Many, many thanks to all of you who have written to councillors to request the Sustainability and Transformation Plans and appendices be published on the Council websites.
Resistance to publishing the financial, activity and workforce appendices to the plans is widespread, and even an FOI has been rejected.
The shift away from NHS accountability to the public is obvious. People need to know. Let’s organise a get together in a public place for an hour and give out leaflets to passers by on the , from 10am. This will be a few days before signing of the 2 year contracts happening on 23 December.
Choose a place, maybe a hospital threatened with closure, maybe in the town, invite some friends, make some #stoptheSTP placards, print a few leaflets and that’s it. Ideas and downloadable pictures are available on the website https://www.stopthestps.org.uk and digest of the plans follows below.
See facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1016971921782232/
There is no need to underfund the NHS, it is a political choice. We are the 6th richest country in the world, yet we already have fewer hospital beds per 1000 population than all the EU counties bar one!
Share the message.
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Digest of STPs for the back of a leaflet:-
- Imposition of “new care models” based on American private health care systems,
- Creation of public-private partnerships via US style Accountable Care Organisations for community/primary care, also involving Hospital Trusts in some areas.
- Big changes to governance and commissioning (that will cost a lot of money spent on spent on consultancy companies)
- Workforce upheaval including introduction of new low skilled grades of staff including big charities and unregistered staff and retraining existing staff to carry out new roles,
- Restriction and withdrawal of services/treatments, mainly elective services and drugs/ specialised foods/drinks
- 7 day working – with no attempt made to address all the unresolved issues about this
- Patients’ self care – to cut £1m costs (West Yorks STP)
- Behaviour change programmes for obesity, smoking, alcohol abuse and diabetes prevention (that ignore the social, economic and environmental determinants of these health problems)
- Lots of digitech
- Reconfiguration of acute hospital services – ie A&E mostly only vaguely referred to but: a cut to the number of hyperacute hospitals and referred to as centralisation.
Chrissy P had never done anything like a rally before, but gave it her best and created a huge success.
Thanks for all you do.
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