Friday, March 24, 2017

£55 million to be cut from NHS in Redbridge

We are alerted, by Andy Walker, of a new NHS consultation by Redbridge CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) entitled “Spending NHS money wisely”, or to be more precise spending less money (£55million less) by not doing some of the things they do at the moment.

The eight week period of engagement is asking the public for their views on proposals to protect essential local NHS services by stopping funding for purely cosmetic procedures (such as tummy tucks and boob jobs), no longer prescribing some ‘over the counter’ medicines and gluten-free products, and reducing the number of IVF cycles funded.

Oh and by the way, says Dr Sarah Heyes, clinical director of Redbridge CCG, “ … we have to make savings locally of £55 million, …”

The surgical knife will be applied to the following:
  • In-vitro fertilisation (IVF)
  • Male and female sterilisation
  • NHS prescribing – including gluten-free food prescriptions, over the counter prescribing, soya-based formula milk and travel vaccinations
  • Cosmetic procedures
  • Weight loss surgery.
The full press release is here, the consultation is here, and below is the manifesto commitment of our present government made in 2015:
"FOR THE BEST START IN LIFE we will continue to increase spending on the NHS, provide 7-day a week access to your GP and deliver a truly 7-day NHS – so you know you will always have access to a free and high quality health service when you need it most."
And here is a picture of the commitment made by the Brexit campaign last year:

And here is a picture of flying pigs …


  1. What hasn't been said is that for sure, they are going to restrict cataract and hip replacement surgery. You will get it, if you are prepared to hobble around half blind for months on end in your 60s or 70s. They want us to continue working well past retirement age, and I'm ok with that, but only if I can get to where I am supposed to be and then able to see what I am doing. I can only hope our local GPs will protest volubly against cutting back on this essential, and not very expensive, surgery which means so much to so many people.

  2. I agree with the previous comment that I hope the GPs will be very vocal in protesting against the cut backs for cataract or hip and knee replacement surgery as many people could have to suffer a lot of pain unecessary.