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“Kent County Council is a partner in the STP, and could refuse to sign up to it – tell the KCC Leader Paul Carter to stop this destruction of our local NHS.”

Cllr Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council

Cllr Sue Chandler, Chair of Health Overview and Scrutiny Comittee

Dear Kent County Council

As a result of underfunding our local NHS has:

  • Some of the worst A&E waiting times in the country
  • Fewer GPs at a time when we need them most
  • An ambulance service in special measures, missing targets and putting lives in danger
  • Cancer treatment delays
  • Mental health services almost ignored.

While people lie waiting in corridors, I am concerned that Kent County Council are publishing plans that use words like transformation and integration when they mean cuts and rationing. I am against the Sustainability & Transformation Plans ambition to cut £486 million from the NHS in Kent.

Since the government’s disastrous Health and Social Care Act was passed the NHS has been continuously sliced up for tendering out. The STPs make NHS services even more vulnerable to selling off to huge corporations through so-called Accountable Care Systems, even while the NHS itself becomes less joined up and as we have seen this winter less able to cope with needs and demand.

It’s time to call a halt to these STPs and Accountable Care Systems and instead invest in our publicly owned and managed NHS and its long-term health.

Kent County Council is a partner in the Sustainability & Transformation Plan (STP), and could stop this destruction of our local NHS. I call upon the KCC Leader Paul Carter to refuse to sign up to the STP and work to prevent the role out of Accountable Care Systems across the county.

Yours

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