“We don’t have any more insight into this – although this has always been our main concern about Sustainability and Transformation Plans in that they are developed almost in secret.
To date we don’t know anything about the STPs in the South East. Our primary concern on this proposal is of course around nursing and patient care. A Trust this size would be massive and logistically hard to manage without leading to cuts. It is vital that with any proposals such as this that you don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Snap cuts in the short term often lead to headaches further down the line.
The Royal College of Nursing expects that any changes to services and staff roles should be in the best interests of patients and be based on enabling the delivery of quality of care - not financially driven. STPs will affect everybody whether they are a patient or staff. At the moment it is impossible to say with certainty if the plan for Coastal Sussex is a good or bad idea such is the secrecy surrounding it, however any planning done without proper involvement of staff groups including trade unions is going to fall flat.
We would welcome the opportunity to sit down with any STP group and really look at what the plans will mean for the workforce and ask that each STP establishes a partnership forum at STP level. Current employers within each STP area must involve their local staff side. These are urgent and necessary actions to ensure a fair and transparent process.”