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Sixty seconds on . . . STPs

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 26 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5752
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Oh, no, not more NHS jargon. I’ll skip this one

Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) may sound like a boring agenda item, but they have huge implications for the NHS.

Really? How so?

The plans, unveiled by NHS England last December, have three overarching aims: to improve health and wellbeing, to improve quality of care, and, crucially, to achieve financial balance. Nigel Edwards, chief executive of the health policy think tank the Nuffield Trust, says that the plans have the “potential to make fundamental changes in the shape and nature of health care services.”1 He warns …

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