STP Agony Aunt writes:
Far from the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) marking the government’s shift away from NHS marketisation and privatisation – as some are mistakenly claiming – the opposite is true!
The Sustainability and Transformation funding that the government announced in its 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review comes with the condition that it is used to increase opportunities for the private sector in the NHS.
This was made clear in NHS England’s initial STP Planning Guidance in December 2015, which said that the independent sector should play a key role in helping individual footprints to meet the stated requirements for STPs and in ensuring the plans are effectively delivered.
You will not find this mentioned in any STPs. Nor will Clinical Commissioning Groups acknowledge it, if Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group’s Chief Officer is anything to go by. Questioned at the Calderdale Health and Wellbeing Board’s 25th August meeting…
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