1. Northumberland, Tyne & Wear

What concerns have been raised about your STP?

Health planners are trying to reduce NHS deficits and think about ways to re-organise care. However getting the large deficit under control could prevent facilities being developed that can cope with the health and care social needs of local people.

Proposed changes

Closure of Rothbury Community Hospital in Northumberland

Merger of South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Trusts. Possible downgrading of acute services at South Tyneside Hospital including the stroke and maternity units. The plans have been described as “unsustainable” by hospital bosses.

Closure of wards and theatres, staffing cuts, the ending of funding for some treatments and delays in funding newly approved treatments have all been suggested as cost-cutting measures, leaked to the HSJ and the Independent.

Lack of investment, growing debts and lack of information

Growing debts are projected to reach £641 million by 2020/21. Campaigners claim plans for cuts have been "cloaked in secrecy" and the "public engagement process" listed numerous fears.

Lack of investment was highlighted by Dr George Rae of the British Medical Association stating in March 2017 that the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear STP would need an extra £76.6m in capital funding in order to successfully deliver the STP plans.

Changes in who organises our care

Northumberland CCG area is developing as an Accountable Care Organisation, under which a single organisation will hold the budget for all care in the area, including primary care.