CUTS by “stealth” have cost Britain’s hard-pressed acute hospital services at least £2 billion, according to research published yesterday.
And unions warned that hospitals face “financial doom” as budgets continue to be slashed.
The warning came after Unison and the TUC commissioned research into NHS funding by anti-cuts group False Economy.
The group investigated the fixed tariffs paid to hospitals for different medical procedures by NHS England.
It found that cuts to tariffs have ranged from 10 per cent to more than 50 per cent since the Con-Dems took power in 2010.
False Economy examined the tariffs for nearly 700 treatments.
One in six procedures — including treatments for kidney stones, asthma, blood poisoning, glaucoma, tuberculosis and sickle cell anaemia — had their tariffs slashed by over 50 per cent.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “These stealth cuts may have been largely hidden from the public eye, but the effects are grave.”