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There's controversy after NHS chiefs in North Yorkshire faced with having to make savings of £200 million pounds over just four years - revealed they'd spent almost a third of a million of taxpayers' money on paying private business consultants - to tell them where to make the cuts.
Minor injuries units in community hospitals could be facing the axe - and there are question marks about just where in the county emergency surgery will be available in future. Critics are now warning patients in the county could face a postcode lottery for treatment if the cuts are pushed through.
Jon Hill reports.
The MP for Thirsk and Malton, Anne McIntosh, has expressed her concern for cuts to health funding in North Yorkshire.
Patients in North Yorkshire face a "huge danger that the postcode lottery will expand," the county's new Director of Public Health has warned.Dr Lincoln Sargeant issued the warning as local GPs' groups prepare to inherit a debt of £15m from the NHS.
Family doctors are to take over the running of much of the health service in North Yorkshire on April 1.
But there are fears that health care will fragment in the county and the population of 800,000 will receive different standards of service because of cuts - and the abolition of a single NHS body to oversee treatment and care.
Two directors of the organisation which runs the NHS in North Yorkshire have described a report which has cost taxpayers £320,000 as "disappointing."
NHS North Yorkshire and local health trusts paid private business consultants KPMG to draw up plans to make multi-million pound savings in the county's health service.
But the report published today, reveals few specific details about where and when the savings will be made. Campaigners fear the county will be left with a second class health service, if large-scale cutsare made.
NHS organisations in North Yorkshire facing debts of millions of pounds, have revealed they have paid private consultants KPMG up to £320,000 to draw up a list of cuts to be made to the local healthservice to try and balance the books.
The number of minor injury units in North Yorkshire could be cut as part of a multi-million pound savings drive says local NHS report just released.NHS North Yorkshire is facing a £15m overspend by April and is expected to have to make cuts of £200m by 2015.