38. Somerset

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

Weston General Hospital A&E department has been closed overnight due to staffing shortages, hospital bosses made their decision following severe criticism about substandard patient care from the CQC that noted that some patients were being treated in corridors. This has led to fears that the hospital will be downgraded and lose its A&E and critical care service.

There are concerns over the future of the maternity unit at Bridgwater Hospital.

Changes in who organises our care

Somerset is to develop as an accountable care system that the STP indicates will save money and help eliminate the deficit. Budgets for NHS and social care will be combined and a provider/s will deliver services through an outcome-based contract.