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Making the NHS Better

The national health headlines caught my eye today: the massive pressures on A&E departments and fears that this pressure leads to errors and possibly unnecessary deaths (here’s the BBC coverage).

Basically the story says there is much to put right in the NHS so that A&E becomes the last resort for patients, not the first place they think of when they need urgent care. A&E was intended to offer  life-saving, emergency care but changes in the NHS and lack of confidence in out of hours provision has led to more and more people attending A&E because it’s the only place they feel is available – or trust.

Local GPs have seen this crisis looming and it’s why we have come together in clinical commissioning groups to begin the changes in the NHS which should ease this pressure. As we know from the Meeting the Challenge consultation, more A&Es is not the answer, there aren’t enough specialist staff for the A&Es that already exist, nor the cash to pay them or provide the highly expensive equipment they need to work effectively.

So what’s to be done? Well, North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning group believes that preventing unnecessary hospital admissions is the key. If we can make health and social care services more convenient, seamless and effective then we can give better support to help people manage their long term conditions and stay as well as they can be. We can also do more to support the elderly and vulnerable to keep them as well as possible.

We can help to achieve this by working closely with the other organisations providing health a social care services such as Kirklees Council and Locala to bring down barriers between services and we can also do this by redesigning care pathways (how services are delivered) and redefining how and when patients get onto or follow that pathway.

It’s a complex jigsaw and can’t be done overnight, but with determination and goodwill on all sides (which is clearly evident) I believe we can quickly start to make a difference and make the ailing NHS better.

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Meeting the Challenge – shaping the future of out local healthcare

Monday (4 March) sees the start of the Meeting the Challenge public consultation on proposed changes to our local hospital and community health services.

These are very significant changes that we are confident will help us to save more lives and put our healthcare services on a par with the best in the country, providing you, as patients, with better experiences and results.

It is vitally important that you get to have your say on these proposals and over the next few days, you will receive a summary document through the post summarising the reasons behind these proposals and why change is needed. It will outline exactly what is being put forward and what that means for you.

I would encourage you to read and absorb this information and complete the questionnaire which you will find enclosed in the document. You can return this to us via; FREEPOST Meeting the Challenge Consultation.

I would also urge you to come along to our public meeting at Dewsbury Town Hall, 8pm on Monday 11 March where you can air your concerns, get your queries answered and ultimately, tell us what you think.

We want to make sure you can make an informed contribution to this consultation exercise and there will be a series of roadshows and drop-in sessions across north Kirklees over the next three months.

Everything you need to know about the proposals, the process so far and how you can get involved can be found on the dedicated website; where you will also find a downloadable version of the consultation questionnaire.

This is an important process that will shape the future of our local healthcare so I cannot stress enough how crucial it is for you to get involved in this consultation.

If you would like us to come to one of your community meetings or need any further information, contact the Meeting the Challenge team on 01924 317757.

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