Leaked report shows £577m savings plan across Hampshire healthcare

Richard Samuel
Richard Samuel

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A £577m savings plan has been leaked revealing changes the NHS will look to make in Hampshire over the next few years.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) looks at healthcare across the county and how the NHS can save money while meeting the needs of patients.

Within the report, there is a £577m savings plan which includes reducing the number of hospital beds by 300 and selling up to 19 per cent of the NHS’ estate.
BBC Radio Solent, which has seen the report, is also saying some patients will have to travel further for care including those on the Isle of Wight.

It is unclear what care may move or where specific cuts will be made.

Richard Samuel, who is leading the Hampshire STP, told BBC Radio Solent: ‘The STP is effectively the coming together of all the local plans that have been developed in local places.

‘It is about trying to fix the things that can be fixed on a bigger scale.’

He added: ‘For the first time we have got a five-year allocation, we know how much money we are going to get.

‘We are going to get £333m more over the next five years but the cost of what we do is going to grow, we will be spending 40 per cent more just on drugs.

‘If we don’t do anything, we will be left with a gap of £577m.’