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Healthwatch Hackney to hold meeting on controversial NHS plans


Healthwatch Hackney will be holding a public meeting on controversial plans to shake up NHS services and make significant savings across health and care services in north east London.

The meeting on 16 February at Pembury Community Centre will be a chance for local patients and residents to find out more about the North East London’s sustainability and transformation plan (STP).

Speakers on the night will include a lead manager from the North East London STP team, Hackney's cabinet lead for health and care Councillor Jonathan McShane and Hackney Keep Our NHS Public who are urging local councils to withhold support for the plans.

Health campaigners and doctors have widely condemned STPs because they are being imposed ‘top down’ and are likely to result in £22 bn in cuts to the NHS nationally and around £578m 'savings' in north east London, an area which includes Hackney.

As yet, it is unclear exactly how the plans will affect the number of GPs and hospital beds available to Hackney patients or how A&E closures in Redbridge will have a knock on affect on hospital demand elsewhere. We also do not know if Hackney patients will be forced to travel further for certain services.

The public meeting will run from 6pm to 8pm with speakers starting from 6.30pm. Book your place here.

For more details about the meeting email info@healthwatchhackney.co.uk or call 020 7923 8358.