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NHS England is criticised for lack of transparency on service closures

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 01 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5898
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

NHS England is facing growing criticism over its stewardship of the 44 sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) that are proposing service closures and other changes to health and social care services across the country.

Local representatives from the NHS and local authorities have been drawing up plans since December 2015, when NHS England set them a deadline of 21 October 2016 to submit draft proposals to meet the triple aim of improving health, improving care, and saving money.

Friction has emerged since this deadline after four local councils opted to publish their local plans in draft form before they had been approved by NHS England and the regulator NHS Improvement, as they were concerned about the lack of transparency in the process.

The heat on NHS England intensified after a survey of clinical commissioning groups by the Health …

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