Have the residents of Huntingdonshire been told the truth about the future of Hinchingbrooke Hospital? – we at Hands off Hinchingbrooke don’t think so and this is why
Throughout the so called consultation process; both the Outline and Full Business Case for Hinchingbrooke Hospital being acquired by Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Trust it has been constantly maintained that Hinchingbrooke Hospital would be preserved as a District General Hospital.
We maintain that Hinchingbrooke Hospital will become an elective surgery hub for ‘low complexity’ orthopaedic surgery, with trauma cases going to Addenbrookes or Peterborough City Hospital. We forecast that emergency and elective ENT surgery will eventually also go to one of the other county hospitals. We believe that these changes will eventually obviate the need for medical staff to work ‘Out of Hours’ at Hinchingbrooke Hospital
We absolutely accept that the STP does not directly state that A&E will become an Urgent Care Centre, however in reality this is what we believe will happen relatively quickly. Once a hospital loses its A&E Department the loss of other specialities tend to follow.
So once again are we Scaremongering? Our campaign group do not believe we are. The financial aspects of the STP have not been released despite requests. This details where the axe will fall on service provision in the county between health and social care. Their has been no public consultation on the footprint of the STP but the facts remain:-
The Cambridgeshire Commissioning Group (CCG) have a reported deficit of £504m which they must save by 2020. This equates to £125m for each year – effectively 11% of its budget.
Why no public engagement on where these savage savings are to fall? Hinchingbrooke Board are aware of the savings to be made. Indeed a number of Boards Members were actively engaged in assisting to produce the STP, so why are they not telling you – the people of Huntingdonshire?
We believe the reasons for their concealment is because they don’t want you to know. So we issue this challenge to the CCG and Hinchingbrooke Hospital Board. Prove us wrong by issuing the full Financial and Estates impact of the STP to the public in layman terms.
Then the public will judge