Reading Borough Council is the latest local authority to publish the NHS’s Draft Local Sustainable Transformation Plan for its area.
The Council has taken the decision due to serious concerns about transparency of the draft document, drawn up by the NHS for the Berkshire West, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire area.
A predicted financial gap of £479m by 2020 to NHS spending across Bucks, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West is outlined in the draft document, which was last month submitted to NHS England for consideration. The draft STP can be found at the bottom of this page.
Council Leader Jo Lovelock, and Lead Member for Health, Cllr Graeme Hoskin, are particularly alarmed at the lack of focus in the document on the essential role of local authorities in play in providing adult social care services. Whilst acknowledging the need for NHS efficiency savings, the Councillors are clear this can only be successfully achieved by a system-wide transformation of all health services, including primary care/ GP services and local authority services.