Manchester Royal Infirmary [Image: Manchester Evening News].

Another NHS service axed – because of an “NHS England review… that had made it impossible to retain or hire staff” – would that be one of the now-infamous “Sustainability and Transformation Plans” (STPs)?

It seems to This Writer that these documents have been produced under a misnomer.

Instead of “Sustainability and Transformation”, I propose that these documents be renamed “Death Of Our Medicine” (DOOM) plans.

After all, that is what they are intended to do – doom us to an eternity of substandard healthcare – unless we can afford to pay for the upgraded service the Tories want to reserve for themselves.

If you can’t – and you voted Conservative on June 8 – you need to ask yourself what you were thinking.

Patients with serious congenital heart conditions have been left reeling after finding out their service is to be axed from Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust has abruptly ended all surgery for adults with the condition due to lack of staffing – meaning those awaiting operations will have to travel up to 150 miles.

CMFT said the lack of staffing at its adult congenital heart service, part of MRI’s heart centre, was the result of an NHS England review into its future that had made it impossible to retain or hire staff.

Source: Manchester Royal Infirmary axes specialist heart service – Manchester Evening News

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