Scunthorpe General Hospital trust chief executive Karen Jackson quizzed on health services
The chief executive of the trust which runs Scunthorpe General Hospital has answered questions from the public about health services in the region.
Karen Jackson was the guest of Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin at his People's Panel event at The House, on Brumby Wood Lane, Scunthorpe, last night (Friday, March 1).
In the hour-long question and answer session, Mrs Jackson was quizzed on subjects such as the forthcoming move to GP-led commissioning groups for health services, financial savings which the trust is required to make and whether plans are in place to change the current maternity services in Scunthorpe.
On maternity services, she explained commissioners who buy services for the trust had produced a vision of the type of services they wish to buy, including maternity, unplanned care and stroke care.
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She said: "We are working up the options to deliver the services they want to buy. That could be a range of options.
"These options will have to be worked up properly and then, there will have to be a formal public consultation.
"Currently, we haven't even worked up the options."
Mrs Jackson said she could see "some positives and some risks" around GP-led commissioning.
And on the financial challenge facing the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, she said it was required to make savings of around £60 million over a four year period.
But she emphasised the importance of maintaining high standards of patient care.
She said: "Those two things together are the big challenges facing us - being able to deliver a safe, quality service while being faced with the financial challenge of the size we are.
"Our finances have been secure and it is nothing that the NHS or the organisation has done, it has been driven by the wider financial position nationally."