Bill Esterson on NHS Transformation Plans

Today in Parliament Labour will be moving a Motion on Sustainable Transformation Plans, which could decimate the NHS. It reads:

‘That this House notes with concern that NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans are expected to lead to significant cuts or changes to frontline services; believes that the process agreed by the Government in December 2015 lacks transparency and the timeline announced by NHS England is insufficient to finalise such a major restructure of the NHS; further believes that the timetable does not allow for adequate public or Parliamentary engagement in the formulation of the plans; and calls on the Government to publish the Plans and to provide an adequate consultation period for the public and practitioners to respond’


The Government must be held to account for these Sustainable Transformation Plans, which could decimate the NHS. There is no evidence for these Plans and there has been no consultation. They have been formed in secret in order to hide enormous damage to the NHS. The Government’s control totals are just a programme of massive cuts.

The Government must publish the evidence it has been hiding, to close the deficits with funds not more cuts, and scrap the STPs if they can’t demonstrate real improvements.