A leading Councillor is reassuring residents the Council will make sure decisions on the future of health provision in Coventry are fully scrutinised.
In its Full Council meeting today (Jan 24) the Council considered its position in relation to the recently-announced Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).
STPs are an NHS England-led approach to responding to the significant challenges for health and social care over future years. They are intended to take a collaborative ‘place based’ approach to managing health and social care in the face of a £300 Million funding gap across Coventry and Warwickshire by 2020.
Cllr Faye Abbott, Cabinet Member for Adult Services and lead Councillor for the STP said: ‘Although it is critically important for the Council to continue to work with health organisations in progressing the STP, I want to assure people that by discussing it in Council meetings it certainly doesn’t mean we’ve ‘signed up’ to it.
“As it currently stands the STP is lacking in detail and transparency of what it will actually mean for people who need health and care services and I know that has been a great concern to people.
“Over the next months and even years the details of the potential impact of the STP will become clearer and I will be ensuring both that any decisions go through the correct decision-making process and that we are on hand to fight for residents by scrutinising and testing those decisions.
“I want to make sure any changes are made for the right reasons and will benefit the people that matter, our residents.
“My views as Cabinet Member are echoed by many Councillors, specifically the Leader of the City Council, Cllr George Duggins in his letter to the chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire STP board, and the chair of the Coventry Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Cllr Damian Gannon in his letter to Jeremy Hunt MP.”