Domiciliary Care is outsourced to Mears who have been placed in Special Measures by the CQC at present so the New Model of Care of closing Community Beds already looks at risk of delivering a sub standard and cheap service from the Private Sector.The Original ICO Business Plan does look for reductions of 700 staff across thee South Devon area via the The Model of Cuts.
There have been Public Meetings, a sham CCG Consultation Exercise ,Trades Council run Public Meeting,March and Rally well supported by the local public.Now an Acute Services Review has started that will have the same outcomes of lots of Consultation meetings that will result in implementation of service rationing and cuts but presented as an improvement to fragmented services that run well via a Glossy Picture book with CCG saying its a 5Year NHS Forward Plan-yes to ration care and what after 2021?
The positives in NHS Campaigning in South Devon has been a GMB/Trades Council initiative of setting up a Community Health and Welfare Alliance Group made up of myself from GMB,Trades Council Chairman,Ex MP,Councillors and Health watch Torbay.This Group has presented to CCG,Chair of The Health Select Committee,Torbay MP and Overview and Scrutiny Committees and is recognised by the CCG as an important Grouping in the locality.
STPs are little more than an arm of The Conservative Party who are running down our NHS with a Glossy set of Brochures with a Tick Box inside.I have run an online petition to have our CCG Chairman to Resign he is Retiring instead.As a Union GMB should seek to return our NHS to Regional Health Authorities,Abolish the Internal Market and get rid of Foundation Trusts and bring Mental Health Services back into the local control of the DGH that run the other services.
This is just a Personal View of a Ex Nurse of 25 years and GMB Branch Secretary for Torbay and South Devon
Paul Raybould GMB Branch secretary Torbay and South Devon