NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans: 14th September 2016

Anna Soubry
Will the hon. Lady give way?

Sir Simon Burns
Will the hon. Lady give way, and if not, why not?

Ms Abbott
Let me now draw my speech to a close. It is absolutely right that health and social care stakeholders should come together to plan for the future. It is absolutely wrong that social transformation plans should be hatched in secret and used as a cover for cuts and hospital closures—and it is increasingly clear that STPs may be a stalking horse for more privatisation. Conservative Members may not take this issue seriously—[Interruption]—and Conservative Members’ response may be to shout, but I stress to the House that the consequences of these STPs will be very material for all our constituents.

Anna Soubry
Will the hon. Lady give way?
 
Ms Abbott
They will also be very material for those who work in the NHS. I take this issue seriously. [Interruption.] That is why we have called the debate, and I wait with interest to hear what Ministers have to say.