With cuts like these coming, the standard of care is bound to fall and closures will mean patients will have even further to travel for their healthcare needs in circumstances when time is often of the essence.
Talking of cuts, isn't there a whole host in the pipeline? Yes. In the coming months expect to hear plenty about the catchily named sustainability and transformation plans. There are 44 of them covering the whole of England and some are pretty radical - involving closures of A&E and maternity units and, in some cases, whole hospitals. Consultations are likely to be getting under way over the next few months and these are bound to provoke local protests.