Restricting NHS treatments on cards for Calderdale

The Chief Officer’s Report to the 11 August Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Governing Body meeting – to be held at Shay Stadium from 2-5pm – states that the CCG is short of money this year, and that the CCG may have to consider:

“more challenging areas for generating cost savings”


  • reducing outpatient follow ups to a single follow up appointment to an elective treatment
stopping prescribing medicines for self-limiting illnesses, vitamins, food supplements and gluten-free diets
  • cherry picking patients for medical and surgical treatments, so that only those who are most likely to benefit receive them. (Update 13 August: At the 11 August Calderdale CCG Governing Body, Matt Walsh the Chief Officer clarified that limiting medical and surgical interventions to patients most likely to benefit would only apply to “procedures of limited value”, where only certain patients will benefit – not across the board.)

This is what happens when you remove the Secretary of State’s duty to provide a comprehensive, universal health service – as the 2012 Health and Social Care Act did; and then drastically underfund the NHS – as the Coalition and Tory governments have done since 2010.

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Hot topics at NHS chiefs’ 11th June public meeting: ongoing NHS shake-up saga, A&E woes & risks to Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service

Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body is meeting tomorrow, June 11 at 2pm, Function Room 2, Shay Stadium, Shaw Hill, Halifax. It’s open to the public, so if you’re free why not come along.

They put the agenda and papers online late, so this report is also late.

Key issues for this Governing Body meeting include:

The ongoing Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS shake-up saga

  • What is to happen to Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary?
  • What is happening to the new care in the community scheme, aka Care Closer to Home?
  • What is happening with the new “Vanguard” scheme?

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What’s the rush? Calderdale NHS commissioners go ahead with Strategic Review “Engagement” despite not agreeing the Engagement Plan

Members of the public were puzzled and cross after attending the April 14th Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body meeting, where it seemed that the NHS commissioners had lost the plot over the Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield Strategic Review of the future of the NHS and social care.

Members of the public, including two Calderdale Councillors, attended the meeting to hear answers to questions they had sent to the Governing Body, and to find out about the Commissioners’ Strategic Review Engagement Plan. Continue reading