York & North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire NHS report 'very disappointing'

Councillors have criticised a £320,000 report into the finances of the NHS in North Yorkshire as "lacking in detail".

The Clinical Services Review by consultants KPMG was designed to allow the health service in the county "achieve financial balance by 2016."

The primary care trust, which will be abolished in March, is facing a £12m deficit says its chief executive.

The debt will pass on to to five new GP-led clinical commissioning groups which will take over the trust's role.

NHS North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust chief executive Christopher Long said the report was produced by consulting healthcare workers in the county.

He said: "Rather than identifying a series of cuts, changes or challenges as we went through the process we felt it would be much easier if we identified a series of key themes that we could then start to work on in the various localities."

'Still uncertainty'

Jim Clark, who chairs the North Yorkshire County Council health scrutiny board, said he was "very disappointed" about the lack of detail in the report.

He said there was still uncertainty about the future of health services in the county.

"We came here today expecting to see a long list or a short list of cuts to engage with taking the health service forward and all we've had is more strategy.

"What I was hoping for today was some proposals that would come forward that we could start to engage with people and see the shape they wanted the health service to be in the North Yorkshire community."

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