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Proposed Hertfordshire Health Cuts

Herts Valley Clinical Commission Group (HVCCG) is proposing to make £40m worth of spending cuts.
 
The cuts are wide ranging and serious and a list of the proposals are included at the bottom of this blog.  This is the latest in a series of debacles brought about but the chronic underfunding of the NHS and a failure by the government to address social care issues.
 
There is increasing concern about the competence of our elected local officials and clinical commissioning group to deal with issues that matter to real people. 
 
Why, for example, has HVCCG opted to invest in Watford Hospital rather than in a new cost effective hospital, built on a greenfield site to the East of Hemel, while Dacorum and St Albans Councils are quietly complicit in building thousands of new homes and expanding the industrial estate in East Hemel between Woodhall Farm and Leverstock Green  – the very area suggested for a new hospital?
 
Thanks to Dacorum Action Hospital Group (DAHG) residents will  have the opportunity to what the proposed cuts and can make  comments by attending one of the meetings and/or completing the survey online at www.healthierfuture.org.uk/nhsletstalk
 
The Hemel public meeting will take place on Wednesday, 9th August, 7-9pm, South Hill Centre, Cemetry Hill, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1JF.
 
If any Labour members intend to go please let us know by email. For more information or to let HVCCG know you are attending ring 01442 898884 or email enquiries.hvccg@nhs.net
 
Proposed health cuts
  • stopping providing IVF or specialist fertility treatment on the NHS
  • stopping female sterilisation and vasectomies,
  • stopping providing on prescription a list of over the counter medicines such as antihistamines, indigestion treatments (omeprazole, Ranitidine etc) medicines for travel, moisturising creams, gels and oitments,threadworm tablets, eye drops and eye oitments available over the counter for dry eyes and conjunctivitis eg chloramphenicol and acne treatments.  Lots more on the survey.
  • not operating on obese people for non-urgent surgery until they have lost weight.  Patients with a BMI over 30 will not be referred for routine surgery until they reduce their weight by 10% over 9 months or reduce their BMI to less than 30 (whichever is the greater weight loss)
  • not operating on smokers for non-urgent surgery until they have stopped smoking for 8 weeks
  • no longer providing gluten-free food on prescription for people with Coeliac disease.

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