West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas met with health campaigners last week to discuss the current situation with regard to health and social care in Cornwall.
Wide-ranging changes designed to help integrate health and social care services, making them more patient-focused and bringing them closer to home, are being planned as part of the current Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) process.
However members of Health Initiative Cornwall (HIC) are concerned that many significant changes are already being made – both with regard to changing how the social care system is structured and to the overall management organisation – before proper consultation with the general public has taken place and before the STP has made its final recommendations.
Derek said it had been a’ very constructive and informative meeting’.
“I met the HIC campaigners the day after I had spoken to Health Minister Philip Dunne about the health system in Cornwall and I was able to give reassurances that the Government is taking a very close interest in ensuring that the right decisions are made with regard to how health and social care should be shaped in the future” he said.
“The campaigners also posed a number of questions which I will take back to the Department of Health and their responses should give greater clarity on the way forward.”