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Mid & South Essex NHS consultation period extended to March 23 - Have your say!

March 12, 2018 12:59 PM
By Carole Mulroney
Originally published by Southend Liberal Democrats

Now that the NHS has extended the consultation Period on the STP until 23 March more people, who have perhaps not ventured into the world of responding to consultations, have the chance to do so.

You can view all the documents and have your say about them on the Mid and South Essex Website - http://www.nhsmidandsouthessex.co.uk/

The Liberal Democrats on the Council voiced our concerns at Council which way beyond what the Tories are querying.

  • We have complained time and time again about the lack of base evidence in a digestible form to back up the assertions made in the consultation.
  • There are huge issues with recruiting and maintaining staff
  • There is no clarity as to how the transfers between hospitals can be safely managed given our road system and no account is taken of the tourist traffic which Southend has to cope with.
  • We don't know what the transport proposals actually are, that is for another consultation. We have an unthought through reaction to a problem of movement instigated by the proposals themselves.
  • Patients will be accompanied by specialist teams, depending on the level of care they need. We now learn up to 42 a day in varying states of need - that's a lot of journeys and displacement and time for the staff will need to return to their bases - who is covering for them in the meantime. Where are these extra paramedics and medical staff coming from when we can't recruit the ones we need now?
  • Will the transport of relatives etc be guaranteed free or at a later stage are we suddenly going to find charges creeping in.
  • Where is the £41m to be spent - a reorganisation of this nature costs a lot of money - is it all to be swallowed up in that or a new fleet of vehicles perhaps - we just don't know.
  • The idea of each hospital having 24/7 MRI facilities and specialist doctors and nurses would be of great benefit but there are no guarantees of this.
  • Is the CCG actually capable of running this Plan given its current parlous state.

All of these questions have been raised time and time again with NHS and we have got no further forward.

Southend Borough Council Administration is not happy with the plans and has failed to give them their support until they get assurances on some vital issues.

My question to Council, and I ask again now, how much has to be wrong with this proposal for us to say it is just not good enough, go back to the drawing board and press the Government for proper resources to make it right. Physician, heal thyself.

Make sure your voice is heard.

Carole Mulroney

Lib Dem Leader, Southend Borough Council