Primary Care Trusts cut costs by not treating patients

Dozens of badly needed procedures are being delayed or denied to thousands of patients across the country, as Primary Care Trusts (PCT) attempt to reduce or reign in spending between now and the start of their new fiscal year in April.

People will suffer in otherwise unnecessary pain as the NHS trusts attempt to pull themselves from financial ruin by ruining the health of those for whom they are assigned to care.  Stating a need to have funds in order to deal with the UK ageing crisis, PCTs are looking for ways to cut about £20 billion by 2014.  The only way to attain this is to delay or cancel procedures for those in need.

Many of the decisions about cuts were made during meetings held within the past two months, which means that the full impact of cost-saving measures are yet to be felt, however, we have some examples to consider, like NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent, where waiting time for all non-urgent operations, which can include things like cataract surgery, and knee and hip surgery, will be extended from three weeks to a full four months.

Warwickshire is suspending all shoulder, hip, and knee surgeries until April, while Warrington has delayed all IVF procedures until July.

Patients in Wiltshire must wait four months for routine surgeries, even as GPs are asked to delay referrals for non-urgent operations for at least two months.

It is worried that the elderly will suffer most in the course of this crisis and those who need the care the most will be turned away or delayed for protracted periods of time.  Already, people are complaining to the Patients Association that surgeries have been cancelled without explanation or rescheduling.

For years, it has been a complaint that NHS managers were overpaid, now it has come to a crunch and it is the patients who get squeezed instead of the bureaucrats, complains one insider.