21. Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

In October 2018, the chief executives of NHS England and NHS Improvement wrote to all STP leaders instructing them to come up with new five year plans by autumn 2019. The new five-year plans will replace those which drawn up in 2016 based on the previous five-year funding settlement to 2020-21. The new five year STP will be developed based on a new NHS England budget.

The letter notes that “It will be extremely important that you develop your plans with the proper engagement of all parts of your local systems and that they provide robust and credible solutions for the challenges you will face in caring for your local populations over the next five years.”

NOTE: The information on this page relates to the original STP drawn up in 2016, however much of the information is still relevant and could be part of the new STP.

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

Possible downgrading of the emergency department at Hinchingbrooke Hospial.

The potential merger of Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals

Possible closure of the minor injury units (MIUs) at Ely, Doddington and Wisbech.

Papworth Hospital will move onto the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in 2018.

Extra cost-cutting planned

This STP contains one of the CCG areas with the highest over-spend, as a result it is being asked to take additional cost-cutting measures to remain on budget. In official documents leaked to the HSJ and reported by the Independent, cost cutting measures for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area will include:

  • Longer waiting times for elective care;
  • Closure of wards and theatres;
  • Staffing cuts;
  • Ending funding for some treatments and prescriptions;
  • Delaying or avoiding funding newly approved treatments.

Already, there are proposals to cut NHS funded IVF-treatment and to introduce a minimum 12 week wait for adults to receive non-urgent treatment in secondary care.

For more information see below.