Today Monday, Camden Council put the “full” draft version of the North Central London Sustainability and Transformation Plan on its website, despite NHS England telling Clinical Commissioning Groups that they shouldn’t publish the STPs until NHS England has seen them and made them fit for public consumption.
Let’s let our Council leaders know we want our area’s plans published too. Members of councils up and down the country have recognised there has been a lack of political oversight and minimal public and patient engagement. It is in the Council leader’s power to change that right now so let’s request they do just that.
Find your Council here…
Follow the links to find the Council Leader. Here’s a sample e-mail or letter…please read and fill in your own details…which are on this e-mail, scroll down.
Dear Councillor XXXX
As you know, last Friday the Sustainability and Transformation Plan for our area was sent to NHS England.
But NHS England has told Clinical Commissioning Groups not to publish the Plans today or tomorrow, as they’d intended. Instead they are to wait until an unspecified date after NHS England has commented on the Plan.
I would like to ask you as Leader of XXXX Council to publish the Sustainability and Transformation Plan for our area/ “footprint”on the XXXX Council website tomorrow, the ?? th October.
It is in the public interest to know what is in these Plans now, and not wait until NHS England sees fit to allow them to be published.
Birmingham Council published the Birmingham and Solihul Sustainability and Transformation Plan on Monday, and the leader of Camden Council, Councillor Sarah Haward, has today published North and Central London’s STP saying that she has “serious reservations” about the STP, because there had been “no political oversight, and minimal public and patient engagement” in the process, and
“there is a lack of appropriate focus on adult social care.”
She is reported in the Health Service Journal as saying,
“That lack of public, patient and political involvement is why I am publishing this document on our website. It is vital that there is full transparency in Camden as this work progresses.
Islington Council leader Richard Watts said,
“These are not transformation plans – they are not going to put prevention at the heart of health service.
“They feel much more like a way of making short term budgetary savings rather than any meaningful way of transforming services.”
I know from trying to follow the process of the development of the XXXX Sustainability and Transformation Plan since last December, that it too has been prepared with a serious lack of public, patient and political involvement. And that the financial controls imposed by NHS England via the Sustainability and Transformation Fund are so tight that they require unattainable levels of “efficiency” savings – as well as forcing Clinical Commissioning Groups to cease to provide a comprehensive health service and to question their ability to meet their statutory requirements and to worry about the trade off between meeting the STP financial reset requirements and the quality of health services they will be able to commission. [Please amend as you see fit for your STP]
For these reasons, I am asking you to follow the good example of the Camden Council Leader and publish the XXXX Sustainability and Transformation Plan on the ????????????? Council website, tomorrow.
Find your ‘Footprint’ here
Here is the index for the map – STP number/ Footprint name
1 Northumberland, Tyne and Wear
2 West, North and East Cumbria
3 Durham, Darlington, Tees, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby
4 Lancashire and South Cumbria
5 West Yorkshire
6 Coast, Humber and Vale
7 Greater Manchester
8 Cheshire and Merseyside
9 South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw
11 Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin
15 Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
16 The Black Country
17 Birmingham and Solihull
18 Coventry and Warwickshire
19 Herefordshire and Worcestershire
21 Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
22 Norfolk and Waveney
23 Suffolk and North East Essex
24 Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Luton
25 Hertfordshire and West Essex
26 Mid and South Essex
27 North West London
28 North Central London
29 North East London
30 South East London
31 South West London
32 Kent and Medway
33 Sussex and East Surrey
34 Frimley Health
35 Surrey Heartland
36 Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
39 Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
40 Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire
42 Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
44 Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West
The contracts have to be signed on 23rd December 2016, THEN, there will be consultation! It seems a very odd way to consult, when the contracts have been signed…what will there be in them? Who is going to bother changing them as a result of consultation recommendations and what a shocking waste of money to do so? Can anyone else smell anything fishy there?
Thanks for everything you do, let’s reverse the trend, no US style health system here.