At the latest meeting of the Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee, on which I sit, councillors were told that the health and care needs of our rapidly growing, increasingly elderly population are a real concern.
Areas mentioned, included; significant health inequalities, including the health and well-being challenges of diverse ethnic communities; workforce shortages including recruitment and retention in general practice; quality shortcomings and inconsistent operational performance; and financial challenges which exceed those of any other Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) area in England!
In my opinion …..
- We need to reverse privatisation of our NHS and return our health service into expert public control. That means telling the PFI bods who’ve made so much money to date, and have caused such problems locally for years, that their time is up!
- We need to repeal the Health and Social Care Act that puts profits before patients and make the NHS the preferred provider.
- We need to reinstate the powers of the Secretary of State for Health to have overall responsibility for the NHS.
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