8. Cheshire & Merseyside

What concerns have been raised about your STP?

Health planners are trying to reduce NHS deficits and make changes to the way care is organised. 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

The closure of the current Liverpool Women's hospital site and move to new site after a merger of Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals Trust, Aintree University Hospitals Foundation Trust and Liverpool Women’s Foundation Trust.

The downgrade of the Macclesfield District General Hospital A&E to a minor injuries unit.

Possiblility of reduced A&E opening hours for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust, St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Trust, and Warrington and Halton Hospitals Foundation Trust.

Emphasis on cost-cutting

In official documents leaked to the HSJ and reported by the Independent, cost cutting measures for the three areas - East Cheshire, Vale Royal and South Cheshire could include:

  • Longer waiting times for elective care;
  • Closure of wards and theatres;
  • Staffing cuts;
  • Ending funding for some treatments and prescriptions;
  • Delaying or avoiding funding newly approved treatments.

These measures have been described as “thinking the unthinkable”. Documents leaked to the Guardian  reveal concerns that the cost-cutting measures will mean that cancer patients in Cheshire could die sooner because they will end up waiting longer for urgent hospital treatment.

The STP contains cuts amounting to £1.5 billion according to campaigners and planners are ignoring the concerns of local citizens.