This Plan sets out why we need to transform health and care services across Devon.
It has seven main priorities, one of which is to secure clinically and financially sustainable acute hospital services across Devon.
Acute services are currently provided for the people of Devon by our four major hospitals (in Barnstaple, Exeter, Plymouth and Torbay). The review will have three parts:
- Examine the gaps in our current acute services and/or whether we are fully meeting the national clinical standards to achieve ‘best care for Devon’.
- Identify those acute services that are vulnerable because of workforce shortages, or other challenges and which are at risk of becoming unsustainable in the near future.
- Engage our staff, stakeholders and the public on what they consider to be most important about the acute services within the Review and the criteria for decision-making
Across Devon, staff are working hard to deliver a good standard of care to patients. But we know we are not consistently delivering care in line with national best practice and we are doing this at too high a cost.
Devon’s hospitals are currently spending £50 million more per year than they receive in funding. A large proportion of this overspend is on agency and locum clinical staff, which is a good indicator that services are becoming unsustainable.
If we do nothing, this overspend on acute hospital services will increase to £305 million by 2021.
The aim of the review is to make sure Devon’s acute hospital services are fit for the future and provide the best possible care for our patients.
Because this is such an important issue for Devon, it will rightly involve months of collaboration, discussion and planning within, between and outside of our hospitals to come up with proposals to ensure we achieve our shared goal of sustainable acute and specialist service provision across Devon.