To: Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Simon Stevens, CEO NHS England

STOP the new plans to dismantle our NHS.

STOP the destruction of our NHS. Call a halt to the Sustainability and Transformation Plans NOW

Why is this important?

This is the biggest attack on the NHS you've never heard of.

For the last few years the news has been full of winter and summer crisis in the NHS, with A&E's closing their doors and ambulances unable to discharge their patients.(1) Now the Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, has created a plan to solve this by CLOSING more A&Es. He thinks if you close hospitals people will stop using them. (2)

Called Sustainability and Transformation Plans he has split the country into 44 areas - called 'footprints'. Each 'footprint' was told in late December last year that they must have a plan by 30th June this year to completely change the way the NHS works. To work they have to be able to prove they can clear their massive debts within a year.

To do that they have to close services and sell land and hospitals.

Has a hospital closed near you? Is it under threat? Simon Stevens says that to make the NHS affordable we, the public, must get used to no longer having a major hospital within easy reach. This was planned in 2013, but shelved until after the 2015 election as being 'politically sensitive'. It looks like the STP has taken that off the shelf and that is very bad news. In 2013 there were 140 full A&E hospitals in England. We could be be left with between 40-70 A&Es. Closing A&Es is very bad for your health. (3)
There is a link to TTIP.
Jeremy Hunt hired Simon Stevens to take over NHS England in 2014. Before that he was President of global operations for United Health of America where he was a lobbyist for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. He didn't oppose it. He fought to open up public health services like our NHS to US private health corporations. We know TTIP and the NHS are top campaigns for 38 degrees members. (4)

Now he's in charge of our NHS! He is driving through a change which will eradicate our NHS and replace it with a US style health service. These new organisations could even be run by US corporations, holding the budgets and deciding what care will be provide and who can get it. This is what the Sustainability and Transformation Plans are doing to our NHS. See and Updates, below.


We think this is the last big battle to save our NHS. If you want it to be there for your children and grandchildren in their time of need then fight now. (6)








Another dreadful week for Jeremy Hunt:

I've also grouped them together on a page here:

Find out which 'Footprint' you are in by scrolling down to the map here:-

Reasons for signing

  • I'm self-employed and there's no way I can afford private health care. My family and I need the NHS to still be in place if we ever need treatment - having supported it all my working life via the tax I've paid (being self-employed is not a way to dodge taxes!) I'd like us to be able to use the NHS free of charge, as intended, if ever we need to.
  • The NHS is at the heart of our society, paid for through our taxes, and available to everyone, free at the point of use. Fight to keep it, we can't afford to lose it.
  • Because most of us will rely on NHS...we can't afford private health care.


2017-03-16 16:52:53 +0000

Update March 2017

Behind the derisory £325m STP funding in Hammond’s Spring Budget (for a few “most advanced” STPs) is the plan for 50% of STP funding to be sourced from private companies via Local Economic Partnerships by 2020 – please see section below: “Strategic partnerships with the NHS and the 39 Local Economic Partnerships”

2017-03-14 10:20:32 +0000

More councils have rejected the STP plans, is yours mentioned here:-

2017-03-11 15:17:58 +0000

Although TTIP is just about defunct, CETA is still very much on the table. Now Trump has the upper hand and wants more of his Corporations to muscle in on our health care.
The STPs make this much easier for them. Stop the STPs. Tell your friends, share the petition.

2017-03-03 14:08:41 +0000

The big NHS Demo in London tomorrow is concentrating minds....however we must not let the simple call for more NHS funding, to take our minds off the real reason for concern, which is the NHS service redesign to suit profiteers.

2017-03-03 14:05:32 +0000

Simon Stevens is getting worried and reporting that he is asking Trusts not to cut any more beds until Care in the Community can be demonstrated to be reducing hospital attendance. This was reported yesterday in the Times as well (with a paywall).

2017-02-27 16:57:21 +0000

Which company wrote the STP document for your footprint? Attain wrote the one for West Yorkshire footprint number 5 and now we find Pricewaterhouse Cooper (PwC) involved in Lincolnshire. Has your hospital reconfiguration been referred to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel(IRP),the Chair of which is hospital reconfiguration advisor to PwC it seems?

2017-02-16 04:48:48 +0000

Published today the full list of A&E downgrades and closures with some still to be decided.
As predicted in our petition started last May.

2017-02-07 20:16:46 +0000

While the press kept everyone talking with the 'dead cat' strategy of immigrant charges, news was quietly slipped out about 1 in 6 A&E closures or downgrades.

