NHS leaders have said that the majority of agreed STP (sustainability and transformation plan) proposals should be implemented by 2021, however there have been no formal plans to establish the necessary capital funding. BMA News has reported that it is likely that NHS England will provide some explanation of the capital funding available at the end of this month in the Five Year Forward View Delivery Update.
The Chancellor’s budget last week revealed that £325m would be made available for the “strongest” STPs to begin implementing the plans and the the Chancellor has also stated that more capital may be made available in the Autumn statement but did not clarify how the £9.5bn capital costs identified by the BMA would be funded.
The British Medical Association (BMA) council chair Mark Porter has said said:
‘What are people supposed to start working with this year if most projects are only to be funded by 2020/21?
‘These plans require significant upfront capital with new facilities in place, if they are to achieve their aims. NHS England’s welcome new patient care test for hospital bed closures should be extended to all service reconfigurations.’