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Government accused of letting down York District Hospital


12:01am 6th October 2011

Government funding cuts at York District Hospital are being discussed.

The local Labour group's accusing the Government of a u-turn.

It say Mr Cameron committed to funding increases, but then ordered cutbacks.

£14 million needs to be saved at York Hospital over the next 3 years.

Labour officials have told Minster FM:

"York District Hospital is being forced to cut up to £14m over the next three years which is over 5% of its funding, at the same time as the Government plans to implement an expensive £2bn top-down reorganisation of the NHS through its Health and Social Care Bill.

"This shows once again that you can't trust the Tories with the NHS, nor indeed the Lib Dems if they allow this Bill to be passed in its present form".

Labour fears that the NHS reorganisation, which it claims will fragment and break up the NHS, will be costly and ultimately impact on health service delivery locally. 

The Health and Social Care Bill's removal of the duty on the Secretary of State for Health to provide a National Health Service has also raised fears of privatisation through the back door.

"We are keen to see years of investment in local public health services protected, rather than reversed", says Labour Deputy Council Leader and Health portfolio holder, Coun. Tracey Simpson-Laing.

"None of this was in either party's manifesto and for good reason, they knew it would be publicly damaging.  I have no doubt these proposals, if agreed, will impact negatively on health services in York".

The council meets on Thursday evening (October 6th 2011) at the Guildhall, at 6.40pm, to discuss the motion.

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