Campaigners against the proposed £99 million efficiency savings at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, which has already resulted in ward closures and will see the loss of 300 acute beds in the Trust are this week turning their attention to the impact of the cutbacks on the community in the East Riding of Yorkshire Council area.
Patrick Smith, Co Chair of the Campaign Group Save Our Local NHS Hull and East Yorkshire is calling on Council bosses to reveal whether or not a full risk assessment of the effect of the cuts has been undertaken in the East Riding.
“The East Riding has an above average number of elderly residents compared to other parts of the UK and we are very concerned that cuts to hospital services, with no parallel investment in community based health provision will put patients at a raised level of risk. At a time when demands on the NHS are rising, not falling can Council chiefs assure the community that axing of beds at HEY will not have a negative impact on our local residents?”
The Group has tabled a question to East Riding Council Leader Stephen Parnaby regarding the impact of the NHS cuts and are encouraging local people to lobby council members from 1245 before the full Council Meeting on Wednesday, which takes place at 2pm.
“It is vital that our locally elected representatives are fully aware of the depth of feeling in the community regarding the flagrant disregard for patient safety that central Government cuts are imposing on HEY’s ability to deliver services, and the pressure put upon local Councils to pick up the pieces”,concluded Mr. Smith.