Engagement into the future continuation/dis-continuation of the Shuttle Bus service
The CCG introduced the “Shuttle Bus” service between The Friarage Hospital, Northallerton and James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough in November 2014 as a pilot to support users of those services affected by the reconfigured maternity and paediatric services.
The CCG has to save £7.7million in 2016/17 in order to deliver a balanced financial position which it is statutorily required to do. We therefore have to make some really difficult decisions as to where best to spend your money this year. We have to prioritise core health services and those which we are required to commission by law, above those which may be considered supplementary to core healthcare provision.
The current contract for the Shuttle Bus is valued at approximately £90,000 per year. To put this amount into context the £90,000 equates to the following when compared to some other areas of NHS expenditure:
- 15 hip replacements (c£6,000 each)
- 15 knee replacements (c£6,000 each)
- 90 cataract operations (c£1,000 each)
In order to gather the views of all passengers of the service, the CCG carried out a period of public engagement.
Please note that this period of public engagement included an online questionnaire which closed on Tuesday 17 May 2016.
The results of the engagement were discussed at a Governing Body meeting with the decision to end funding of the service being made.