Concerns raised over NHS merger for health services

A public governor of the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital has criticised the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

Jim Thakoordin, an elected member to the council of governors at the hospital, has raised his concerns about the plan ahead of the public meetings on Thursday.

Last year, NHS England outlined a new approach for health care providers to help ensure that services are planned by place rather than individual institutions.

It means local health and care providers have been asked to work together in regional ‘footprints’ to produce a STP.

Twelve NHS organisations and four local authorities in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) are working together to develop the STP for the area, linked to the five priorities local partners have identified.

These are illness prevention and health promotion; primary, community and social care; secondary care; digital programme and demand management and commissioning.

Full Story on Luton Today 8 March 2017