London Hospitals Plan Cuts of Up to £450million

London hospitals have claimed today that they are planning at cuts of up to £450 million in a move that will put services and hundreds of jobs under menace.

New figures have shown that five trusts in the capital have made “efficiency savings’ of £150million, but the number could treble, when all 35 London trusts have exposed their policies.

Campaigners said that the extent of the cuts showed that the coalition Government was weakening in the protection of the NHS. The papers published for the first time from the boards of London hospitals showed that Chief Executives had drawn up rough savings procedures.

The figures are supported by forecasts for the next year from five trusts in the capital, together with South London Healthcare NHS trust, North West London Hospitals, Barking Havering and Redbridge, Epsom and St Helier and Camden and Islington Foundation Trust.

After the previous Government had called on all NHS trusts to make efficiency savings in research for a broad £20billion diminution in NHS by 2014, then this decision was made.

But London Health Emergency called on the alliance to invalidate the Labor plan, as well as idolizing its oath to ring fence NHS funding.

"The Government claim that the NHS is being protected from the cuts is exposed today as a total pack of lies”, Geoff Martin, Chairman of pressure group London Health Emergency, said.