Better Care Together ‘Engagement’ meetings taking place in February & March on the future of Community Health Services. There will be two more, so please try to go to one if you have not yet been – Tuesday 5th march and Wed 6th March.




What are we seeking and why?

We are seeking a judicial review to stop Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt and NHS England from introducing new commercial, non-NHS bodies to run health and social services without proper public consultation and without full Parliamentary scrutiny.

These non-NHS bodies would be called “Accountable Care Organisations” (“ACOs). They would be governed by company and contract law and can be given “full responsibility” for NHS and adult social services..see more


December 2017 – How Derby City Council rejected STP bed reduction derby SOS December 2017

Protest against use of gagging agreement by local NHS leaders – 11 October 2017

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Members of the ‘public and patient involvement’ (PPI) group associated with plans to change local health services are being asked to sign a confidentiality agreement before they can see secret papers setting out planned changes to health services.

CANP PressRelease 09 Oct 17 STP


Protest against NHS secrecy

17Aud17 Demo - 4

click for BBC Radio Leicester interview

Thursday 17th August 2017 Leicester

press release – protest against nhs secrecy



How Simon Stevens imposed a reorganisation designed for transnational capitalism on England’s NHS.


Useful info here……. stop stp_985x491


Action Against Health Privatisation(1) - 7Apr2017


CANP leafleting about STP on Friday 7th April 2017


A Special Meeting of Leicester City Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Commission has been arranged for

Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 5:30 pm.
The meeting will consider submissions from the public, patients groups and other interested community organisations on their views on the Draft STP. the Sustainability & Transformation Plan

 CANP STP written Scrutiny Submission 2017

See other written submissions which are in appendix to the  minutes of the meeting 


Dr Sally  Ruane interviewed about her report on STP in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland on BBC East Midlands Today 13.3.17

STP – Sally Ruane on Radio Leicester 13.3.17




A Special Meeting of Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Commission has been arranged for Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 5:30 pm.

in Meeting Room G.01, Ground Floor, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ.

The meeting will consider submissions from the public, patients groups and other interested community organisations on their views on the Draft STP.


Thursday 16th March 5 pm Leicester Town Hall,

Town Hall Square

Leicester City Council Full meeting.

Main Motion on the Agenda is decision on STP(Sustainable Transformation Plan) 

National Health Service and Social Care

Proposed by the Deputy City Mayor, seconded by the City Mayor:

“This Council believes the NHS is one of Britain’s most cherished institutions; we have serious concerns about the financial pressures facing the NHS and social care and the development of Sustainability & Transformation Plans.”



Leicester City Health & Community Involvement Scrutiny Commission

Special meeting

Thursday 2nd March 2017

5.30 pm

about the Sustainability & Transformation Plan


CANP mounted a demonstration ahead of the Leicester City Council scrutiny meeting on the Sustainability and Transformation Plan. CANP had been calling fo effective scrutiny since January 2015 but had found it difficult to input into these meetings.

Sally Ruane’s Speech at Glenfield Congenital Heart Rally about STP on Saturday 11th February 2017 (text here –congenitalheartspeechrallyfeb17)


Patients and members of the public in Leicester are invited to attend an event where information will be shared about plans to change health services over the next five years.

Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group is hosting a public information event so the draft plans for the local Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) can be clearly explained to local people, patients and carers.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 23 February, 2017 between 6pm and 8pm at the Peepul Centre, Orchardson Avenue, Leicester, LE4 6DP.

People in Leicester City are living longer, and more frequently with one or more long-term health conditions, which means they need to use health services more often. Local health organisations are responding to this increased demand for care within the budgets that are available, but they will no longer be able to do so if this trend continues.

The draft plan, which is called Better Care Together locally, sets out the action needed to ensure consistently good quality health services can be delivered to patients for many years to come. Plans like these are being produced in all areas of the country.

Later in the year patients, carers and members of the public will be invited to take part in a consultation about the proposed changes to health and social care services. The purpose of this event is to make sure they understand the plans well enough to help them to take part in the consultation and express their views when the time comes.

The draft plan is available to view by going to the end of the page at https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/about-us/strategies-and-reports/ and has been drawn up by health and care organisations from across the region.

If you would like to attend the event, please register by contacting Jo Ryder, Engagement Manager on 0116 295 1123 or email beinvolved@leicestercityccg.nhs.uk
Please let us know in advance if you have any access or disability requirements.

Please note that the deadline for registration is Friday 17 February, 2017


East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG are organising 2 meetings about the future provision of health care in Lutterworth at the Wycliffe Rooms, George Street, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 4ED.

The first will take place on Monday 9 January 2017 from 12pm to 3pm and the second on Tuesday 24 January from 6pm to 8.30pm.

To register please call 0116 295 3405 and ask for the communications team. Alternatively email: communications@eastleicestershireandrutlandccg.nhs.uk.

West Leicestershire CCG are organising 3 Roadshow Events about STP prior to organising a more formal public consultation

Tuesday, 17 January – Hinckley Golf Club, Leicester Road, Hinckley, LE10 3DR

Thursday 19 January – Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3EB

Monday 23 January – Forest Hill Golf Club and Conference Centre, Markfield Ln, Botcheston, Leicester LE9 9FH

All events will take place from 6PM-9:15PM and light refreshments will be available

if you want to attend you need to fill out the form you can find here

38_stoke_corridor_238 degrees national petition against STP

Health Alert

download and use this……..

