In Wycombe, we all care passionately about the NHS and the future of local NHS services. Many local online activists sent campaign emails about the NHS Five Year Forward View and the Sustainability and Transformation Plans which will deliver it.
On Tuesday 11th October, I raised the the issue at Health Questions:
Mr Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): If he will take steps to ensure that clinical commissioning groups publish their proposals for implementing the NHS “Five Year Forward View”.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (David Mowat): The “Five Year Forward View” will be delivered through sustainability and transformation plans which are currently being developed by clinical commissioning groups in collaboration with local authorities and providers. NHS England expects that all STPs will be published, although in some areas discussions are already taking place.
Mr Baker: I am led to understand that in Wycombe we should expect no dramatic changes and possibly no publication of a strategic plan. Does my hon. Friend agree that public confidence would be much enhanced by the clear articulation in public of a strategy for meeting the “Five Year Forward View”?
David Mowat: I agree with my hon. Friend, and I will try to give a clear answer. NHS England is determined that all 44 areas will publish their plans shortly. For those that have not already done so, publication will take place after the formal checkpoint review at the end of October. Areas are working to different timescales, but the plans will all be published by the end of November. For the avoidance of doubt, that includes the STP for Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West.
I am delighted that we can expect the publication of our local Sustainability and Transformation Plan by the end of November. Given the local changes which began when Labour were in power and which continued, I do not expect dramatic change. I very much hope that local NHS authorities’ plans will meet with public approval.