It was agreed at yesterday’s Devon County Council Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee meeting that the programme of cuts and centralisation - the Sustainability and Transformation Plan, should be an item on every agenda, after I had requested we debate the issue.
Devon’s NHS has been asked to provide assurances over a range of issues, as well as associated documentation, before proceeding with its plans for a controversial so-called integrated care system in the county.
If you are opposed to Brexit… attend this event tomorrow. Let’s make it huge!
Meet at Belmont Park at noon and march to Bedford Square. All to finish by 3pm.
Save Our Hospital Services (SOHS) Devon demonstrate their opposition to Devon County Council who are determined to quietly force through NHS England’s Integrated Care System (ICS) plans without Parliamentary Scrutiny, despite two judicial reviews and the neighbouring local council in Cornwall who have rejected the NHS England’s alternative to the unpopular Accountable
Care Systems and Accountable Care Organisations(ACOs) which were seen by health service campaigners as a further budgetary restriction on provision of a consistent level of access to all health service across Devon leading to a post code lottery on patient access to urgently needed medical operations.
Here it is in a nutshell. The dangers of Jeremy Hunt’s Americanised NHS - the Accountable Care Organisations… preceded by Accountable Care Systems, coming to Devon soon.
The sentence that jumps out at me is half way down the first column. “They will be legally not NHS organisations.”
The Tories and the local NHS continually parrot how innocuous they are and that it is just about joint working with health and social care. This is manifestly untrue.
This has huge implications for the NHS and for all those who rely on it.
Cllr Martin Shaw and I proposed at January’s Devon County Council Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee meeting that there should be a special meeting in March to examine the Devon Accountable Care System, due to be arriving soon.
So far there has been radio silence on the matter. Time for a follow up…
I realise London will be too far to go for local people but if there is anyone near London reading this, who is interested in becoming an Independent councillor, please do sign up for this event at the Local Government’s HQ in Westminster, on Tuesday (6 March starting at 6pm).
I will be giving a talk (as well as other established councillors) for around half an hour on how to run a successful election campaign. Here’s the link ...