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Wednesday, 31 August 2005 11:56
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Debt hit trust cancels operations
An NHS trust is cancelling all non-urgent surgery at a hospital and closing the waiting list at another as it bids to reduce its predicted deficit of £68m, The Daily Telegraph has reported.

Cutbacks by the Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust will see 92 operating sessions cut to 50 and overall hospital treatment cut by 25 per cent, with the measures expected to be in place for the next seven months.

Thousands of patients will have to travel to neighbouring towns for medical treatment.

The trust has also frozen recruitment, with senior nurses expected to return to “front line” duties to pick up the slack. Around 55,000 follow-up appointments have been transferred to GP surgeries.

The trust, which was “zero rated” in this year’s hospital league tables, expects to save around £17m.

Tony Gordon-Wright, medical director of the trust, said: “Our first commitment continues to be to those patients who are seriously ill who need emergency treatment promptly.

“This would include patients with cancer, a life- or limb-threatening condition or one which might leave them seriously disabled.

“However, we are facing a serious financial situation which needs to be addressed.”


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