15. Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

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 all acute beds at Leicester General Hospital (LGH) and reconfiguration of services within University Hospital Leicester which will lead to a net reduction of 243 acute beds.

All clinical services will be moved onto two sites: the Leicester Royal Infirmary and the Glenfield.

Closure of maternity units at St Mary's Hospital, Melton Mowbray and Leicester General Hospital. These maternity services will be consolidated onto one site at the Royal Infirmary with the possibility of a midwife led unit at the General Hospital.

Surgery for children born with heart defects could end at Glenfield Hospital.

Two community hospitals will see their inpatient beds cut. Leaving six sites with such facilities.

The closure of all in-patient facilities at Fielding Palmer Community Hospital in Lutterworth and Rutland Memorial Community Hospital in Oakham. Consultant geriatrician Dr Alex Miodrag, branded the decision as 'pure insanity' due to the rising and ageing population in the area.

50% reduction of beds as Hinckley and Bosworth Community Hospital and an overall net reduction of 38 beds across the remaining community hospitals.

The number of acute hospital beds will be cut from the current 1,940 to 1,697 by 2020. Together with the closure of community beds this will be an overall bed reduction of 12.9%.

It is estimated 1,500 local hospital jobs will be cut by 2020, although the number of full-time health workers in the community will go from 2,271 to 2,505.

Changes in who organises our care

The STP is to develop into an accountable care system, however the councils involved have expressed concerns over this move. The three local authorities involved have criticised the lack of detailed plans to tackle a £399 million financial gap in the document outlining the ACS development.