South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw NHS facing £571 million shortfall

Health Chiefs in South Yorkshire say that NHS services are facing a £571 million shortfall in the next four years if they do not change the way they operate.

The Sustainability and Transformation Plan, which covers Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, outlines various priorities, and states that “doing nothing is not an option.”

Much needed changes include an increase in clinical staff, shortening waiting times for various services and caring for people in the community where possible, as opposed to in hospital.

The report also says that the money spent on health and social care also needs to work differently. Currently £3.9 billion is invested for the 1.5 million population of South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw.