Following the King’s Fund report into Sustainability and Transformation Plans, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:
“The King’s Fund report provides an intelligent and balanced description of STPs. In acute medicine we continue to face unprecedented demand for our service and so any reduction in the provision of acute care resources at this stage would not be welcome.
“The underlying philosophy of STPs is clearly laudable; the key will be implementation. The virtue of the King’s Fund report is highlighting the need for progress but balancing this with the situation the NHS now finds itself.
“In acute medicine we need to be convinced that moving resources away from hospitals will see a corresponding reduction in our volume of work. The ball is the court of STPs to convince us of their ability to deliver on their promises.
“The King’s Fund report acknowledges our concerns. STPs now have obligation to digest the report and engage in meaningful discussions with stakeholders and those who have expertise in this field, including the Society for Acute Medicine.”