Please take part in a rally this Friday 21st October 12 noon -1.00pm outside the West Yorkshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan Office / Clinical Commissioning Group office in Wakefield (White Rose House, West Parade, Wakefield WF1 1LT ) to protest against the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Sustainability and Transformation Plan – the biggest cuts and sell off of the NHS that you’ve never heard of.
The Plan is due to be sent off to NHS England on Friday 21st October and will take effect on 23rd December – the deadline for signing NHS contracts for the next two years, on the basis of a harsh Sustainability and Financial Transformation Plan “financial reset” to the NHS, that requires increased NHS privatisation as well as massive cuts to services and available treatments.
It means the end of a comprehensive universal NHS that is free at the point of use and based on people’s clinical needs – not their ability to pay.
Sustainability and Transformation Plans have been imposed on 44 “footprints” across England by Simon Stevens and Matthew Swindells – two senior figures in NHS England (the quango that oversees the purchase of health services for the NHS) who previously worked for two global American health companies – United Health and Cerner.
Under their instructions, the Sustainability and Transformation Plans are “transforming” the NHS into a copy of the profiteering, costly, wasteful and ineffective American commercial health insurance system, that serves corporate interests not the public interest.
The Health Select Committee has exposed Jeremy Hunt’s falsehood about the “extra” NHS £10bn in the Sustainability and Transformation fund – it’s more like around half that sum. Nowhere near enough to continue running a comprehensive, safe,quality health service that is free at the point of need and based on patients’ clinical need.
This is why we are protesting at Wakefield CCG, where the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Sustainability and Transformation Plan has been prepared secretively by the commercial consultancy company Attain, at a cost to the NHS of £378k for 6 months work.
The Plan is due to be sent off to NHS England on Friday.
Members of the public and Save the NHS campaigners will hand in a letter of protest to the West Yorkshire and Harrogate STP Leader, Rob Webster.
We hope you will join us at the protest. The idea is to get this STP word out. This is important as most of the population have no idea. And that’s no accident.
This plan has been prepared in such secrecy that there’s not even been a meeting of the 11 NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups that are nominally responsible for preparing and carrying out the STP, to approve the West Yorkshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan before it is sent off to NHS England.
If you want to stop the rapid destruction of our NHS, please come to the rally this Friday 21st October 12.00-1.00 outside the West Yorks STP Office / CCG offices in Wakefield (White Rose House, West Parade, Wakefield WF1 1LT ), find out what’s happening and show your outright opposition to the WY STP.