The Cuts

NOW UPDATED – (May 2019) 
More services change across SYB (South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw) 

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SERVICES ARE CLOSING in Barnsley, Bassetlaw and Rotherham – with people travelling further for diagnosis and care  

HOSPITALS ARE EXPANDING in Doncaster, Sheffield and Wakefield – to take transferred patients from closed services, and they will no doubt become overcrowded

We struggle to keep you up to date on all these cuts as most information is not public.

Please tell us about any CUTS you know of if they are not on this list!

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SERVICES CLOSED & CLOSURES (OR EXPANSIONS) DECIDED:

Barnsley: 
  • Mount Vernon (community) Hospital – CLOSED Dec. 2017
  • Keresforth Centre (young disabled service) – CLOSED Summer 2018
  • NHS acupuncture for back pain – CLOSED during 2017
  • Emergency Out of Hours Eye Clinic – CLOSED Dec. 2018
  • Emergency Stroke Service – TO CLOSE 1st October 2019
  • Non-specialist Children’s Surgery and Anaesthesia – TO CLOSE – date unknown
Bassetlaw:
  • Operating theatres – UNUSED – standing idle
  • Children’s ward – CLOSED OVERNIGHT Jan.2017
  • Out of hours GP – UNAVAILABLE service in some areas
Doncaster:
  • Emergency Out of Hours Eye Clinic – EXPANDED for more SYB patients Nov.2018
  • Emergency Stroke Service – EXPANSION for more SYB patients from 1st July 2019
  • Non-specialist Children’s Surgery and Anaesthesia – EXPANSION date unknown
Rotherham:
  • Emergency Out of Hours Eye Clinic – CLOSED Nov. 2018
  • Emergency Stroke Service – TO CLOSE 1st July 2019
  • Non-specialist Children’s Surgery and Anaesthesia – TO CLOSE – date unknown
Sheffield:
  • Minor Injury & Walk in Centres – CLOSURE OVERTURNED BY LOCAL CAMPAIGN
  • Emergency Out of Hours Eye Clinic – EXPANDED for more SYB patients Nov.2018
  • Emergency Stroke Service – EXPANSION for more SYB patients from 1st July 2019
  • Non-specialist Children’s Surgery and Anaesthesia – EXPANSION date unknown

System-wide Service Changes:download

The South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw Integrated System(SYBICS) has many plans that will mean services are no longer locally available to everyone in the area:

Most of these changes started in 2016 when the NHS gave a group of hospitals across South Yorkshire, Mid Yorkshire and Derbyshire money to look at redesigning services.  This was called the Working Together Acute Care Hospital Vanguard.  They looked at planning changes to hospital services across the 8 acute hospitals in Wakefield, South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and Chesterfield.

This work is now being carried out by the SYBICS and, years later, hospital services have closed with more to close this year.

Which organisation  actually proposed the changes and proved the need for them is not clear (whether the Working Together Acute Care Hospital Vanguard or the SYBICS) .  But it seems the SYBICS is paying for them and the whole process appears to have been led by management consultants, who transferred from one organisation to the other.

These ‘Directors’ have no statutory duty to inform or involve patients, carers and the public.

But – should they not be accountable for the public money they are responsible for and also accountable for the actions taken by the SYBICS, that they lead, and that affect the availability of our public health services?

They tell us they abide by the Nolan Principles – (selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, objectivity and leadership), and the SYBICS has as it’s motto ‘Honest and Clear‘.

Details of some of the discussions and decisions about these service changes are on the Documents page  of this website – at least those made available to the public, and they include:

  • the closures in the Emergency (Hyper Acute) Stroke services
  • the closures in the Non-specialist Children’s Surgery & Anaesthesia
  • 15 Workstreams (committees) are planning more service areas to be changed
  • a Hospital Services Sustainability review and report – of five services (urgent & emergency, maternity, acutely unwell children, stroke and gastroenterology)

The Hospital Service Report was AGREED (in 2018) – it is now a ‘Hospital Service Programme’ (2018/19) and suggests more closures are likely!

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