32. Kent and Medway

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

Reorganisation of the Kent and Canterbury, the William Harvey in Ashford and the QEQM in Margate. One hospital will become a ‘super medical site’ whilst the other two will be downgraded.

reduction of 300 acute hospital beds.

This reorganisation will mean:

  • Only one hospital site will provide all specialist treatments as well as an A&E and planned care and maternity;
  • A second site will offer an A&E and planned care and maternity;
  • The third site would focus on inpatient elective surgery, including orthopaedics, and rehabilitation with a GP-led urgent care centre. All the minor injuries units would also be retained.

Changes in who organises our care

The STP includes plans to develop a multispeciality community provider (MCP)  type model of care, which would eventually lead to the development of an accountable care organisation (ACO).