I was a bit surprised to see a statement in the latest newsletter of the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, relating to Devon’s collective health service aiming for financial balance in 2020.
At the last Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee meeting where councillors had a briefing on the Sustainable Transformation Plan (STP) - the programme of centralisation and cuts) there was little detail on how the local NHS organisations were going to tackle a projected £500m overspend by 2020, Nor has there been any consultation, to my knowledge, except relating to the closure of community hospital beds in Eastern Devon, last year…..
The newsletter lists a stream of successes apparently achieved under the STP but no detail on how this vast sum of money is going to be clawed back.
In the meantime I have received an email from someone who is anxious that a family member may have to pay £3000 to be privately treated for varicose veins, as advised by a GP.
I have now asked for this specific issue to be included in March’s Health and Adult Scrutiny Committee’s agenda.