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Bedfordshire & Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan Published

 

In an attempt to tackle major local concerns and on-going secrecy from the NHS, Bedford Borough Council today released the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan, which was submitted to NHS England in late October.

 

Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are being put together across the country to look at how local health and social care services will be delivered in the future. Bedford Borough’s local STP is made up of 16 organisations including local authorities, GPs, and Hospitals and is led by the Chief Executive of the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.

 

Plans were submitted to national NHS bosses last week but NHS England decided that they would not be published at this time.

 

Bedford Borough Councillors has previously called for greater transparency throughout the process and criticised the lack of input that has been included on local health and social care services. These concerns were increased with the announcement that the plans would be withheld.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson said: “I am publishing this document today, against the wishes of NHS England, because I think it is vital that local people know about the content of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

 

We cannot have continuing secrecy about these plans. I have been contacted by many people- including councillors and members of the public- deeply concerned about what these plans may be saying about our local Hospital and our NHS services.

 

As elected representatives we have been met with a worrying lack of engagement and communication from the STP. This is not just a problem for efforts to bring forward the integration of health and social care in an effective and timely way, but it is a problem for democracy.

 

This plan should be a real opportunity for the NHS, local Councils, and other partners to work together to find a sustainable solution for the future of our health and social care services. It is well known that the NHS and social care are near crisis, facing an extremely difficult financial challenge, with increasing demand on services. 

 

The STP document also highlights the deficits in the health service that will be accumulated if nothing is done.

 

We know that health and social care services are not sustainable and something has to change. As the STP process continues, I look forward to greater engagement by NHS England and its local partners with the locally elected representatives, including councillors and local MPs, to work together to ensure the right services are delivered to meet local needs.”

 

To read the full STP report click here

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