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No intention to have skeleton NHS service on the Island

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 11:30

From Bob Seely MP, Newport:
I want to reassure Islanders about the future of healthcare on the IW.
The goal is better-quality care with fewer trips to the mainland. 
A team of health experts has spent months preparing a report to improve healthcare on the Island. 
Our NHS has been in special measures and must improve. We need to support our NHS doctors, nurses and staff to enable them to deliver the quality of care we need on the Island.
In future, acute services will continue to be delivered here, wherever clinically possible. Residents will only have to travel to receive services when it is essential to do so. 
At least 90 per cent of current hospital activity would be retained on the Island.
There will be more joint working with NHS staff on the mainland to ensure patients receive the best possible care, while staff here are able to retain and extend their clinical skills. 
This is absolutely vital for the future of healthcare on the Island.
Fewer patients would travel to the mainland overall as more planned care and follow-up appointments would be undertaken face-to-face, or with the aid of new technology, on the Island. 
At a conservative estimate, this would reduce the overall number of patient journeys to the mainland by approximately 500 each year.
Personally, I want to reduce unnecessary trips to the mainland by thousands, not hundreds.
This government is spending record sums on the NHS — £144.3 billion last year, up from £116 billion in 2009 in cash terms and, £15 billion more in real terms than 2009.  
On the Island we spend over £200 million every year on healthcare. 
I will be working closely with the new leadership team in the hospital, as well as the Department of Health, to ensure that healthcare is improved. 
I want better care available for Islanders as well as fewer patient journeys to the mainland.
There is absolutely no intention to reduce the NHS to a skeleton service on the IW. Such a move would be illegal. 
I despair of politicians who try to scare others, especially the old and vulnerable, for political gain.
The reality is we will be delivering better care for Islanders in the years to come, and I will be relentless in ensuring that government listens to the needs of the Island.

 


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