North east London managers forge ahead with NHS overhaul
Managers in charge of overhauling NHS services in north east London are forging ahead with their cost-cutting plans despite patient demands for full consultation and transparency on the plans.
The North East London Sustainability and Transformation Team (NEL STP) is pressing City and Hackney clinical commissioning group (CCG) and Hackney Council to sign the new partnership agreement before June.
NEL STP is rebranding and relaunching itself as the East London Health and Care Partnership which will drive through the radical changes including anticipated funding cuts of around £600 million.
The partnership will comprise 20 CCGs, councils and hospital providers across north east London including City and Hackney CCG and Hackney Council.
The partners will be expected to implement the STP to redesign services, deliver better health outcomes for patients and reduce pressure on A&E departments while generating significant savings.
More than 70 residents spoke out against the plans at a Healthwatch Hackney public meeting in February, angered at the lack of public consultation and transparency about potential cuts and service changes.
At the meeting, Councillor Jonathan McShane, Hackney Council’s cabinet lead for health, social care and devolution said that while the plan had good public health aspirations the sums ‘didn’t add up’.
NEL STP is also setting up a new Community Group to advise the East London Health and Care Partnership.
The group is expected to include representatives from patient groups, voluntary sector organisations, universities, local business and healthcare professionals.
It is still unclear how Community Group representatives will be selected and what powers the group will have to influence change.
Healthwatch Hackney report on NEL STP