2017-02-02 16:24:06 +0000

2017-02-02 16:20:31 +0000

2017-01-20 14:38:26 +0000

38degrees new research, picked up by ITV amplifies what we've been saying since May 2016.
Watch now and share!

2017-01-11 16:17:09 +0000

Next Howl January 28th 2017
Please sign up for the 'Thunderclap'! The social media 'reach' in December was a million people! Even if you can't attend an event, your social media involvement will be very helpful.

Thunderclap link

and check event on FaceBook for updates as even if you are not signed up to Facebook, you should be able to see the page.

Please share the short urls for social media:-

event details



If you can't find a 'Howl' near you please organise one. Tell us through the petition or e-mail STP_Agony Aunt
and we'll share it.
Many thanks.

2017-01-11 16:08:23 +0000

New Howls on 28 Jan 2017.
Please share the short urls for social media:-

event details



Sharing the social media links will be a great help. Thank you.

2016-12-21 20:06:45 +0000

2016-12-21 20:02:56 +0000

We're delivering a letter to NHS England asking the Board Chair and members to resign, at the Leeds Howl. Sign it by 10pm 22 December to be included!

2016-12-18 15:34:17 +0000

Downloadable template to Heath and Wellbeing Board 'Chair' here:-

2016-12-08 02:06:55 +0000

2016-11-21 19:04:25 +0000

The map in this link is being updated daily with new STPs for areas, as they are published.
Is yours there yet?

2016-11-18 13:28:04 +0000

Watch the embedded video Jeremy Hunt drops a clanger . It's chiller . Janis T
Thanks Janis.

2016-11-09 16:19:09 +0000

This article highlights the need to be aware of appointment clerks telling you there are no appointments in the hospital of your choice, or that there is too long a waiting list, that on Choose and Book, you can choose, but can't book...We have been struggling with these issues in North Kirklees since 2013...and demanding services where we want them. Then there's the phenomenon of GPs sending patients to privately provided Audiology tests and patients not realising they can choose NHS tests (and there being money in it for the GPs allegedly.)

2016-11-07 23:07:58 +0000

Check out our website for the 'flatpack' campaign materials to customise for your area.

2016-11-07 23:05:31 +0000

Many news items are restricted to local newspapers and news sites.

2016-11-07 23:03:25 +0000

It is indicative of how much ordinary people don't know about the fragmentation and profit making companies in the NHS, when you watch this film.
How can they know about 9,000 missing NHS records and a private company's involvement:-

2016-11-02 21:00:18 +0000

2016-10-31 19:32:30 +0000

2016-10-31 19:31:54 +0000

The letter in the link above, shows that the NHS Providers, ie NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts want to have the freedom to cease to provide comprehensive services due to the lack of money. This is like asking to abolish what the NHS was and is still supposed to be!

Today, the media storm about MP Sarah Wollaston's exposure of his erroneous claims about injecting £10bn into the NHS erupted in the newspapers and online.

2016-10-19 21:01:55 +0100

Sarah Wollaston MP, chair of the Health Select Committee, exposes Jeremy Hunt's duplicity.

2016-08-27 21:43:20 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2016-08-06 11:02:57 +0100

The research highlighted in this report indicates that the Government's sudden shift to widespread use of the private sector is a "radical" experiment, which has the potential to go "catastrophically wrong."

2016-05-21 11:45:15 +0100

We’re told the project is about ‘strengthening local relationships’ and building on ‘local energy and enthusiasm’ to achieve ‘genuine and sustainable transformation in patient experience and health outcomes’.

But in fact, the Guidance contains some very specific requirements that will test these new collaborations to the limits and usher in a new wave of privatisations and huge cuts.

Each footprint area must agree a five-year plan locally (2)- by the end of June 2016 – which MUST include proposals to bring their area into financial balance within 2016-17. For England as a whole, this means cuts amounting to £2.3billion. The plan must achieve this by implementing new models of care as set out in the NHSE Five Year Forward View (3). Oh – and it must explain how all of this will improve clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction .

That’s clearly a nonsense.

2016-05-20 17:20:39 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2016-05-14 07:15:43 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2016-05-13 19:23:57 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-05-13 16:28:35 +0100


2016-05-13 15:02:11 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-05-13 14:28:41 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-05-13 14:07:17 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-05-13 13:47:13 +0100

10 signatures reached