Local Health Bosses have conceded, based on their own ‘survey’, that there needs to be a number of key things in place for their “MY CARE MY WAY – HOME FIRST” plan to work. They are each listed below and followed in turn with questions we want answers to.
Heath Bosses say that they will ……………….
A)“Ensure that there is capacity in community services to support” their plans
But we say, to do this it’s necessary to produce facts & figures now publicly which show
the number of people who currently need ‘community services’
how many health workers currently support their needs
details of what that ‘support’ entails. EG How much time care workers have for each community visit?
how many more people will be needed to deliver ‘support’ if your new model is implemented
Bearing in mind there is already a shortage of community workers where will these extra ones come from?
Will these workers be properly trained and employed directly on trade union rates of pay and conditions or will they be from agencies?
B) “Reassure the public about the future of community hospitals” The only way that the ‘public’ could be ‘reassured’ about the future of our community hospitals is if you guarantee their continued existence. So far you have refused to do so. Will you do that now?
C) “Ensure that there will be support for spouse/family/carer”
To do this it is necessary to produce facts & figures now publicly which show
1) the number of spouses/families/carers who currently need ‘support’
2) how many health workers currently support their needs
3) details of what that ‘support’ entails
4) how many more people will be needed to deliver this ‘support’ if your new model is implemented
5) where will these extra people come from?
6) Will these workers be properly trained? Will they be employed directly on trade union rates of pay & conditions or will from agencies?
D) “Ensure patients will be followed up in the community” This is so vague that it effectively has no meaning! There are cases now in Stoke-on-Trent where patients at home are being told to phone a number if they need help. Is this what is meant by ‘followed up’? CCG’s need to give specific details of what is meant here. For example, how often will patients be ‘followed up’, by whom and for how long?
E) “Ensure that this is carefully implemented” This is also so vague that it effectively has no meaning! Health bosses need to state what is meant by ‘carefully implement’.
F) “Ensure investment is made to support changes to the model of care.” The government is in the process of taking another £22 billion out of our NHS. Even if the ‘investment’ is found from somewhere to ‘support the changes’ where will it come from? It could only possibly be found by cutting funding from another service provided by our NHS. Which service/s would that be?
For local Health Bosses to carry out any sort of meaningful consultation our questions need to be answered. We demand, in the name of 10,000 local people who are backing the SAVE LONGTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL campaign that these answers are provided now.