With the changes to Health and Social Care across a number of Public Sector Organisations in South Devon.It became obvious to the Torbay and South Devon Trades Union Council that a New Way for residents, union members and all other Stakeholders should become involved with decision making that affects the Health and Welfare of all the residents that are need care or will need care in South Devon needed to be set up. This being the Consultation on Closing four Community Hospitals at Ashbuton,Dartmouth,Paignton and Bovey Tracey .
An initial meeting was held in June and the Group Consists of Health watch Torbay Chairman Dr Kevin Dixon and CEO Pat Harris, Torbay and South Devon TC, Chairman Gordon Jennings (Group Lead), Lead Steward Community Unison Joan Taylor, GMB Torbay Paul Raybould and Councillors Adrian Sanders Torbay Council and Vic Ellery. Also at the meeting were Torbay and Brixham Town Councils.
It was agreed to seek meeting with The Torbay and South Devon Clinical Commissioning Group re the Hospital Consultations on proposed closures and then the elected MPs for Torbay and Totnes. This has taken place with the issues and concerns put to them in plain English. The way forward will be to meet with CCG Clinical Leads and a meeting of the Community Health and Welfare Alliance took place this week with Kevin Foster MP and Sarah Wollaston the Chairman of the Health Select Committee.
It was agreed to have a coordinated plan re hospital closures and service delivery in South Devon that would have an improvement to services but not detrimental to patients or services that are presently provided.
The CCG has also agreed to meet Unions at The Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust as asked when we met them.
Obviously the Hospital Closure Programme Consultation starts on September 1st and our Group will seek to make as detailed a submission as possible but bringing together Health watch, trade unions and elected Councillors has seen the CCG and MPs wish to engage much faster that is the norm.
Paul Raybould On behalf of Community Health and Welfare Alliance Group( South Devon).
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