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£9.5bn capital funding needed to deliver STPs

In February, the BMA published new analysis which revealed sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) require at least £9.5bn of capital investment to be delivered successfully, but that the NHS does not have the funding to do so. The BMA investigation exposed the vast sums needed just to create the infrastructure to deliver the projects, with costly building projects and investment in community facilities vital to the plans. Responses to FOI requests from 37 of the 44 footprint areas show that the projected capital demands for these STPs totalled £9.53bn.

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Media coverage

NHS needs £9.5bn upfront in order to secure a future, says BMA
The Guardian, Tuesday 14 February 2017

NHS Crisis: 19 hospitals face the chop as doctors accuse government of deliberately underfunding NHS
The Independent, Tuesday 14 February 2017

Health service needs £9.5bn funding to transform, warns the BMA
The Independent, Tuesday 14 February 2017

'Impossible' NHS plans will cost Yorkshire £1.2bn
Yorkshire Post, Tuesday 14 February 2017

Doctors' union warns the NHS needs £9.5bn to survive and is at 'breaking point'
International Business Times, Tuesday 14 February 2017

Nurses say plans for NHS could see community services and hospital beds reduced
Press Association, Tuesday 14 February 2017

The Great NHS gamble – 'Secret' plans to cut millions from health budgets
Lancashire Evening Post, Tuesday 14 February 2017

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough 'need £8bn' for NHS transformation plans
Heart, Tuesday 14 February 2017

Northumberland, Tyne & Wear Trust predicts £76m shortfall
Sun FM, Tuesday 14 February 2017

Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, was interview by Global Radio, the media group which owns Classic FM, Heart, Capital and more. His comments were featured on hourly news bulletins across their network which reaches approximately 24.4m listeners.

 

NHS will not be able to cope unless government gets to grip with the social care crisis, warns doctors' leader

In his New Year message, Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, highlighted new BMA analysis of Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) which shows the scale of cuts facing social care in England.

Previous analysis found that STPs will have to deliver £26bn in cuts by 2020/2021 in order to balance health and social care spending across 44 ‘footprint’ areas, raising serious concerns about cuts to services and the impact on patient care. Areas of particular concern include Greater Manchester, North-West London, and Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, which all need to make saving of more than £1 billion each.

New BMA analysis has found that, while cuts to social care amount to £5bn of the overall £26bn that needs to be saved, in some areas cuts to social care are almost as great as those to health care. The social care crisis is already having a knock on effect in the NHS with hospitals struggling to find social care for patients, leading to delayed discharge and bed shortages. In the case of older patients in England, the number of unnecessary days in hospital cost the NHS more than £800 million last year.

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Media coverage

Social care crisis threatens an implosion in NHS, warns UK's top doctor who says services are "cracking" under pressure
The Daily Mirror, Friday 30 December 2016

Social care services are 'cracking under weight' of funding crisis in NHS, says head of BMA
The Daily Telegraph, Friday 30 December 2016

BMA boss warns health and social care services are 'cracking under the weight'
The Daily Express, Friday 30 December 2016

Dr Mark Porter was also interviewed by BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire and BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester.

 

NHS transformation plans will have to deliver billions in cuts

The BMA has expressed concerns about the impact NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans will have on services across England and about the lack of engagement with clinical staff. BMA analysis has found that NHS sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) will have to deliver £22bn in cuts by 2020/2021 in order to balance health and social care spending across 44 ‘footprint’ areas, raising serious concerns about cuts to services and the impact on patient care

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Media coverage

Tory neglect is killing the NHS
Daily Mirror, Monday 21 November 2016

Two-thirds of doctors not consulted over transformation plans
Daily Telegraph, Monday 21 November 2016

BMA says transformation plans cover for NHS
Guardian, Monday 21 November 2016

NHS faces fresh £22bn cuts plans
Huffington Post, Monday 21 November 2016

NHS in danger of starving patients of vital care
iNewspaper, Monday 21 November 2016

NHS plans could be cover for cuts
ITV News, Monday 21 November 2016

BMA chief warns that NHS transformation plans could be used to cover £22bn in cuts
Mail Online, Monday 21 November 2016

BMA warns that NHS transformation plans could be 'cover' for £22bn cuts
Sky News, Monday 21 November 2016

Plans for cuts could see hospitals close
The Sun, Monday 21 November 2016

BMA warns that plan for future or NHS could be used as cover for delivering cuts
Yorkshire Post, Monday 21 November 2016