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NHS cuts seriously affecting all areas of healthcare

Published on 20/10/2011

With the Government needing to make £20bn of savings in England’s NHS over the next four years, it is the patients without health insurance who are suffering from the cuts. Here is a summary of the worst affected areas of the NHS.

The Patients Association has revealed that patients in severe pain are being denied access to drugs that will stop their suffering. Katherine Murphy, the association’s chief executive, admitted that five patients had complained over the space of a few weeks after being refused expensive pain medication from their GPs.

NHS Trusts across the country are also feeling the pinch, with hospitals facing ward and bed closures. Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals trust in Berkshire is considering closing services at Heatherwood Hospital to reduce its debt. Stafford Hospital is considering closing its A&E unit at night and at the weekends.

Nursing posts are also being shrunk, with some hospital trusts deciding to cut up to 300 nursing positions over the next few years. A recent survey by the Royal College of Nursing found that one in 20 nurses expect to be made redundant over the next 12 months.

The Department of Health has recently scrapped Birth to Five, its guide given to around 700,000 new parents a year to help them bring up their child. The guide is now online only, meaning it may be inaccessible for poorer families without internet access. Printing of Reduce the Risk, a guide to help parents avoid cot death, has also been suspended.

Many NHS walk-in centres across the country have closed in the last year. NHS walk-in centres were designed to ease the pressure on GPs and A&E units, but it is no longer financially possible to continue running some of them. Manchester has already lost several walk-in clinics, and two Nottinghamshire centres closed last month.

Other areas which have been affected by the cuts are alcohol treatment centres and programmes, obesity programmes, and the funding of No Smoking Day.

Patients with private medical insurance will avoid the implications of the NHS cuts, and continue to be treated in a private hospital of their choice, at a time of their choice. Compare private health insurance policies online now to gain peace of mind about your future healthcare.

© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2011

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