STP – Slash, Trash and Privatise


‘Defend the NHS – Wirral’ and ‘999 Call For The NHS’ have contacted us to share their concerns about ‘Sustainability & Transformation Partnerships’ (STP). Of course we’re suspicious of anything with ‘Transformation’ in the title. And certainly anything touched by the dead hand of Wirral Council leader Cllr Phil ‘Power Boy Pip’ Davies.

Therefore we proudly present a crash course kindly provided by the above pressure groups as to why we all need to be concerned about  STPs.

The STPs are the vehicle to ‘slash, trash and privatise’. You can find all the gory details here:

The story of Wirral Council’s leader and his steps from willing participant to Damascene conversion to unconversion along the road to health and well-being (taken from published minutes inter alia).

Step 1: 9th March 2016 Health & Wellbeing Board. Phil Davies in the chair.

“The Board discussion included a focus on: How the Wirral Plan and 20 Pledges related to the work of the Board; How the Plan related to the emerging NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan; and How the Board could add value to help deliver more effective and efficient partnership working to achieve our priorities.

The Board agreed that a follow up discussion was required to understand and agree, within the Wirral Plan and emerging strategies:- Which strategies were top priorities for the Board; and Which strategies does the Board wish to; Lead; Influence; or be kept informed – included in Figure 1 of the report.

To help inform the follow up discussion, the report brought together some supporting information. This aimed to draw out the strategic linkages between the draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the Wirral Plan in order to help partners agree the future focus, priorities and strategic direction for the Board. 

Councillor Phil Davies cautioned against duplicating work and suggested the focus be on how, as a Board, members could add value to the whole agenda.”

Step 2: 13th July Health & Wellbeing Board. Phil Davies in the chair.

“Jon Develing, Chief Officer, Wirral CCG presented the report to brief members of the Health and Well Being Board on sustainability and transformation plans for Cheshire and Mersey and how this would be informed by a local delivery services plan for Wirral….…Members welcomed the report and agreed it would be a good framework and focus for the Health and Wellbeing Board with helpful ties to the Wirral 20:20 Plan.
Resolved – That the development of the Healthy Wirral Local Delivery System Plan and the mechanism by which this will feed into the wider development of the Cheshire and Mersey STP be noted and endorsed.”

Step 3: 16th November Health & Wellbeing Board. Phil Davies in the chair.

This is the day the STP was officially published. Board papers included the milestones and timetable for the Sustainability and Transformation Plans and associated operational plan. Apparently glitches on the CCG web site were disrupting further dissemination. Item 4 on the agenda was the sustainability and transformation plan (STP) and a verbal report from Graham Hodkinson, Director for Health & Care. Councillor Davies refused both to take the item and to allow any questions or comments from the audience. The exchange is available on video via  about two minutes in.

Step 4: Wirral Globe 21st November

Sit down before you read this…Leader of Wirral Council Phil Davies says: “we are extremely unhappy that elected members and officers have not been involved in the process of producing STPs and we will not sign up to any of the proposals until we have had an opportunity to discuss the contents of the STP and effective arrangements put in place to engage our residents.”  READERS FALL OVER IN AMAZEMENT…

Step 5: November: Angela Eagle, MP for Wallasey (Wirral) statement:

”Yesterday I sat down with Phil Davies, leader of Wirral Borough Council, to discuss the Tory government’s plans for a billion pound in cuts to our local NHS. These cuts threaten the future of acute care across the whole of the Wirral. It became clear very quickly that the plans are yet another top-down set of cuts and reorganisations, imposed by the arrogant Tory government, on the Wirral, and that neither Phil nor I have had any say on the plans at all. It is wrong for the Government to act in complete defiance and without any consultation with local people, workers and their representatives. Sign our petition today at to register your concerns.”

Step 6: 28th November Wirral People Overview Scrutiny Committee:

Rejected the Cheshire & Merseyside STP.

The plan was also rejected by Cheshire West and Chester Health and Wellbeing Board on 16th November, by Sefton Council on 17th November, and by the Liverpool Health and Wellbeing Board on 1st December. These have all been widely reported. Knowsley Council have joined the opposition.

