An investigation by Devon County Council into a highly charged and controversial meeting last month, has found health scrutiny committee chair, Sara Randall Johnson not guilty of breaching the code of conduct, however, she will be “strongly reminded” of the importance of neutrality, fairness and calling the health service to account in her role.
I have seen this SO many times.
A threat to hospital beds. Hospital beds close temporarily due to staffing shortages (because understandably staff leave) and then the permanent closures are brought forward.
What I am not reassured on here is how the loss of the existing beds will morph into the new care at home service and the message on staff redeployment is as vague as ever. Last autumn, I was told by the CCG chair, Tim Burke that around double the number of staff will be appointed… the CCG now talks in terms of ‘redeployment’ and ‘recruitment’ of 50 staff, which is difficult to get to the bottom of, given what we have already been told.
What we also still don’t know (because the CCG won’t tell us) is what happens to those hospitals that lose their beds…
Devon County Council’s health scrutiny committee needs to keep a very close eye indeed, on this issue.
The letter below has been sent to Health Scrutiny committee members: