Public consultation into Lincolnshire health services delayed again until the autumn

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A bid to overhaul the county’s health services and go out to public consultation has been put back to the autumn.

It was hoped the Lincolnshire Health and Care review would go to consultation early this year, but it will not happen until the autumn.

Grantham Councillor Ray Wootten said: “Whilst it is disappointing that the Lincolnshire Health and Care programme has once again been delayed, it is welcoming that trusts are going to focus on deficit reduction, ensuring taxpayers’ money is spent wisely and that bureaucracy is reduced.”

A new Sustaianability and Transformation Plan covering the next five years has been launched which aims to restore and maintain a financial balance among health trusts.

Allan Kitt, chief officer from South West Lincolnshire CCG, on behalf of LHAC, said: “The entire health community in Lincolnshire has been focused on devising and delivering a wholesale review and reconfiguration of health services in Lincolnshire and it is the intention to ensure any changes are the subject of widespread public consultation.

“In the New Year all health systems across the UK were asked for detailed plans and proposals for transforming their health care system and closing the significant funding gaps that exist – in the case of Lincolnshire this amounts to upwards of £100m a year.

“The LHAC programme has already made considerable progress in creating a proposal but more work is needed to consider areas that were not included in the original review in order to meet the requirements of this new report.

“That has meant a delay and public consultation is now likely to be conducted in the Autumn.

“Obviously any delay is disappointing but it is vital have a robust and sustainable plan for the future and that continues to be our priority.”