Health Campaigners “Confused” by Council Chief’s Response to Cuts.

Health Campaigners declared East Riding Council Leader Stephen Parnaby’s response to questions about the £99 million cuts at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, “unclear and confusing”. 

Cllr. Parnaby was asked a question from the public gallery at yesterday’s Full Council meeting as to whether the Council had undertaken a full risk assessment regarding the impact of the loss of 300 acute beds on East Riding residents. 

The Council leader replied that the Council, “no jurisdiction over NHS provision”, and therefore a risk assessment was, “not appropriate”. But then Cllr Parnaby went on to explain the role of the Health Scrutiny Committee in monitoring NHS services. 

We need clarity but above all we need leadership from the Council on this issue which will have a massive impact on local residents. The axing of beds raises a whole heap of questions regarding the provision of care outside of hospital when there has been not one penny of extra cash to provide extra support in the community”, said Co Chair of Save Our NHS Hull and East Yorkshire Patrick Smith. 

Mr. Smith is concerned that vulnerable people may fall through the net. “With the loss of 300 beds what happens if a GP feels that a patient is at risk of developing complications if not treated in hospital? If the patient lives in Council funded care who is responsible? These urgent questions must be addressed.

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