The following letter has been sent to all our local MPs. We are calling on them to ask the Secretary of State to halt Future Fit. He can do that under the 2012 Health & Social Care Act because the decision has been referred to him by Telford & Wrekin Council. The Secretary of State has asked his Independent Reconfiguration Panel [IRP] to make recommendations, but the final decision is his. We made our own 124-page submission to the IRP which was accepted to be included in the Panel’s deliberations. You can download it from here.
On the 18th February, Telford and Wrekin Councillors voted unanimously to refer the decision on Future Fit to Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. That referral is now with the Independent Reconfiguration Panel.
The reality is that Future Fit will lead to worse healthcare not just for the people of Telford and Wrekin, but for Shropshire and Powys people too. It is also clear that Future Fit cannot solve the financial crisis in our local NHS, but will exacerbate it.