Bedford Hospital, GPs and other NHS services are undergoing a process to integrate these services with social care provision in three health areas: Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK STP). This is part of an England wide program called the Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP). In addition, our STP has been signed up fast-track to an Accountable Care System, now known as Integrated Care System (ICS).
The government has tasked NHS in England to save a further £22 Billion from an already overstretched NHS as a result of implementing this program
Ideas floated in STPs around the country are:
Merging A&Es (in practice closing or downgrading)
Merging Consultancy Led Maternity
Moving Patients out of Acute Beds into Social Care (Care Closer to Home) – this is part of the BLMK STP proposal
Use of Technology such as Health Apps and Skype calls to obtain care, including Mental Health
- The NHS has fewer beds per country (30th out of 37 countries compared by the OECD)
- The NHS doesn’t have enough doctors, nurses, physiotherapists or GPs now
- Social Care is already stretched to breaking point
It’s difficult to see how this aggressive target could be met without reducing services at one or more of the hospitals and other health social care services.
See also Accountable Care Organisations
Unite the Union:
What NHS England has to say: