – saving £4.4 million

> Reduction of number of people taken to hospital by ambulance – saving £8,000

> Improved procurement of incontinence supplies – saving £50,000

> Removal of one psychologist post – saving £60,000

> Efficiencies in stroke care – saving £263,000

> Around 28 people per day who attend A&E redirected to GP or pharmacy for illness – saving £300,000

> Change of provider of drugs and alcohol abuse services – saving £500,000

> Efficiencies in learning disabilities out-of-area placements – saving £400,000

Consultation has begun on the proposed cutbacks, with a series of meetings taking place throughout February. The public has also been asked to send in suggestions of where cuts could be made.

The next consultation meeting will take place at Olney Town Council on Monday, February 7 from 7.30pm.

> For more information on the cuts, visit www.miltonkeynes.nhs.uk