James Evison 18 November 2016

NHS savings plans not realistic, claims CIPFA

Cash-saving strategies developed under the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) do not have enough detail to prove problems will be tackled, according to a report by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

One of the core findings was the majority of plans included an assessment of social care pressures, but did not set out a joint approach between councils and health partners to tackle the problems raised.

The report on the STPs – which aim to show how local services will evolve and become sustainable over the next five years – claims some of the plans ‘fail to set out a credible case’ for delivering saving plans.

CIPFA analysed nine STPs of the 44 being developed across England as part of attempts by the NHS to close the financial gap of £30bn by 2020.

But the institute claimed the plans failed to ‘quantify the risk’ of additional pressures occurring on the NHS – and therefore savings not being delivered. The report said contingency planning must be included to ensure the plans were achievable.

It also stated that saving targets were over-optimistic – as savings were not shown as a percentage of relevant spend.

The report found there was more scope for STPs to make better use of integrated working,

CEO of CIPFA Rob Whiteman said: 'In order to improve care for local communities, STPs will have to make tough choices to deliver meaningful change.

'However, it is of vital importance that STPs fully assess whether the actions proposed can actually meet savings targets and boost the quality of services by doing robust financial planning.

'STPs are our best shot at making our health and social care sustainable for future generations. Therefore, local leaders and NHS providers must do all they can to ensure that the proposals are deliverable.'

For more on STPs visit The MJ (£).

For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Payroll Specialist

Essex County Council
Up to £34805 per annum + + 26 Days Leave & Defined Benefits Pension
Closing Date
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Payroll & People Advisor - Permanent

Essex County Council
Up to £27338 per annum + + 25 Days Leave & Defined Benefit Pension
Closing Date
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Payroll & People Advisor - 12-month Fixed Term Contract

Essex County Council
Up to £27338 per annum + + 25 Days Leave & Defined Benefit Pension
Payroll & People Advisor - 12-month Fixed Term Contract Closing Date
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Waste Manager

Isle of Wight Council
£42,923 to £46,402 per annum
We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated individual County Hall, Newport / Agile
Recuriter: Isle of Wight Council

Engineer (Client Team)

Manchester City Council
£35,336 to £39,571 (Bar at £38,553) per annum 
The post holder will be responsible for supporting the Client Team Manager Manchester, Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Manchester City Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.