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Community hospitals costing us £10 million

HEALTH bosses say community hospitals are costing £10 million across the district and they need to cut costs. Simon Perks, accountable officer for the clinical commissioning groups in Canterbury and Ashford, told county councillors the three hospitals in the Canterbury district – Queen Victoria, Whitstable and Tankerton and Faversham Cottage Hospital – added an extra £10 million to the budget yet outcomes were the same as in Ashford, where there are no community hospitals. He was speaking at a meeting to update councillors on plans to remove outpatient services from the hospitals and transfer them to Estuary View in Whitstable. Mr Perks said:

“It cannot be a coincidence that Canterbury spends that £10 million more and has three community hospitals and Ashford does not.”

Members of KCC health scrutiny panel said patient transport was a key issue, and that the issue had been discussed before. But Mr Perks said this time GPs were more involved. Hospital bosses want to reduce the number of sites offering apeciallst outpatient clinics to six, rather than 15, and Estuary View is the preferred site for east Kent. A final decision is due to be made by East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust.

Herne Bay Times, June 11th 2014

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