LUFF ASKS GOVERNMENT FOR MORE TIME ON COMMUNITY HEALTH CHANGES
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LUFF ASKS GOVERNMENT FOR MORE TIME ON COMMUNITY HEALTH CHANGES

Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff has today tabled a Parliamentary question asking the government to allow a longer deadline for NHS Worcestershire, the county’s primary care trust, to consult on the principles behind the proposed reorganisation of local community health services.
In the question the MP asks that local people should be given the opportunity to express their views before a specific recommendation emerges from the primary care trust (PCT).

Commenting, Peter said,

“The NHS has experienced far too much change in recent years – and change always distracts people from their jobs. But if there has to be change, then a reasonable amount of time must be given to let us all assess its impact. That change must also be driven by what local people want, not what the government demands.

“What worries me is the number of local community NHS workers who are saying to me that they have serious reservations about the transfer of community services - including breast screening, community nursing and hospitals - to another organisation, but who feel unable to speak out because they think it could cost them their jobs if they do.

“The PCT will tell me their fears are without foundation, but that is what many nurses and other staff feel. The problem is that it is these people whose views must be listened to above all – they are in the front line, delivering the services and their information will be invaluable to all of us as we consider how to take things forward.

“If they are too scared to speak out, then local MPs must be given the time to listen to their voices in private and then make proper representations to the PCT. But the government is insisting on a ridiculously short timescale. I hope they will show some much needed flexibility in their reply to my question, which is due to be answered at the end of this week.”

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