Dismay at Deborah Orr’s unusually ill-informed article on Simon Stevens’ Next Steps for Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships

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“Published last Friday, Simon Stevens’ document takes another big step towards realising Jeremy Hunt’s plans to replace the NHS with an American-style insurance system. It is clear about the intention to make Sustainability and Transformation Plans – now renamed Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships – into Accountable Care Systems.

Accountable Care Systems copy the US health insurance system. They are being spun as A Good Thing because they end the purchaser/provider split. Don’t fall for the spin.

Accountable Care Systems/Organisations are mechanisms for denying care by choosing to treat only patients who represent “best value for money” – ie are cheapest to treat, and most likely to have the best health recovery as a result of treatment. The Next Steps document keeps banging on about how they are going to enable “demand management” ie reduce patients’ access to care.”

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STP Agony Aunt usually likes reading Deborah Orr’s columns – so she was dismayed by the reporter’s ill-informed applause in her weekend Guardian column for Simon Stevens’ Next Steps for Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships.

Published last Friday, Simon Stevens’ document  takes another big step towards realising Jeremy Hunt’s plans to replace the NHS with an American-style insurance system. It is clear about the intention to make Sustainability and Transformation Plans – now renamed Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships – into Accountable Care Systems.

Accountable Care Systems copy the US health insurance system. They are being spun as A Good Thing because they end the purchaser/provider split. Don’t fall for the spin.

Accountable Care Systems/Organisations are mechanisms for denying care by choosing to treat only patients who represent “best value for money” – ie are cheapest to treat, and most likely to have the best health recovery as a result of…

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5 thoughts on “Dismay at Deborah Orr’s unusually ill-informed article on Simon Stevens’ Next Steps for Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships

  1. The Trojan horse approach. It seems we never learn. Systems of government will always be corrupted by the same old greedy criminal scumbags. The dance is going entirely the wrong way at the moment. A push back is required. Which is why things like your blog are so damned valuable.

    Talking of scumbags, I’m writing a book and I mention the government, pharmaceutical industry and welfare services. I’m wondering what kind of disclaimer I should put in it because I’m new to all of this. Would you happen to know anything about this Kitty? If not or you’re too busy, then don’t worry(I mean that), but if you do, then please would you drop me a line via my blog’s contact page. Thank you very much. David.

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      1. Ah forgive me. I thought you might already know given the nature of the blog, but it was a long shot.
        Don’t worry. I can look into it myself. You have your hands full writing these great posts so I’d rather you stick to that 😉

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