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NHS North Yorkshire Accused of Ignoring Council Leaders Over Debt

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6:27pm 11th December 2012

The NHS in North Yorkshire is accused of standing up local council leaders who wanted a meeting over the trust's debt.

NHS North Yorkshire and York has a £19 million debt and council leaders asked trust bosses to meet them to discuss it.

But the county council says the health trust failed to show up to a meeting in York.

“This was a most disappointing response to our desire to seek meaningful engagement with the NHS over these issues,” said County Councillor John Weighell, the Leader of North Yorkshire County Council and Chairman of Local Government North Yorkshire and York.

“The PCT is in an extremely serious financial state, with many of its most highly valued services under review and in some cases threatened with closure.

“It is essential that the elected representatives of the people who use those services should have an input into the decision-making process.  The failure of the PCT to attend our meeting does not give us confidence that the issues will be addressed in the way in which they deserve.”

He added: “However, the PCT ceases to exist as part of the reforms of the NHS next April, and we are now hopeful that a more meaningful and positive relationship can be established with the Clinical Commissioning Groups, which will then be responsible for health care provision."

NHS North Yorkshire and York Chairman Kevin McAleese is denying the county council's claims:


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