9th January 2017
By Rashleigh MacFarlane
A two-week period of public consultation starts today (Monday) which could shape the future of the National Health Service in Cornwall.
The first of a series of public meetings takes place in Bude this afternoon. Others this week will follow in Penzance, the Isles of Scilly and Bodmin. Next week sees meetings in Falmouth, St Austell, Liskeard, Truro and Pool. The following Monday there is a meeting in Newquay.
The “consultation” concerns the future of community hospitals as NHS bosses seek to make cuts of at least £140 million and possibly £220 million. Although the draft Sustainability and Transpormation Plan (STP) lacks any detail, officials have warned that no hospital is safe, and advised that some non-clinical NHS workers might lose their jobs.
The STP will eventually be decided by Heath Secretary Jeremy Hunt, setting the direction for health and social care in Cornwall for the next five years.
At the heart of the document is the idea that “prevention is better than cure” and that some patients might be better treated at home, rather than in hospital.
The STP’s declared aims are to:
- Improve the health and wellbeing of the local population.
- Improve the quality of local health and care services.
- Deliver financial stability in the local health and care system.
The Transformation Board is made up of all the leaders from the major public sector health and care organisations in Cornwall.
Phil Confue, Senior Responsible Officer for the Sustainability and Transformation Plan and Chief Executive of the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “In the next five years, we have a once in a generation opportunity to change the way we provide health and social care services for the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
“The current health and social care system needs reform and we must seize the moment. Lifestyles, communities and technology have changed and our approach has become outdated, fragmented and reactive.
“Local services must adapt to meet the needs of the current and future population – including those who visit our region each year. We must put more focus and resources into preventing ill health, keeping people in their homes or communities and adapting services for a growing, ageing and technology enabled population.
“We want to continue to involve the local community in developing the solutions in the months ahead and we want to hear from as many people as possible on the priorities and approach we are taking. The time and opportunity has come to take control and shape our own future.”
The draft STP was launched in November and remains open for consultation until Friday, 20th January 2017. People who cannot get to public meetings are being urged to share their thoughts online.
Monday, 9 January 3:00 - 4:30pm: Bude Parkhouse Centre
Tuesday, 10 January 7:00 - 8:30pm: St John’s Hall, Penzance
Thursday, 12 January 10:30 - 12noon: Wesleyan Chapel, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly
Thursday, 12 January 3:00 - 4:30pm: Bodmin Shire House Suite
Thursday, 12 January 5.30 - 7.00pm: Saltash Council Chamber - drop-in session
Monday, 16 January 3:00 - 4:30pm: National Maritime Museum, Falmouth
Monday, 16 January 7:00 - 8:30pm: St Austell Print Company Conference Centre
Tuesday, 17 January 3:00 - 4:30pm: Liskeard Public Rooms
Wednesday, 18 January 3:00 - 4:30pm: Truro Health and Wellbeing Centre
Thursday, 19 January 7:00 - 8:30pm: Heartlands
Monday, 23 January 5.00 - 7.00pm: Hotel Bristol, Newquay - drop-in session