39. Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
What does the STP mean for your area?
Health planners are trying to reduce NHS deficits and think about ways to re organise care. However getting the large deficits under control could prevent facilities being developed that can cope with the health and care social needs of local people.
Analysis of the STP shows that the aim is to reduce the number of acute beds in the area by 30%.
At a council meeting in January 2017, the council concluded that the STP's aim to cut £305 million from the Bristol area's NHS funding will result in fewer hospital beds, closure of services and less frontline staff.
Extra cost-savings needed
This area contains some high-spending CCGs that NHS England has targeted with suggestions for additional cost-saving measures to ensure they remain within their 'control totals' (or budget) for 2017/18; this is part of what is known as the Capped Expenditure Programme (CEP). These measures include increasing waiting times, closing wards and theatres, stopping funding for some treatments or rationing, reducing staff and selling property. As a result:
- There were plans to cut IVF services and ration by age (30-35), but a local campaign has been successful in getting this proposal withdrawn.
- Cuts planned by South Gloucestershire CCG include in the areas of cancer diagnostics and treatment for children with complex needs and longer waiting times for patients as the 'referral to treatment times are relaxed.