Labour promises to halt STPs to save services

Labour has promised to halt the Sustainability and Transformation Plan process.

Its manifesto claims STPs are “looking at closing health services across England”.

Instead, Labour would involve local people in redrawing the plans “with a focus on patient need rather than available finances”.

The party does not explain how the plans would be matched with local budgets.

Labour risks holding back essential changes to services

The STP plans would be reviewed by a proposed new health regulator, NHS Excellence. The regulator’s precise role is unclear.

King’s Fund chief executive Chris Ham said: “The proposal to halt sustainability and transformation plans risks holding back essential changes to services. Labour is right that there has so far not been nearly enough engagement with the public and patients and this needs to happen, but where the case for change has been made politicians should not stand in the way.”

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