17. Birmingham and Solihull

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

The downgrading of Sandwell Hospital A&E, with services being transferred to the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital due to open in Spring 2019. Sandwell Hospital will retain an urgent care centre.

Concerns

In early December 2016, Birmingham City Council published a report which concluded that the STP risked side-lining social care and pushing more costs onto hard-up councils.