Hospitals in Gloucestershire, UK have postponed their plans to close up to 200 hospital beds because of budget cuts, after a scrutiny committee decided that more consultation was needed.

Due to reductions in public sector spending for the foreseeable future, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust planned to save between £27m ($40m) and £30m ($44.9m) in 2010–11.

The bed closure plan was due to start at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital from 1 April, followed by closures at Cheltenham General Hospital.

The plans have, however, now been suspended and put before the county council’s health overview and scrutiny committee after protests from local councillors

Councillors said that there had been no public consultation on the plans and called for the trust to suspend cuts immediately.