Coventry South MP, Jim Cunningham has hit out at the plans announced for health services in Coventry and Warwickshire.
The Sustainability Transformation Plan seeks to reduce health spending by over £270 million between now and 2020 but Jim Cunningham MP has said these are a way to make cuts through the back door.
Jim Cunningham said,
“These STP’s are a terrible way to design the future of health services. They are being produced in secret and then when the document is actually published it seems to be written in some sort of code that no one can understand. It’s a pretty shambolic way to try and change health services because those that rely on them, the general public, have been shut out of discussions.
Although the plan is difficult to understand and very vague on some areas, it is very clear to me that three issues stand out, there isn’t enough money, there is no evidence provided that these plans will save money and there is no democratic legitimacy to force through these plans. The Government promised to protect our health service. The evidence on the ground here in Coventry shows you that this promise is being broken.
I am meeting with Professor Andy Hardy in January as well as medical professionals from across the City to discuss these plans and to explain the concerns I have for future of health services here in Coventry. I’ve also written to the Coventry and Rugby CCG to request a meeting with them to discuss these plans.
We need an open and honest debate about the future health needs in our city. We need to work towards a health service that focuses on social care as well as health care and we need a plan that also recognises the often forgotten about, mental health needs of our communities. This plan seems to be a top down, secret attempt to cut services through the back door and not one that addresses the huge health issues facing our communities over the years and decades to come.”