23. Suffolk and North East Essex

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

Walk-in centres in North East Essex are under threat of closure, the centre in Colchester and the minor injury units in Clacton and Harwich are most likely to face the axe.

Merging of clinical services, which could lead to some services only being available in one hospital (either Colchester and Ipswich) or moving into the community.

Closure of oral surgery clinic in West Suffolk Hospital will lead to patient delays.

Lack of investment

This STP has a projected deficit of £248 million by 2020/21, but does not contain exact details of how this is going to be eliminated. The area has received some extra funding of around £2 -£10 million for primary care.

Changes in who organises our care

New models of care are planned for the area, with a multi-speciality community provider model for North East Essex and accountable care organisations to be formed, one in Ipswich and East Suffolk and the other in West Suffolk.