MPs warned of NHS losses9th November 2006
NHS chief executive David Nicholson has warned MPs that services in their constituencies may close.
Mr Nicholson has written to all MPs warning there may be a wave of emotions in their wards in response to health service closures or changes.
He advised MPs contact their local NHS organisations for more details of how health services were changing in their areas, which could include hospital and department closures and reconfigurations.
Mr Nicholson has said the NHS is developing a new model of care with local clinics and specialist centres taking over services traditionally provided by district hospitals. These treatment centres would mean reducing the number of acute hospital beds.
Accident and emergency departments may be among those affected as services are reorganised into regional trauma centres and minor injuries treatment provided by local walk-in clinics.
The letter has been criticised by opposition MPs.
The Department of Health is set to publish maps which show 77 hot spot areas across England where a change in NHS services has provoked local media attention, or is likely to do so this year.
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Thursday 9th November 2006 @ 14:49
I work in a hospital in hertfordshire that is very likely to close soon, however there are no specialist clinics or services set up to take over the care, how can the government justify these closures? Surely peoples lives will be at some considerable risk.
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