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last week but NHS England decided that they would not be published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
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