On 30 June 2016 North West London NHS and Local Authority bosses submitted their draft five year plan to NHS England for cutting care costs and changing how care services are provided. After considerable pressure from a number of organizations this plan was placed in the public domain on 5 August 2016. The name of the plan is ‘The Sustainability and Transformation Plan’. You can read the plan here.
It’s not an easy read and ESONHS members and others have begun meeting, discussing and researching in order to fully understand what these cost cuts and service changes will mean to residents of Ealing. As with the NHS NW London 2012 ‘Shaping a Healthier Future’ plans the survival of Ealing Hospital is at risk.
There are proposals for changing how primary care and community care services are delivered which could threaten the survival of the traditional GP surgery. Services form the seriously mentally ill are seemingly to be improved but the spending on these services will be cut.
Healthcare and social care services are to be integrated but this will clearly be difficult as healthcare is free at the point of use and social care is means tested. Again these service improvements are to be achieved at the same time as spending on them will be reduced.