South West London STP includes plans to close acute hospital

One of the five acute hospitals in the South West London sustainability and transformation plan (STP) footprint is due to close in order to meet standards of care, according to the area’s newly published plan.

South West London (SWL) follows North London and Birmingham and Solihull in publishing the plans, which have been subject to criticism for being too secretive and potentially leading to service closures.

Cllr Ruth Dombey, leader of Sutton Council and South London Partnership health lead, said: “As boroughs, we are concerned that the NHS centrally has not allowed the publication of our STP and that this is raising worries about its content and the process around its development.

“I am therefore publishing the South West London STP to increase transparency and support the development of robust plans that will deliver better services and outcomes across our area.”

Full Story on National Health Executive 27th October 2016