Call for emergency debate on Liverpool’s health change plans


All councils in England must urgently debate the Sustainability Transformation Plans which are soon to be published


Liverpool’s Liberal Democrat Group have today written to the Lord Mayor asking for an emergency debate at Wednesday’s council meeting on the Health transformation plans which were leaked last week and which will be formally published on 16th November.

In his request letter to the Lord Mayor Cllr Kemp says that it is important that the Council considers what is happening to our Health Service at the earliest possible opportunity particularly as there is no further council for 2 months.

The Lib Dem motion calls for a full review of the proposals by both the Health and Well Board and the Health Select Committee. It calls for an independent report on which measures are clinically recommended and those which are being done purely to save money. Cllr Kemp instances the debate about the Women’s Hospital where full attention is not being paid to the clinical recommendations

The letter to the Lord Mayor including the suggested motion is appended below.

Cllr Richard Kemp CBE,

16, Dovedale Road,

Liverpool L18 1DW

Cllr Roz Gladden,

Lord Mayor of Liverpool,

Town Hall,

Liverpool 1

7th November 2016

Dear Lord Mayor,

Emergency motion on the Sustainable Transformation Plans for Liverpool

If you recall we spoke recently about the problems of the Women’s Hospital and the way that health was being used as a political football rather than looking at the clear clinical evidence which is emerging as techniques and knowledge improve.

I believe that the same is happening with regard to the STPs which will be formally published on 16th November but parts of which were sent to local MPs and councils last week. They then immediately became the subject of politicking by members from all Parties.

On that basis I would ask you to consider putting the resolution below to council. The matter arose after the Council agenda was published and it will be some 2 months from the official publication of the STP to the next council meeting.

I believe that this matter is such an important one that it needs to be publicly discussed in full council before then.

I hope that you will agree with me.

Yours sincerely,


Cllr Richard Kemp CBE

Leader, Liverpool Liberal Democrats

Greater Liverpool and Cheshire Sustainable Transformation Plan

Council notes with concern the leaked STP plans for the reconfiguration of health services in our region.

It believes that unlikely that a health plan which covers an area from Southport to Macclesfield based on the academic deanery of the medical school of Liverpool University is likely to lead to an adequate plan based on patient need.

It notes that the STP for Greater Manchester has been drawn up by the combined authority and that councils have been a major player in drawing up that plan and that therefore it has a full consideration of health care; social card and public health as well as the need to look at health institutions.

It notes the need for a major review of the way our health services are delivered noting that nationally

27% of visits to hospital A & E department do not require the services of an A and E department.

50% of visits to GPs do not require the services of a GP.

There have been big cuts recently announced in community based pharmacy outlets which could be better used to expand services to relieve GPs which could then relieve A and E departments.

It believes that that:

1.      Councils in the Liverpool City Region should recognise the early successes of Greater Manchester in democratically reconfiguring health services and demand that health services be devolved to the City Region.

2.    That a report be prepared for both the Liverpool Health & Wellbeing Board and the Health Scrutiny Committee which indicates those changes for which there is a clear clinical justification and those which are solely based on financial pressures; and

3.      That the council requests the CCG and the Health and Wellbeing Board to work jointly to produce a comprehensive plan to move money into neighbourhood and community services to stop people falling ill because of excess sugar, alcohol, salt, drugs, unsafe sex and excess fat.

Richard Kemp

About richardkemp

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool. Deputy Chair and Lib Dem Spokesperson on the LGA Community Wellbeing Board. Married to the lovely Cllr Erica Kemp CBE with three children and four grandchildren.
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