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Tories tell hospitals to cut back and not worry about waiting time targets

Hospitals told not to fill vacancies
Hospitals have been told to only fill vacancies “where essential” to save money, and been reassured they should not be fined if they miss waiting times targets. In a letter sent out yesterday by the regulator Monitor to NHS Foundation Trusts, hospitals are told that financial forecasts for 2015/16 are “simply unaffordable” and are urged to take a range of actions to bring down costs. Trusts are told to ensure safe staffing guidance is applied in a “proportionate and appropriate way” and to take account of financial impact when planning their waiting lists. Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, said the advice was “a sign of serious deterioration in NHS finances”. Mr Burnham said the suggestion that hospitals could “water down” staffing guidance “will alarm patients and the government must decide if it will overrule this advice”.
Financial Times    The Times, Page: 4   Daily Mail, Page: 2


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