The leader of the council in William Hague’s constituency, a former Conservative, has warned that health cuts in North Yorkshire may result in “an NHS-free zone”, devastating healthcare provision across the county,
Cllr John Blackie, who both leads the council and sits as deputy on the county council’s health scrutiny committee, said that as a result of NHS cuts:
“We are now facing a nightmare scenario. If we are not careful, in North Yorkshire we might end up as an NHS-free zone.”
Cuts in the area have made headlines before, as Hague joined a local anti-cuts protest back in May – despite having publicly supported the government’s Health & Social Care Bill into law. The coalition are requiring the health service to make £4.5bn of “efficiency” savings by 2015, a situation which isn’t helping the local trust deal with a £24m deficit whilst trying to deliver services.
Was this what David Cameron meant when he told the Tory Party conference “this is the party of the NHS” on Wednesday?