26. Mid and South 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

This area has three main acute hospitals at Basildon, Chelmsford (Broomfield) and Southend.

The plan was for the reconfiguration of these hospitals, including downgrading A&E at two out of three hospitals.

However, in July 2017  campaigners were successful in forcing NHS bosses to cancel plans to downgrade Broomfield and Southend A&E. Concern had been growing that patient lives were being put at risk under plans to send all critical cases to Basildon A&E, while at the same time downgrading Southend and Broomfield A&Es to take less serious cases.

Elective surgery may be consolidated onto one site, which would mean longer journeys for some patients.


The projected deficit for this area by 2020/21 is £630 million. The BMA has estimated that to realise the changes outlined in the STP £449.5 million will be needed in capital funding.