Hospital services in nearly two-thirds of England could be cut or scaled back, BBC analysis of local plans shows.
The BBC analysis found:
- Plans to reduce the number of hospital sites in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland from three to two
- In the Black Country a £700m funding gap means one hospital may have to be closed
- Maternity and children’s services being “centralised” on to one site in Lincolnshire
- A warning in West Yorkshire and Harrogate that having five hyper-acute stroke services may “no longer be viable”
- The downgrading of two out of three A&Es in Mid and South Essex, with only one retaining specialist emergency care
- In South West London, proposals to reduce the number of major hospitals from five to four
- Plans in Nottinghamshire to significantly downsize City Hospital and reduce the number of beds across Nottingham by 200
- In Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, consideration being given to centralising specialised orthopaedic trauma services at two local hospitals
Overall, a third of the 44 plans look to reduce the number of hospitals providing emergency care, while in another third of areas they have said they will consider moving non-emergency care to fewer sites.
Read the full analysis here