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Tottenham MP David Lammy slams secret cuts plan for North Central London NHS

Tottenham MP David Lammy has slammed a secret cuts plan for North Central London NHS uncovered by The Guardian which could huge cuts for NHS services in Haringey. According to the internal NHS document, doctors across five London boroughs, including Haringey, will have to cut spending on drugs, increase waiting times for operations, reduce the number of patients referred to hospital and cut the support available for people with serious, long-term healthcare problems and disabilities.  

The 31 page internal NHS document leaked to The Guardian outlines the choices they believe need to be made to plug the £183.1m budget gap across the 10 NHS trusts in North Central London, spanning the five boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Haringey, Enfield and Islington.

Clinicians and NHS staff have expressed deep concern, with the Royal College of Surgeons calling the changes "devastating" to healthcare provision.

David Lammy is calling for an immediate halt to the implementation of these plans until a full consultation can take place and residents' views can be heard.

David Lammy said: “It is frankly outrageous that my constituents have found out about these planned cuts via a leaked document in the media. These cuts will have a huge impact on the quality of care available to people in the London Borough of Haringey and the access that people will have to the NHS. Cuts on this scale and of this nature will fundamentally threaten what it is that we expect understand our National Health Service to be if my constituents are unable to access treatment. I am dismayed that these plans have been drawn up in secret and will be taking this up with the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt as a matter of urgency”.

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