Step 7: December 2016 full Council meeting:

 “agrees to write to the Secretary of State for Health and call on the government to withdraw these Plans immediately with a view to holding urgent discussions with key partners, including local Councils, on how good quality health and social care services can be provided going forward [sic] based on continuing to provide a National Health Service which is properly funded and free at the point of need.”  

There is no evidence that the letter was written or a reply received.

Step 8: July 2017 Phil Davies writes:

“I don’t see any sign that STPs are going away, although they have been re-badged as Five Year Forward View Delivery Plans. Locally, we have committed to integrated commissioning, and that naturally leads to the question of how the providers are going to respond.  There have been a series of workshops, led by Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC), to explore what our view is about accountable care on Wirral.  What has come out of that is that there are a number of options, ranging from a single ‘organisation’ through to an ‘alliance of providers’ and a couple of stops in between.  The very strong view currently expressed by the providers (and that includes the GPs) is that they do not want a single Accountable Care Organisation, so we are talking about an Accountable Care System…”


The cuts have already started – Wirral CCG ran something called a ‘consultation exercise’ late in 2016. It’s part of the STP but they don’t say that too loudly. And it asked the public for their opinions on proposals to cut a whole list of medical services. [And they’ve already been ending contracts for valuable work.]

So, rather than simple clinical decisions, the public were invited to vote in some kind of treatment beauty contest. People in other parts of the country are being asked to vote on different lists. The local NHS is becoming a postcode lottery.

Meanwhile the cuts have been happening for years because we and the NHS are being ROBBED.

Last year US drug giant Pfizer increasing the price of 100mg packs of an anti-epilepsy drug from £2.83 to £67.50.

We are being robbed by the PFI (private finance initiative) – hospitals built and then leased back to the NHS at eye-watering rates of interest, often by firms which also blacklist trade unionists.

And it’s happening close to home. Not many Wirral residents know that 20 of their local GPs are in cahoots with Richard Branson. Yes, the tax ‘avoider’ Richard Branson runs Virgin Care – and they are in a surgery near you. It’s not a huge contract BUT Branson is biding his time until the NHS collapses and he and his collaborators are asked to pick up the pieces and run a service on the cheap ‘in the community’.

We’re being robbed by accountancy firms like Price Waterhouse Cooper, brought in and paid £300,000 by the Cheshire & Merseyside STP to identify where the STP can make cuts.

Most of all we’re being robbed by the madness of running something we never used to have – an NHS market. Thousands of managers, administrators, lawyers, accountants, inspectors, regulators employed simply to oil the wheels of awarding contracts to private firms. Privatisation does NOT save money. The cost of running the NHS commissioning ‘market’ takes about 15% of the total budget.

So hospital waiting lists get longer and you can’t get an appointment with your GP despite the fantastic efforts of NHS doctors, nurses, paramedics and other staff whose wages have been frozen and whose conditions get worse. Medicines previously available on free prescription now have to be bought.

Why? Not because we need to ‘save’ money. The NHS is almost the cheapest health service in the developed world.

So why the problems?

Because there have already been billions and billions of pounds worth of cuts.

Because of the robberies listed.

Because staff aren’t been recruited and trained.

But most of all because this government WANTS to destroy the NHS and force us into some US-style insurance scheme.

That’s the emergency in brief.


9 thoughts on “STP – Slash, Trash and Privatise

  1. Ok, I am almost totally convinced… any chance of the list of the 20 Wirral GPS with the Branson connection?

  2. Thoroughly depressing. But I don’t trust the likes of the CBI’s Angela Eagle, West Kirby’s Phil Davies, abusive DASS’s Graham Hodkinson and their fellow local councils to successfully fight it off. They’re a cowardly busted flush, content only to feign bogus sympathy, talk big, spew “common purpose jargon” moving forward (sic) whilst ramming their snouts into the trough and drawing their regular salaries, expenses and allowances.

    These are hard right believers in the “care market” and have absolutely no incentive to do anything but go through the motions and pay lip service to any kind of concerted action.

