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  • Midlands NHS system accused of “largely excluding” councils’ leaders from plans
  • Council chief says NHS cannot explain what an ICS is
  • Local authorities say current governance not “fit for purpose”
  • Background of NHS/council tensions on patch

Two councils have accused their local NHS of failing to involve them in its system planning, and complained about how an integrated care system is being developed.

A joint letter from senior figures in Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council to their local sustainability and transformation partnership leadership this week said: “Our executive members have been largely excluded from the development of local transformation plans.

“This is a concern, as from their inception, these transformation plans were expected to provide a view of health improvement beyond that of the NHS.”

It comes as STPs and ICSs are required to imminently submit their final five-year system plans, setting out how they plan to implement the NHS long-term plan.

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