We don't even know yet exactly which cuts are planned.
What happened to meaningful 'consultations' with people who actually need to use NHS?
The NHS has been accused of keeping the public in the dark about controversial plans to plug a £250m funding gap by rationing services.
...The NHS has been accused of keeping the public in the dark about controversial plans to plug a £250m funding gap by rationing services.....
....13 hospital trusts, which are among those expected to record some of the service’s biggest deficits, have been instructed by NHS England and NHS Improvement to “think the unthinkable” under the “capped expenditure process” (CEP) as the health service seeks to balance its books in the current financial year.
...The prospect of large cuts in the CEP has caused outrage.
NHS Providers, which represents hospital trusts, said that restricting care and closing hospital units was “neither realistic nor reasonable”.
The complaints by 38 Degrees mirror those made by the doctors’ union the British Medical Association last month.
It too was frustrated in its attempts to gain information about the CEP through FOI requests and accused NHS bosses of shrouding the process in “totally unacceptable secrecy”.
Both say the refusals contradict NHS England guidance, which says “involving people, communities and stakeholders in developing plans is the right thing to do”....