Lincolnshire County Council motion against STP

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In response to the recently released NHS document the Lincolnshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) the Council is asked to support the following motion.

We welcome some of the positive proposals for future healthcare contained in the STP such as the development of Neighbourhood Teams, measures to improve preventative healthcare and public health and closer working between local NHS organisations and this Council in areas such as adult social care and mental health provision provided that they are properly funded and resourced. However, we believe that the proposal for the downgrading of A&E service provision at Grantham Hospital is completely unacceptable and will have a serious and detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of the residents within the Grantham Hospital catchment area. We also believe that the proposal for the creation of a single maternity unit for the whole county at Lincoln County Hospital with the ending of provision at Boston Pilgrim Hospital is also completely unacceptable and will have a serious and detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of the residents within the Boston Pilgrim Hospital catchment area. We are also concerned that the plans contained within the STP are not financially viable dependent as they are on £200m to £250m of capital expenditure which may not be available.

We believe that the views of the residents of Lincolnshire are of paramount importance in deciding the future direction of healthcare provision in the county and call on all the NHS organisations within the county to conduct a full, meaningful and proper public consultation on the STP proposals which must actively engage with all of the county’s residents.

This Council therefore:

1) cannot support the Lincolnshire STP in its current form.
2) confirms that we are prepared to work with all local NHS organisations to encourage them to adhere to and act upon the views which emerge from the public consultation.

Motion to be moved by Cllr Mark Whittington and seconded by Cllr Charmaine Morgan

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