StopSTP campaigners will present a petition with hundreds of signatures to Portsmouth City Council at their full Council meeting on 13th December at 2pm.
The petition calls on Portsmouth Council to:
- publish the full Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) plus all appendices, risk register etc.
- hold a public consultation on the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Plan
- not to sign off the STP until after they have consulted the public about it
- permanently refrain from signing off if the judgment is once all info is in public domain, that this would damage local residents’ interests
You can sign the petition here, if you haven’t already.
Please support their lobby and petition to Portsmouth City Council if you want to save the NHS in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight from £577m NHS cuts – plus £192m social care cuts from Hampshire County Council, Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council and Isle of Wight Council by 2020/21 – compared to current levels of spending.
That’s £769m underfunding of the area’s NHS and social care by 2020/21.
Portsmouth City Council is on Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2BG
For more info, please email stpagony@gmail
What is the Sustainability and Transformation Plan?
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Plan is one of 44 – each covering an area of England that NHS England has defined as “footprints” – that outline how the NHS and social care in each area are to:
- obey harsh new financial controls and sanctions that will eliminate the current huge hospital and commissioner “deficits”, that are the result of government underfunding of the NHS since 2010
- redisorganise the entire NHS so it is cheaper to run and sticks within the limits of a funding shortfall of around £25.5bn by 2020/21- without any possibility of running further “deficits”
- radically increase opportunities for private and third sector companies in the NHS, by operating it as a set of public/private partnerships like PFI, but for services as well as buildings.
Secretive STP preparation behind closed doors
STPs have been drawn up secretively over the past year following strict instructions from the government’s quangos NHS England and NHS Improvement.
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight STP proposes huge cuts and changes to the area’s NHS and social care services – but it has not come to Portsmouth City Council Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel, which has the duty and responsibility to scrutinise proposals for significant NHS and social care changes.
The STP was not even on the agenda for the Portsmouth City Council Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel’s December meeting.
The next Portsmouth City Council Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel meeting is 24 Jan, but there’s no agenda yet – and by then it will be too late, since there is a 23rd December 2016 deadline for signing off 2 year STP contracts and operational plans 2017-19.
Portsmouth Health and Wellbeing Board involvement in preparing the STP
According to Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Portsmouth Health and Wellbeing Board is one of the organisations that have been working together to create the H&IOW STP.
At that meeting, Portsmouth Tory Councillor and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Public Health, Luke Stubbs, called for Healthwatch to lead a public consultation. He said that the STP is in the interests of the residents of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and that they should have an opportunity to comment and their views should be taken into account. He added that NHS England had set ‘demanding timetables’ for CCGs to draw up plans – and while they have always said that individual service changes would be consulted on, there had been no plans to consult ‘on the STP as a whole’.
However, p 44 of the H&IOW STP says that its
“financial plan represents collaborative working” between H&IOW finance officers and their “local authority peers”,
so if the residents haven’t had an opportunity to comment on the STP, whose fault is that? And p 44 also cites work with Portsmouth City Council to:
“develop a joint operating plan for health and social care”
as an example of how the H&IOW STP has improved:
“joint planning processes with our local authorities.”
The trouble with Cllr Stubbs’ call for Healthwatch to carry out a public consultation on the STP is that Healthwatch is not allowed to criticise government policy on the NHS – which the STPs are – and that in other parts of the country it has shamelessly toed the Clinical Commissioning Groups’ line on proposed significant service changes.
Portsmouth City Council needs to:
- make sure ALL the H&IOW STP documents that have been sent to NHS England are in the public domain
- listen to the public views about the STP
- say whether PCC have already signed off the STP
- refuse to sign off the STP until the PCC Health overview and scrutiny panel has thoroughly scrutinised the STP and identified whether or not it is in the health and social care interests of the public
What can you do?
- Turn up at the lobby and presentation of the Stop STP petition to Portsmouth City Council on 13th Dec – bring placards and banners!
- Write to Cllr Luke Stubbs, the PCC Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Public Health – contact details here:
- Write to your own ward Councillors – Names & contact details here
- Write to your MP and attend their surgeries to tell them what you think of the STP
Write to the local press.
For more campaigning info, please see Stop the STPS flatpack campaign materials
The Hampshire & Isle of Wight STP is downloadable here: