Sustainability and Trasformation Plans (STP) are being drawn up in secret by bodies that lack any legal status with no public consultation and from that process we are now seeing the emergence of Accountable Care Systems and Organisations (ACS/O). These too lack any public engagement, transparency or legal status.
So far US-style Accountable Care Systems are planned in just eight regions but we have good reason to fear that the intention is to roll out this system across the whole of England eventually.
We have good reason to fear the impact that ACS will have on the healthcare system that is available to us. This post will aim to explain why.