WORKFORCE: Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust has drawn up plans to save money by axing posts in its intermediate care and community services, and altering its paediatric dentistry provision

On 28 February, the PCT’s board was asked to agree the package, which is expected to save a total of £176,000 by 2012-13.

The board was told that cutting a currently vacant part-time speech and language therapist post would save £18,000 a year. Meanwhile a further £38,000 would be gained by not renewing a fixed-term senior community matron post, set to expire in July 2011.

The proposals said the change was likely to lead to increased waiting times for referrals, and more chronic disease “exacerbations” being dealt with in hospitals, rather than in the community.

In contrast, shifting paediatric dental activity from acute hospitals to the trust’s Community Dental Service would save £120,000 by 2012-13. Currently the service for children without special needs is provided by the Eastman Dental Hospital at a cost of £870,000 per year.

The trust hopes that developing a specialist paediatric dental service could lead to better services for patients.