St Helens CCG Proposes Non-vital Operations Ban

An NHS commissioning group has proposed a temporary ban on non-vital operations in a bid to tackle funding problems.

St Helens CCG is proposing non-urgent referrals to hospital between October and January be stopped to "support the CCG's financial recovery". Image PA

St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in Merseyside could suspend all non-essential hospital referrals for four months during the winter.

The CCG’s lay chair, Geoffrey Appleton, said the group recognises the move "won’t be popular" but is facing a funding gap of