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NORTHAMPTON COUNCILLORS BACK HEALTH BOSS IN CUTS ROW

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Northampton borough councillors have pledged support for the chief executive of the town's general hospital who say...
Northampton borough councillors have pledged support for the chief executive of the town's general hospital who says more cuts cannot be made at the hospital, reports BBC Northampton.

Northamptonshire Health Authority has asked Dr Ken Lloyd to make cuts equivalent to £2 million, be he says it cannot be done without closing wards.

Councillors discussed a letter from Dr Lloyd, outlining his opposition to the cuts. Council Leader John Dickie said the council supported him.

Mr Dickie commented: 'We take it very seriously when a senior health executive like Ken Lloyd, who is chief executive of Northampton General Hospital Trust, writes to us in such strong terms saying he is raising the profile of the problem simply because he feels he has very little room for maneouvre.

'I do believe that people like Ken Lloyd are not shroud-wavers and I do believe the conclusion they've reached - that the reduction of funding in a situation of increasing demand can only be addressed by reducing the quantity of services below that which they feel is necessary'.
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