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Ashworth is promising:
a review of Sustainability and Transformation Plans
in the interests of patient care
a new regulator – NHS Excellence – to lead that review
the involvement of the public in the review
Labour MUST up its NHS policy game NOW because at the moment what it's offering is not enough to save the NHS from the demolition track that decades of governments of all hues have fixed it on.
If nothing changes - that track is due to fall off a big cliff in 2020/1.
A funeral hearse is driving the NHS down that track. A hearse with the license plate
Campaigners and the public, please keep up the pressure. Because if it wasn't for all the #stopSTPs campaigning, nothing would have changed in the slightest.
Labour health spokesperson John Ashworth's recent NHS speech to Labour supporters in Batley, West Yorkshire caused quite a stir.
In Yorkshire’s most marginal Labour-held constituency, he needed to produce a fanfare speech.
His proposal to pause the Sustainability and Transformation Plans in order to review them is welcome - but a bit wishy washy, when you consider it carefully.
The Huddersfield Examiner reported Ashworth as saying:
The ONLY way to save the NHS is to first enact the NHS (Reinstatement) Bill and second restore adequate funding levels for both NHS and Social care. We believe the public is ready for this .
NHS Campaigners are fully behind it. So are the Green Party & the National Health Action party
“We will have a moratorium on the STPs. My first job as Secretary of State will be to review every single STP proposal looking at what’s in the interest of quality of patient care. We’ll ask a new body – NHS Excellence – to lead that review. Labour supports the principle of redesigning health and care services to deliver greater integration of care and to spend money more efficiently."
He also went on to tell reporters:
“The principle of redesigning services is not necessarily a bad principle. The NHS cannot stay the same forever, populations change, technology changes and we all, I think, broadly agree now, that it is better to treat people in the community, in their homes.
We are not setting ourselves against the principle of re-designing services, we are just setting ourselves against the principle of not involving the public and not involving clinicians.
The promise we are making is to halt the proposals now and to review them properly and to involve the public. There will be examples across the country where people think it is reasonable to do what is proposed.”
To which we say:
We all know that the STPs are about cutting at least £22bn from NHS and social care funding by 2020/1, compared to current levels. And the December 2016 Parliamentary Labour Party STP briefing is very clear about that too.
How can these huge cuts be squared with “quality of patient care?”
What is this new regulator – NHS Excellence - and what will it do? We need another quango?
What confidence can we have that public involvement would mean that these rotten proposals would be stopped and reversed - as distinct from paused, reviewed and then carried out?
And what is this all about?
Labour supports the principle of redesigning health and care services to deliver greater integration of care and to spend money more efficiently”?
This is pure Sustainability and Transformation Plans jargon.
Why is Mr Ashworth repeating this?
Oh hang on - he wants to make it clear:
We know from our own experience how little notice Clinical Commissioning Groups take of the public and clinicians.
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“There will be examples across the country where people think it is reasonable to do what is proposed.”
Mr Ashworth’s bum must be getting sore...
Labour need to come clean. All politicians need to come clean about where they stand on the NHS.
The public deserve better. The only way we’ll get our just deserts is by demanding them.
Loudly and implacably.
There has been some movement and Labour wouldn't have taken this step if it hadn't been for all the Stop the STPs campaigns.
STP Agony Aunt reckons if we keep shouting “Not enough”, it will put more pressure for them to up their game.
Let’s push them all the way to enacting the NHS (Reinstatement) Bill and restoring adequate funding levels for both NHS and social care