Kent and Medway draft Health and Social Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan
January 25th 2017
OHSCA Chair Dick Vane-Wright wrote to Glenn Douglas, Chief Executive, Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust regarding future plans for K and C Hospital and residents' concerns with respect to two particular issues:
- firstly the fear that the geographical concentration of acute hospital services divested of non-acute work, as projected in the Kent & Medway Sustainability and Transformation Plan, will proceed even if sufficient money (and other resources, notably staff) do not become available to the NHS to make adequate alternative provision for the dispersal of all non-acute services, and even though it may be impossible for Local Government to provide the enhanced level of social services which will be needed to support these Health Service changes.
- secondly a concern that, although the STP avoids stating any territorial consequences flowing from the principles it sets out, it is not difficult to read into the Plan an implication that the Kent & Canterbury Hospital is the most vulnerable of the Kent and Medway hospitals to radical change, and may well be closed altogether.
The detailed letter concluded with a request for answers to three questions:
- when specific proposals arising from the STP will be made public;
- whether these will include substantial changes in the services provided at the Kent & Canterbury Hospital;
- whether, when and how public consultation will be arranged before decisions are taken on these matters.