Sustainability and Transformation Plan in the NHS – shrinking the health service canp flyer-


The Kings Fund report on STP

is here



This is the STP (stp21nov16 )  untitled-1for Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland


Another major reorganisation is being imposed on the NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, this time to shrink the service following the government’s policy to fund the NHS below the level of rising need.

Improved community services are unlikely to compensate for the massive bed reduction being planned with between 1/5 and 1/3 of beds to be closed.

CANP have……..

presented a petition to

Leicester City Council, Health & Community Involvement Scrutiny Commission

on Tuesday 27th January at 5.30 at City Hall, 115 Charles Street

Organised a public meeting………..


  Dr Sally Ruane spoke on behalf of CANP

and John Adler (chief exec of UHL) spoke on behalf of the BCT plan


Photos of the event from CivicLeicester here

BetterCareTogetherLeaflet24Nov14DraftEight-2 (Sally 13Feb15)

download poster here – CANPPublicMeeting28Feb

download newsletter here – BetterCareTogether-newsletter

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See our street theatre

 & What Leicester Mercury 21.2.15 made of it

Radio Leicester 27th February Jim Davis & Jo Hayward on this debate   – Dr Sally Ruane of CANP – at listen time 01.07.54 /and at 02.07.50 including Professor Azhar Farooqi of BCT Leicester, response

Better Care Together Partnership Board Meetings

are open to the public

next meeting

17 November 2016

9.30am – 12pm (TBC)

venue TBC


Sustainability and Transformation Plan

‘Sustainability’ and ‘Transformation’ Plans in the NHS – shrinking the health service
All areas of the country are being asked to produce a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) in order to shrink the health service into the smaller budget available under the current government. Sustainability and Transformation Plans pose a significant threat to the quality of care we will be able to access in the NHS. Despite this, they are being discussed in conditions of total secrecy without democratic process and public accountability. Please write a letter of concern to your councillors and your MP. We are in the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland area (called ‘footprint number 15’).
Ask your MP and councillors what actions they are taking to insist the STP is brought into the public domain and subjected to proper democratic processes, including effective scrutiny.
Some or all of the following points can be made.

Please try to put these in your own words.

  • Despite the serious and potentially dangerous consequences of Sustainability and Transformation Plans, they are being written and discussed in secret with no effective scrutiny and no discussion with the public. In other words, they are completely undemocratic.
  • The STPs are largely financially driven. They threaten the long term adequacy of the service by making dangerous cuts for short-term financial reasons.
  • The level of funding in the health service is completely unacceptable and reflects a lack of commitment to a high quality, effective health service. Although the actual amount of funding in cash terms has gone up since 2009, when you take into account the growing population and the rate of inflation, funding per person has actually gone down! The percentage of national income (GDP) being spent on the NHS is also going down year on year, again reflecting a lack of commitment to the health service. As a result of chronic underfunding since 2010 – unprecedented in the history of the NHS – we are facing a shortfall in LLR of approximately £500m
  • Sustainability and Transformation Plans are the method being used to force the health service to shrink because the inadequate funding received by the health service in recent years is now cutting deep into the fabric of the service.
  • The service has been building in greater efficiency in recent years to try to cope with the slide in funding but now radical and potentially dangerous cuts are being considered.
  • The Sustainability and Transformation Plans affect the whole service and involve even more restructuring and reorganisation of the service.
  • Many elements of the STPs have no adequate evidence base and run the risk of both jeopardising the quality and safety of patient care and not working in terms of either saving money or reducing pressure on the hospitals.
  • In LLR, hundreds of acute hospital beds are threatened with closure even though our local hospital trust (University Hospitals of Leicester) already has too few beds in comparison with the number of people requiring admission.
  • ‘Transforming’ the service means placing more pressure on families to care for their own sick relatives and neighbours at home. Extra reliance on social care means more families faced with charges as social care is means tested. More unpaid volunteers will also be used instead of paid and qualified staff.
  • Families are likely to come under more pressure just at a time when there is a huge shortage of free social care because of the underfunding of local authorities.
  • This restructuring indicates the government does not wish the health service to carry on in its current form. By shrinking and restructuring the service, the government is creating space for the acceleration of privatisation.
  • Low levels of NHS funding cannot be justified on the grounds of deficit reduction as additional spending on health results in even more economic growth which more than cancels out the cost of the original additional spending. The NHS is an important part of the economy as well as an important part of the quality of our lives.
  • We should not just accept the shrinkage and deformation of the health service. We should fight it!

if you want to use the following letter please feel free to – or adapt it for yourself  CANP STP LetterAug16


you could also sign this petition to parliament about  STP


Challenging the STPs Conference held in Birmingham on September 17 2016

taken from Health Campaigns Together

The conference was a real success. 150 campaigners from all over England came to discuss the latest top-down reorganisation of the NHS and the challenge we face in defending local access to health services.

Speakers included Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Health Secretary. Download her speech

Statement agreed by campaigners present – download HERE

Full text of (shortened) speech by John Lister, Secretary Keep Our NHS Public – HERE

Full text of (shortened) speech from Caroline Bedale on Manchester Devo and STP process – HERE

Key points from the workshop discussions on how to develop campaigning


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