SOSNHS Wirksworth – Market Stall on 8th August
COME TO THE TUESDAY MARKET IN WIRKSWORTH ON AUGUST 8
The government has instructed local community health and social care providers to produce what are called Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP). In Derbyshire the local plan is called ‘Joined Up Care Derbyshire’.
The government has instructed those drawing up these plans across England to make cost savings. Some of this will be done by cutting staff and closing community hospitals.
However, Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are presenting the STP as something that will improve the way health and social care will be offered and will thus improve people’s health.
They present the STP as focussing on bringing services together, such as health care and social care, and providing more care in people’s homes or in their community, rather than in hospitals such as the Derby Royal. This is a laudable aim but will be costly to set up. As cost savings must be made there will not be the money available to provide services closer to home.
There are plans to close community hospitals around Derbyshire which can then be sold off to generate funds. Already decisions have been made to axe beds at North Derbyshire community hospital with the closure of Newholme and Bolsover, and threats to Babbingtin and Whitworth hospitals in South Derbyshire. Without the infrastructure of community hospitals where will these new services closer to people’s homes be sited?
Come to the stall that Southern Derbyshire CCG are setting up at the market in Wirksworth on Tuesday August 8. It is at this stall that they will be consulting with the people of Wirksworth to ascertain whether we want the plans to go ahead and whether we agree with further dismantling of the NHS in England via these proposals. Come and let them know our views.