Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT) has revealed the Government has imposed a further £600,000 cut in its budget for the current financial year. Despite angry protests after an £11m cut earlier this year, the PCT is having its budget docked again, to help plug financial problems in other parts of the NHS. Lib Dem councillors are outraged that poor financial planning will hit local health services again.

The Lib Dems are pointing out that not only does the loss of the money jeopardise the PCT’s ability to deliver care in the short-term, it also hampers the Trust’s ability to plan for the future. Lib Dem councillors are asking the Council to write to Patricia Hewitt, the Secretary of State for Health, to ask her to review the decision.

Lib Dem Health and Social Services spokesperson Councillor Richard Wilson comments:

“I am very angry – this year we have already seen sexual health services cut and a reduction in the number of beds for older patients. Now our local health service is being asked to fork out even more money, which is bound to have an impact on the services it can deliver in the future. This further budget cut may well result in the Trust ending the year over-budget, when it would otherwise have been financially stable.

“Haringey councillors need to work together to protect health services for local people. We have drafted a letter to the Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt asking her to reconsider this latest cut, and we intend to ask Labour councillors to sign it too.”