  3. Just a couple of comments pertaining to this excellent piece.

    A close family member attends the superb pain clinic at Clatterbridge Hospital where a dedicated staff make every effort to ease the debilitating effects of arthritis, spinal problems and other causes of acute pain.
    A few months ago she received a personal letter from the Unit telling her that the C.Q.C. proposed withdrawing funding for pain relief which, the letter stated, had been proved to be almost 70% effective.
    The recipients were asked to lobby their Members of Parliament with a view to the proposed cuts, and probable closure of the unit, being withdrawn

    I immediately wrote on her behalf to Margaret Greenwood.
    I received an anodyne response but no follow up and decided that further correspondence with this lady was pointless.
    The unit is still operating but, I believe, on borrowed time which will be a dreadful result for the many Wirral residents who obtain relief.
    No doubt the very large sums of money paid out to consultants to advise on the STP cuts would keep this unit running for a considerable time.

    PFIs, which are crippling the running costs of schools, hospitals and other public buildings were, I believe, the brain child of former Chancellor Gordon Brown designed to keep the costs off the Treasury books.

    On another matter.

    May I give a plug to my . Grove Road surgery has, for the second year running, been voted the best on the Wirral by its patients.
    My family have never, ever failed to obtain an appointment on the day it was requested.
    Doctors, nurses and reception staff are not only dedicated but a pleasure to deal with.

  4. G’day Leaks

    Seeing as my first letter to the clowncillors to Clowncillor “Emergency” Ward (10year old) was so popular ala “Highbrow’s” idea I thought I would write to his pre-school clowncillor mate and particular favourite of you Leaky

    Dear Clowncillor “Little Matty Patty”

    So sorry you are not in “Philly Liar’s 20-20 plan but you do have to be 20 and have to have shagged 20 senior officers and/or 20 clowncillors, male or female Wirral is definitely not homophobic, bigoted and definitely not decent.

    I bet you stick your two fingers up to all those bullies at school who thought you were a suck holing teachers pet and jealous of you having clowncillor “The Pretend Friend” as your “mentor” in all the pitfalls at the clown hall.

    I do hope mummy and daddy have warned you about him because he befriends people like “Highbrow” and then shafts them where the sun don’t shine, just ask him.

    Saying that he might not be an issue because by the time you become a threat to anyone’s career there he will be long gone to a very hot place.

    Good riddens boyo.

    You must be so jealous of Clowncillor “Emergency” Ward (10year old) for having a disaster and beating you at a reading an interview to Roger “Lightbulb” on that rubbish radio station over Kev and Stella’s Stinking Stagnant wirral Waters.

    Don’t worry kid mixing with that cabal you will have your own disaster to deal with soon especially if you stay mates with the welsh egit and “Missus bilong him Nurse Rat”



    I do wish you everything you deserve my boy, you deserve it the way you act.

    Suck hole.


    Please reply soon Clowncillor Little Kid.

  5. Remember this…?

    ‘Wirral public sector services set to pool their budgets to create massive £2bn fund’??? – agreed at the “Wirral Partnership Summit” September 2015? Wirral ‘Partnership massive £2bn fund’ is just a(nother) figment of Cllr Phil Davies’ imagination.


    1. Wirral GP Commissioning Consortium
    2. Wirral NHS Alliance
    3. Wirral Primary Care Trust
    4. Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

    Kaiser Permanente provides a ‘complete model’ of integrated pre-paid insurance along with healthcare which is supposedly provided free at the point of need.

    Chair of Wirral CCG ““Our vision as partners is to re-shape health services and social care in Wirral while supporting people to take more responsibility for looking after their own health.”

    And Cllr Phil Davies wants to ‘add value’….doesn’t that just have you feeling better already?

  6. Which way the wind blows

    There Pip Davies must go

    Reading THE Sun a secret treat

    A piglet on the teats of the sow

    Whichever way the wind doth blow

    integrity for sale in BRIGHTON street

    • G’day Mate

      I wonder if the Dill Wit will take his paper to the Hillsborough event?

      He is that fucking stupid.



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