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Patients’ views were sidelined as STPs were launched, says Healthwatch England

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5208 (Published 09 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5208
  1. Tom Moberly
  1. The BMJ

Public engagement with NHS changes went into “paralysis” when plans for sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) were launched in December 2015, the deputy director of Healthwatch England has said.

Neil Tester said that communications between NHS bosses and the public went into “lockdown” and a “period of stasis” at a local level as plans for STPs were rolled out. The head of the organisation set up to represent NHS patients’ views was speaking at an event at the King’s Fund on 7 November.

Tester spoke …

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