Critical care services to leave the Isle of Wight under CCG plans

Full story in the HSJ, 31 January 2018

Critical care services are set to be moved from the Isle of Wight under new plans drawn up by the health leaders on the island.

Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group is proposing to retain 89 per cent of current acute activity at main provider Isle of Wight Trust, but patients needing high risk and complex emergency and elective surgery will be treated in Portsmouth and Southampton.

Isle of Wight Trust is currently in special measures, while the CCG is subject to legal directions from NHS England.

The health economy is at risk of racking up a £70m deficit by 2019. The island has a population of 140,000, which increases significantly in summer due to tourism.