UK Govt’s secret plans to further cut local health services exposed

25 July 2016 — 38 Degrees

Health Minister Jeremy Hunt has a secret plan to force through changes to local NHS services to cut costs. The changes – called “sustainability and transformation plans” – are being kept secret. [1] But they could mean cuts to hospital beds, local walk-in centres or family planning services near you.

First drafts of the plans have already been drawn up across England. [2] Because they’re secret, it’s hard to say exactly which services near you are at risk. But the plans for one area have been leaked and show the scale of the threat – they include axing 500 hospital beds and some emergency ambulances. [3] No wonder Jeremy Hunt doesn’t want us to see them!

The best way to stop these cuts is to get them out in the open and demand the public has a say. So please can you sign the petition now, demanding that Jeremy Hunt publishes his plans for local NHS cuts? It only takes 30 seconds to add your name:

We have the best health service in the world, but it’s at breaking point after years of squeezed budgets and dodgy sell-off schemes. Now Jeremy Hunt wants to squeeze local services further, behind closed doors, without the public having a say.

Some doctors and nurses are already speaking out. [4] But if we’re going to stop these cuts, the NHS needs all of us. People like you, your children, your grandparents, your neighbours.
 

It’s people power that can sound the alarm – and a huge, people powered petition is a great place to start.

We all need the NHS at the best and the worst times of our lives – the maternity ward, the operating theatre, the doctor’s surgery. There’d be nothing wrong with drawing up plans to change your local NHS if they were focused on making it better for patients – but that’s not going to happen if they’re drawn up in secret and focused on Jeremy Hunt’s cost-cutting agenda.

William, please sign the petition to reveal the plans and let us all have our say on them:

Thanks for being involved,

Amy, Trish, Laura, Danny and the 38 Degrees team

PS: Together, we can expose these plans and force Jeremy Hunt to agree to let the public have our say. Then we can get involved in our millions to demand local NHS services are improved, not starved of cash. If enough of us get involved, we can turn this threat into an opportunity to speak up for the NHS we want to see in the future.

The first step is by adding your name to the petition now: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/sign-now-stp

NOTES:
[1] “Sustainability and Transformation plans” actually mean “emergency plans” drawn up by local NHS doctors and nurses.
They’re being forced to draw up plans to cut costs. The people drawing up these plans have been told to consult with patients but because of the time frame they’ve been given, most simply can’t.
Huffington Post: Another Major NHS Reorganisation Could Be About to Take Place Behind Closed Doors:
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/justin-madders/nhs-reform-reorganisation_b_9991164.html
NHS England: Sustainability and Transformation Plan footprints:
https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/stp-footprints-march-2016.pdf
Open Democracy: NHS managers are being forced to lie to the public:
https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/carol-ackroyd/nhs-managers-are-being-forced-to-lie-to-public
[2] The NHS doctors and nurses who have been tasked with drawing up the “Sustainability and Transformation plans” in each part of England worked to a deadline of 30th June to submit their plans to NHS chiefs and Jeremy Hunt.
Once the emergency plans have been given the green light, cuts could be start to be made within a few months.
National Health Executive: Final June STP deadline watered down to ‘work in progress’:
http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Health-Care-News/final-june-stp-deadline-watered-down-to-work-in-progress
[3] Get West London: ‘Dangerous’ plans to axe 500 west London hospital beds slammed by council:
http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/dangerous-plans-axe-500-west-11359024
[4] GP Online: Grassroots GPs ‘ignored’ as NHS regions draw up STP reform plans:
http://www.gponline.com/grassroots-gps-ignored-nhs-regions-draw-stp-reform-plans/article/1396702


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