Radio Jackie News banner

107.8 Radio Jackie - Bulletins aired each hour

 London Mayoral Election title

Monday, 14 November 2016

Full letter written by BMA council chair to MPs


NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) – the five year plans that 44 ‘footprint areas’ across England have been tasked with forming to transform services and deal with NHS deficits – have recently come in to the media spotlight, and for good reason, their impact on local NHS and care services could be huge.

The BMA has been tracking their progress and development since their announcement. They have now submitted the detail of their plans to NHS England. The impact of these plans will be significant; positive, or negative. Unfortunately, and we believe, detrimentally, these plans have not been made public and have throughout their formation had scant levels of public or professional consultation.

The plans do potentially offer an opportunity for organisations across the health and social care system to work together and develop health policies suited to local needs. For them to be successful it is crucial that there is sufficient public awareness, that they are drawn up in an open and transparent way, and that they have the support and involvement of clinicians, patients and the public from the outset. Unfortunately, we simply do not have confidence that this is happening.

I am writing to ask you, as a constituency MP, whether you are aware of the impact of these proposed changes on services in your local area. As STPs are not a statutory process, there is currently no duty placed upon them to consult with stakeholders. A consequence of this is that there has been little to no engagement with clinical staff locally. A change on this scale needs to have proper clinical and legal accountability. From what information is available, we know that some plans cut hospital beds, close A&E departments, and restructure maternity services.

As we have seen in the debate over NHS funding in recent weeks, many existing services are already at risk of financial collapse and we are becoming increasingly concerned that the primary focus of STPs is not on delivering the best possible patient care, but in cutting back budgets and, therefore, services. These plans commit local areas to make further savings based on a worrying lack of evidence. We are concerned that any potential opportunities within the plans will be overshadowed by the fact that they are an inadequate response to the real crisis – the long-term underfunding of patient care.

The BMA believes that meaningful input from clinicians, patients and the public, is essential. We are therefore calling for all plans to be made public as soon as possible. As a constituency MP we would welcome any information or concerns you have about the proposals in your area and encourage you to call on the government to publish these plans in full immediately.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Porter, BMA council chair
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:01 am  

Top of Radio Jackie News page here.

RJ Home button

One of many reasons why we are so useful to South West London... our very own news team bringing you stories that are relevant to you and your area.
If you have a press release or would like to send in news then pop off an e-mail to [email protected]

radio Jackie News Twitter
Follow Jackie News at

Listen to Jackie's latest News and Travel
Radio Jackie Latest News  Radio Jackie Latest Travel
News Team - - Local news 24 hours a day

news reader
Lucy Mayer
Lucy is the News and Travel Editor. Find out more about her on the Presenters page.

news reader
Luke Williams
Luke spends his free time playing synthesisers and watching old sitcoms. Journalism helps remind him of the 21st century.

news reader
Chloe Norman
Chloe presents both news and travel - find out more about her on the Presenters page.

news reader
Sandra Aggrey
Sandra wants to travel the world in 60 days.

news reader
Alex Loveridge
Alex loves watching tennis at Surbiton and Wimbledon and also plays a bit too. He swims at Richmond, but not in the Thames.

news reader
Mike Oban
Mike enjoys playing and watching sports and is a budding football coach.

news reader
Jacqui Kerr
Jacqui enjoys all sports and has had a go at most! She loves talking, current affairs, music, and walking her polar bear sized dog.

news reader
David Walker
David´s philosophy is you only live once so go out and grab every opportunity no matter how small.

news reader
Paul Francis
Paul grew up in Fetcham and now lives in Teddington with his wife, two cats and a dog. He supports Fulham and plays in a band.

news reader
Sharmeen Ziauddin
Sharmeen lives in Worcester Park and loves lie-ins, kittens, books, politics, make-up and anything with sugar in it, but hates Monday mornings with a vengeance.

news reader
John Beesley
John lives in Hounslow. He enjoys beer and singing with barbershop quartets and choruses, though not necessarily in that order.

news reader
Emily Dexter
Emily is creative and has wide-ranging interests.

news reader
Amelia Beltrao
Amelia thinks living in New Malden definitely has its benefits: she gets the shops and beautiful riverside from Kingston, can walk her dogs on the common and visit the tennis in Wimbledon, as well as having a great range of Asian culture and cuisines on her high street.

news reader
Abby Chitty
Abby is from Southfields and her favourite band of all time is The Killers.

news reader
Nick Ellerby
Back in the UK after six years in Brazil, Nick is missing the sun. He's a big fan of cricket, stand-up comedy and all things radio.

news reader
Katie Waple
Katie presents both news and travel - find out more about her on the Presenters page.