Plymouth Hoe gave us a national hero, and another is needed. This time it will be the first politician who persuades his party to be honest about the UKs 4 health services. It follows through into care of the elderly….
With surgeries closing their doors and providers handing back contracts, what does the future hold for our city’s GPs?
….It is not just Ocean Health who have experienced difficult times in Plymouth – Cumberland, Hyde Park, St Barnabas and Saltash Road GPs all shut on March 31 – the surgeries were being run up until that date also by Access Health Care, which stepped in last year after previous providers pulled out.
Freedom Health Centre will be shutting its doors on September 30 after the current provider resigned too.
The surgery, which has about 1,800 patients and deemed “not fit for modern healthcare” will stay open until that date.
Ernesettle, Mount Gould and Trelawney, which serve around 10,000 patients also need to find a new provider by March 2018 to ensure they stay open……
Anonymous tipoff to Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust reveals pressure on staffing
Many elderly and vulnerable people who receive care in their own homes are having levels of support cut because of funding pressures, despite ministers’ injection of extra money, social workers say.
Cuts include reducing home calls from 45 to 30 minutes, withdrawing help to wash at home or prepare hot meals and fewer visits to help them use the lavatory, according to a report.
Home care is also being more tightly defined in many areas, with local authorities refusing to pay for activities to help people go out and focusing on physical needs, it said.
The reports of squeezed budgets come despite the announcement by Philip Hammond, the chancellor, in March of an additional £2 billion over three years for adult social care.
A report by the Social Care Alliance said that the system was buckling under the strain of too few resources and rising demand, based on 469 responses from social workers to a survey conducted online by Community Care magazine.