Seven day GPs and a smaller CIty Hospital among plans for Notts health services

GPs on-call seven days a week, a smaller City Hospital and patients looking after themselves with smartphone apps are among dozens of proposals published today aimed at plugging a £628 million funding gap in local health services over the next five years.

The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), devised by local health bosses in Nottingham’s hospitals, councils and other health authorities, sets out a draft guide on how services must change between now and 2021.

Health leaders estimate that if nothing is done by 2021 there will be a £628 million difference between Nottinghamshire’s health and social care service budget and the money it is going to need to meet the demands of the population.

Among the boldest suggestions is the idea of providing a seven-day-a-week GP service with doctors available from 8am to 8pm.