Knebworth Parish Council

Serving the people of Knebworth

Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships’ Consultation

STP commissioners' public consultations on proposals for service changes is underway

Local people are being consulted about their views on a series of proposals designed to make best use of the money available to the NHS, while helping as many people as possible to live healthier, longer lives and avoid preventable illnesses. National shortages of NHS staff mean that we have to make sure that doctors', nurses' and other specialists' time is used wisely.
These proposals are about:

  • Tightening up existing rules so that people who smoke or whose weight is classified as 'obese' are required to make bigger improvements to their health before non-urgent surgery – unless a longer wait for surgery would be harmful
  • Limiting the routine prescription of food supplements, as well as medicines and products that can be bought without prescription for short-term conditions and minor ailments
  • Restricting the prescribing of gluten-free foods
  • Stopping NHS funding for female sterilisation procedures
  • Reducing or stopping the availability of NHS-funded IVF (in vitro fertilisation) and specialist fertility services except in exceptional circumstances. West Essex CCG is also consulting its residents on this issue.

The consultation is running until 14 September 2017. To find out more or to complete the survey, go to

Posted: Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:50 by Claire Graham

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