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North Yorkshire Council Leaders Meet with NHS Bosses Over £19 Million Debt

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7:37am 6th December 2012

A crisis meeting about the NHS in North Yorkshire is being held in Selby this morning.

Council leaders will be asking NHS bosses how they intend to tackle NHS North Yorkshire and York's £19 million debt.

City of York Council Leader James Alexander says politicians across the county are worried.

In the latest update from the NHS trust at the end of last month the Chief Executive of NHS North Yorkshire and York, Christopher Long, said:

“The leaders of NHS organisations across North Yorkshire and York have jointly commissioned management consultants KPMG to help us develop a long term strategy to return the health economy to a stable financial footing."

“That strategy is currently in development and some details of early stage discussions have recently been made public. I met with NHS leaders from across the county Thursday 30 November 2012 and we agreed to clarify a few points in response to concerns that have been raised locally."

“As part of this long term strategy, we are not planning to close any district general hospitals and we will not be proposing to move to a single maternity and paediatric unit for North Yorkshire. Importantly, there will be a continued provision of A&E and maternity services in Scarborough.

“We will be looking to change how we use our community hospitals and how we use community health services most effectively - helping patients remain in their own homes and reducing the need for hospital admissions. This strategy will, over time, enable a reduction in the number of beds within our acute hospitals in line with demand and will therefore improve the environment and the quality of care for our most acutely ill patients.”

Mr Long added: “We are now refining the shortlisted options with NHS leaders across the county. Our intention is to publish and discuss the shortlist of options at NHS North Yorkshire and York’s Board on 22 January 2013. We are not planning to make any further statements until then.

“I want to be very clear that should any of the suggestions require significant service change then the organisations involved are committed to formally engage and consult with patients, the public and all relevant partners.”

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