A British Medical Association investigation into the cost of funding the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) paints a very worrying picture, with at least £9.5 billionn needed in capital funding across the country to successfully deliver it.
Lincolnshire told NHS England that it would need an alarming £205 million in capital funding in order to deliver these so-called ‘transformation’ plans.
This is on top of millions of pounds needed for a backlog of other repair work.
With NHS budgets severely strained, funding from capital budgets is often used to prop up day-to-day running costs in the NHS.
The reality of what is needed to implement “transformation” plans is unachievable if the government does not provide the long-term investment desperately needed.
The NHS and social system is at breaking point and the STP process could have offered a chance to deal with some of the problems facing the NHS.
But from its very beginning, this process was carried out largely behind closed doors, without proper consultation and input from those on the front line.
The plans are fast becoming completely unworkable and have instead revealed a health service that is unsustainable without urgent further investment and with little capacity to ‘transform’ in any meaningful way other than by reducing the provision of services on a drastic scale.