Today, 13th September, Shropshire CCG nodded through the next stage of the ‘Future Fit’ NHS cuts and closures plan. The ‘Pre-Consultation Business Case’ has been approved by the CCGs and will be submitted to NHS England for assurance on Friday. ‘Consultation’ – in a manner of speaking – will probably begin in mid-October and run for 14 weeks.
Last month, the two CCGs – Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin – published an independent review of Future Fit, carried out by KPMG. The review identified ‘three overarching areas for attention’ and added ‘We recommend these are addressed by the programme before moving to public consultation’. Has that been done? No, very conspicuously not. Continue reading