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Local Healthwatch feedback on Proposals to Improve Older People’s Healthcare & Adult Community Services

18/06/2014

Working together for a stronger patient voice.

Picture of older womanHealthwatch Cambridgeshire is working with other Local Healthwatch to make sure that people’s views are listened to when important decisions are made about the future of Older People’s Healthcare and Adult Community Services.

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group have just completed a public consultation into their proposals to commission a ‘Lead Provider’ to provide community health care services and hold the budget for the other services. The aim is that this will make care more joined up and better co-ordinated.

Together with our neighbouring Local Healthwatch in Peterborough, Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire, we have met with the CCG, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust (CCS) who currently provide community health care and the “Stop the NHS Sell off Campaign”, to help us understand all of the issues.

We have also listened to what local people in the community have said to us about the care they are getting at the moment and what they think about the CCG’s proposals.

Our Local Healthwatch have written a joint letter to the CCG, detailing our concerns about the procurement process; there is a copy of this document below.

Our Local Healthwatch can see the potential benefits of a change in how health and social care is provided to older people and adults with long term conditions.

However we can also see a number of risks in the process the CCG are undertaking. For example, we are concerned that hospitals are not planning for a decrease in activity and that by not including social care the CCG will not address many of the problems in the current system.

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire has kept in close contact with the CCG throughout the procurement process.   Our Chair Ruth Rogers joined the CCG's Older Peoples' Programme Board in 2013.  She is there as independent voice, to ask questions about things that are important to local people.  

“We understand the current position is unsustainable, with more people needing care and less money to provide this. We know that many older and disabled people end up in hospital when they don’t need to be there because the care they need to stay at home isn’t working. Without a system change this will get worse.

Local Healthwatch will continue to be involved in the procurement process and do all we can to get the best possible deal for local people.”  said Ruth Rogers, Chair of Healthwatch Cambridgeshire.

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Joint letter from the 4 Local Healthwatch to the CCG

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