We present the text of a new leaflet against the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan, based on our article 'Fit for the Few'.
We need an NHS for everyone: that's why we have to ...
Stop the STP!
The Conservative government wants to cut £20bn from spending on our NHS by 2020/21, as part of its austerity programme of spending cuts and privatizations.
The government has divided Britain into 44 'footprints' – Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is one – where hospital trusts and councils have had to agree Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) for local cuts.
It's vital that the NHS is sustainable. But what these plans are designed to make sustainable isn't the NHS, but its underfunding.
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough STP was published in November 2016. It's a plan for rationing, for the commercialization and privatization of land and of care, and for the imitation of American structures.
The plan shows that continuing austerity will cause a £504m deficit in the local NHS budget by 2020/21. The government says it's protected NHS spending, but half of that deficit consists of the 'efficiency savings' it's imposed: cuts by another name. Meanwhile demand is growing because of the Conservatives' destruction of social care.
The plan aims to save millions of pounds by rationing access to hospital treatment, using referral centres and higher clinical thresholds. It wants the local NHS to take on more private clinical work and sell off land, while private sector 'partners' pick up those of us turned away from hospital for cut-price care. And the plan wants the local NHS to become an 'accountable care organization', an American model whose market mechanisms encourage participants to game the system.
Read our full response to the local STP here: www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/cambridge_fit_for_the_few
Our campaign and friends like Cambridge Keep Our NHS Public are fighting its damaging proposals. Write to know more or get involved: firstname.lastname@example.org