It's disappointing to hear that the Henderson unit, an 'excellent' 24-bed ward based at the Julian Hospital, will be forced to shut down due to lack of funds.
This unit is providing a great service for patients and preventing unnecessary expenditure at the same time. Closing it makes absolutely no sense whichever way you look at it.
Financially it’s a total false economy for our local NHS as a whole and our County’s Adult Social Care System. Unless the N&N managers have a very cunning plan they’re not sharing with us, the consequence of this closure is going to be more people staying for longer in the most expensive part of our NHS - the acute hospital. At best, this proposal will heap yet more pressure on an Adult Social Care system already being cut to shreds by central government cuts to local councils.
As ever, the tendrils of this can be traced back to Downing Street. It’s this government which is squeezing the life out of our NHS by demanding huge so-called savings at the same time as demand for services is soaring. While at the same time showering their party’s supporters with a multi-billion pound tax giveaway.
The consequence here is the closure of wards like this as highly paid ‘turnaround’ directors fire-fight local hospital deficits. Taking the axe to as much as they can get away with, as quickly as possible.