'Sustainability and transformation plans' have recently been produced by 44 geographical NHS areas in England.
These plans are likely to shape key NHS prioirities over the next 5 years, including elimination of the current national NHS deficit. All these plans are now available online.You can look at the Leicestershire plan at
http://www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk. The document also include details of how you can comment.
Our village is located on the edge of a number of plan areas-Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Coventry and Warwickshire. As a result, hospitals in Nuneaton and Burton provide very important services for us. My family, for example, has used A&E and day patient services at the George Eliot hospital Nuneaton, and the stroke and radiography units at Burton hospital.
Under the sustainability and transformation plans there could be changes to the location of services such as A&E; maternity; stroke and cancer treatment.
If, for example, the A&E services were moved from George Eliot to Coventry (Walsgrave) and from Burton to Derby (Royal) this could have very serious implications for us.The Leicestershire plan also suggests a reduction in acute/stroke beds in both Coalville and Hinckley. This could have a big impact for older people and the families of older people. Fewer local beds will reduce local recovery options, potentially creating both discharge and visiting problems.
In my opinion it is essential that:-
1. All residents, particularly those living on the edge of geographical boundaries, are consulted in a meaningful way with greater clarity on proposals,and are given a proper opportunity to put forward their views;
2.Any service changes are planned with full cross border cooperation between NHS bodies, to avoid duplication of services and the possible withdrawl of essential local services which are currently reasonably easy to access;
3.Social care commissioners and providers are fully involved in the planning process.
Twycross parish council will be discussing this subject further, as will other public sector organisations. However, as these changes could very likely affect you and your family, it really is something that you need to be aware of and look into. I will certainly be making my personal views known.
I do wish to place on record my sincere thanks to County Councillor Ivan Ould for bringing this matter to our attention.
Please feel free to circulate this email as we may not have all current email addresses for villagers.
Alan Davies (Cock Lane resident, and Chairman of Twycross Parish Council 2016/17)'