Plans to shake up health service

By Sara Bryce

Thursday, June 12, 2014

 

PLANS to shake-up health services on the Isle of Wight have been unveiled and Islanders will have the chance to have their say.

'Beyond Boundaries' a five-year plan, or clinical strategy, has been produced by the Isle of Wight NHS and outlines changes to the way patient care will be delivered over the next five years, including plans to integrate Island healthcare with other organisations and to improve the quality and efficiency.

Executive medical director for the trust, Dr Mark Pugh, said: "Our clinical vision for the next five years and beyond envisages a trust which continues to supply the fullest range of services possible, providing these services are of appropriate quality, and can be delivered within a cost the local health economy can afford.

"However, how we deliver our services will change fundamentally as we rapidly develop highly integrated services with our Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Isle of Wight Council."

A copy of the clinical strategy can be downloaded from the 'Get Involved' section of the IW NHS Trust's website at www.iow.nhs.uk/getting-involved/have-your-say/iow-nhs-trust-clinical-strategy.htm.

Opinions on the changes to health services can be emailed to beyondboundaries@iow.nhs.uk or sent to Business & Projects Co-ordinator to the Medical Director, South Block, St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5TG, by Tuesday, July 15.

For more on the Isle of Wight NHS Trust's plans for the Island's health, see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday

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by Communications Team

13th June 2014, at 18:46:09

It's great that readers are going to respond to the consultation document. Isle of Wight NHS Trust has no plans to privatise any services. The Trust does however have to adapt to the challenges that advances in medicine and techonolgy present, the ageing population and an increase in complex multiple long term conditions exacerbated by Islanders and visitors who don't look after themselves / follow health care advice. In the future more care will be provided in local centres and in the patient's home. Old buildings do not meet modern standards for the provision of healthcare and should be sold or modernised to enable quality care to be provided. Healthcare is big business - we're the largest employer on the Island with a turnover of c£172m and circa 2,700 staff - an effective business has Business and Project Co-ordinators.

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by Valerie Ching

13th June 2014, at 08:51:40

re J H Quite. I will read it and "have my say" as an individual, but sadly it will make no difference to the outcome as it is a "plastic consultation" only done so privatisers can say they consulted before they sold. Patient care now described as "services" dealt with by Business and Projects Co-ordinator.(Clinical judgment and care et al equated to units like selling cans of baked beans?????) Perhaps before they "sell" the hospitals, they should look at how they were acquired for the NHS in 1948. Who really owns these "assets" I wonder?.

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by John Heelan

12th June 2014, at 17:13:46

A lot of feelgood words masking the incipient privatisation of the NHS!

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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