NHS LEADERSHIP HAS TRIED TO KEEP SECRET PLANS TO CUT HOSPITAL SERVICES
An investigation has found that NHS leadership tried to keep plans to cut hospital services in England, the BBC reports.
According to the King’s Fund, NHS England told local managers to keep the plans “out of the public domain” and avoid requests for information.
Forty-four reviews of local services have been set up across the country and interviews were carried out by King’s Fund with staff involved in four reviews known as Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs). Proposals have also been drawn:
Interviews were carried out by King’s Fund with staff involved in STPs and the following findings were made:
The closure of A&E’s or
The closure of a whole hospital
Managers were advised on how to reject freedom of information requests which some disagreed with and concurred that it would be greatly detrimental to running the process
The above means that views of the public and frontline staff have been hugely absent in the process so far
More details on what is involve have not yet emerged.
Chris Ham, the chief executive of King’s Fund said this process is not in line with established “rules” of good engagement and consultation.
He also said that the “the right thing to do” is to review NHS services but also expressed his worry about the lack of funds to successfully execute this.
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