Revealed: Secret £250m bonfire of NHS services that will hit young, old and infirm

Coventry’s hospital faces being put under extra pressure with A&E, maternity and children’s care all set to be shut in Nuneaton and moved under secret planned cuts to the NHS, the Telegraph today reveals.

Sources have leaked details of planned health care changes to the Telegraph ahead of the official release of the Coventry and Warwickshire ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plan’ on Tuesday.

Confidential talks have been taking place for months over the plan which will outline how the region aims to counter a £267million funding deficit by 2020.

The Telegraph can exclusively reveal the headline changes, which include:

  • Closing the Accident and Emergency department at George Eliot Hospital as well as moving maternity and children’s care to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW).
  • Bosses also want more people to have babies at home, there will be restrictions on overweight people and smokers getting non-emergency surgery and increasing the time between hip replacements.
  • Cancer care is also in line to be reviewed.
  • Stroke care at Warwick Hospital and George Eliot is also set to be moved to Coventry.

With some changes due to come in from July 2017, concerns have been raised by those involved in the private consultation over how the cuts will be managed.

Full story in The Coventry Telegraph 1 December 2016