The first 2 years of the Sustainability Transformation Plan for Cambridgeshire is due for ratification on 23 December with implementation from April 2017. The financial and estate footprint for these plans have not been fully disclosed and there has been no public engagement on proposals.
These plans, if ratified by councils, will have a significant detrimental and long term effect on Health provision throughout Cambridgeshire and specifically for the residents of our three county towns and outlying villages. They are purely financially driven, and we firmly believe are unworkable.
These plans are due to place even greater burdens on GP’s, Health Care Workers, Social Workers as well as our Ambulance Service and other Community Groups, who themselves are already struggling with current workloads.
We urge both Cambridgeshire County Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, Fenland Council and Peterborough City Council to formally reject these proposals. We believe that the model of approach is aimed at disassembling the NHS as a publicly funded body in an attempt to privatise health based on American models of health and social care.
Instead we call upon all local councils to make representations to their respective MP’s to demand a fully funded NHS and to suspend with immediate effect all STP’s nationwide.