Plymouth is in trouble, and meltdown. Is this the first city for whom the successive (dishonest) health ministers have failed? And thats not to mention the elderly needing care..

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….

Plymouth is in trouble, and meltdown. Both GP retention and recruitment, and hospital juniors. Is this the first city for whom the successive health ministers have failed?

Charlotte Turner in GPonline 22nd August 2017 reports: Where the battle to save Plymouth’s GP surgeries will be won and lost

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……

The Guardian 18th September 2017: Two junior doctors left to care for 436 patients on ‘very unsafe’ night shift

Anonymous tipoff to Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust reveals pressure on staffing

NHSreality wants scapegoats – and suggests the successive ministers of health (for England). Allyson Pollock might agree..

The Times September 20th: Home care reduced for elderly despite extra £2bn

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.



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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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