Plans to axe £267m from the local NHS budget by 2020 were today slammed as “opaque,” “incomprehensible” and “secretive” as health bosses put forward their jargon-filled 62-page report.
The corporate-style terminology masks possible cuts that could result in the shifting of services from Nuneaton to Coventry, including the feared closure of George Eliot hospital’s casualty department.
Critics today hit out at the detail in the so-called Coventry and Warwickshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), which was officially released today after being leaked last week.
The plans confirm a review of the “sustainability” of under-pressure emergency care at George Eliot Hospital (GEH) and University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW), while also highlighting the need for capital to “right size” the A&E department in Coventry due to “GEH and UHCW collaboration activity”.
There’s no specific details about exactly what this means – and the report has left many struggling to dissect its contents.
Full story in The Coventry Telegraph, 6 December 2016