Huddersfield NHS services could face year-on-year cuts totalling millions while local health bosses fight to keep their jobs.
And while the CCG may have to slash its £328m budget for next year by a further £6.5m, the amount may be ‘significantly’ more.
A major concern is the in-debt Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust (CHFT), which runs Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital.
With other acute health providers the hospitals trust is likely to drain the CCG’s contingency fund, leaving no cash in case of emergencies.
Under a tight new government ‘reset’ plan, CCG bosses are directly accountable for the organisation’s financial budget.
And they can be sanctioned – and potentially sacked – if their organisation overspends.
Local health campaigner and Holmfirth resident, Terry Hallworth, said Huddersfield’s NHS services would suffer while local health managers fought to keep their jobs.
He said: “This is now becoming not a matter of providing a safe health service, but a matter of keeping their well-paid jobs.
“This is not the end with the CHFT forecasting a £9.5m per annum deficit even after borrowing £480m.
“Something has to give and it will be hospital closures, bed closures and staff cut along with poorer GP and community service cuts.”
Greater Huddersfield CCG said it was ‘in the process’ of deciding where the cuts would take place.
A spokesperson from Greater Huddersfield CCG said: “Like public services across the country, the NHS remains under significant financial pressure.
“A growing and aging population, increasing numbers of people living with long-term conditions, and demand for new drugs and treatments all contribute to the overall challenge we face.
“Every year the CCG must make efficiency savings so that it can ensure local healthcare needs are met. This year the CCG needs to find savings of around £6.5m and we anticipate that further savings will be required next year.
“The CCG is in the process of identifying opportunities for further savings and will be considering these in detail over the coming months as part of its planning process.
“Any decisions we take will be in line with our agreed priorities, clinically-led and evidence-based, and designed to deliver high-quality healthcare for our population while at the same time reducing costs.
“Patients, local people, GPs and other clinicians will continue to be involved closely in our decision making, to ensure that services remains sustainable and meet needs.”