Council leaders to tackle Health Secretary on local NHS

The leaders of Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire councils are to meet the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt later to express their concern over the “disarray” in the local NHS.

They say they will also highlight the risk posed to local communities at the meeting in London, organised by Wrekin MP Mark Pritchard.

Councillors Shaun Davies and Malcolm Pate will be stressing what they call ‘serious shortcomings’ in an overarching plan to transform and make financially sustainable NHS healthcare across Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.

The plan, called the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), was published before Christmas and recognised by NHS England as focussing too much on emergency hospital services reconfiguration on which the county’s two Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) couldn’t agree when they met in December.

The STP was also criticised by the leaders of both councils who said it didn’t address community-based care and the issue of keeping people out of hospital.

Full Story on ITV News 10 January 2017