Hywel Dda Health Board future plans to be unveiled during 12 week consultation
1:22pm Friday 22nd June 2012 in News
Hywel Dda Health Board will present specific options for the future of health services locally as part of a 12 week consultation beginning on August 6th.
The long awaited announcement follows the publication of the responses to the Your Health Your Future listening and engagement exercise carried out this year.
A presentation on the emerging themes and national case for change was given to key clinicians and healthcare professionals, as well as representatives from the Community Health Council, on Wednesday.
Chief Executive Trevor Purt said: “We are very grateful to all the organisations and individuals who took the time to get involved with Your Health Your Future listening and engagement exercise as this feedback will be invaluable in forming the formal options and in demonstrating where we need to provide more information.
“I would like to make it clear that no decisions on the future of healthcare delivery have been made and specific options will be announced as part of formal consultation.”
A total of 818 questionnaires were received, including 42 from organisations.
Opinion Research Services (ORS) - the organisation that carried out the research - also held seven public focus groups; staff focus groups at each of the four main hospitals and with doctors; and more than 500 letters and submissions were received (including those sent to Health Board and Welsh Government).
They said nine out of ten respondents had either seen or read at least some of the ‘Your Health Your Future’ information.
Dale Hall, the managing director of Swansea-based ORS said: “Apart from the questionnaire and engagement work ORS carried out, the Health Board held many meetings and publicised the issues widely – so the public, community organisations and staff had many chances to participate and influence the evolution of the Board’s thinking.
“Such a comprehensive programme will always invite some concerns, but taken overall the listening and engagement process has been extremely conscientious, accessible and fair to those wishing to express their views.”
Feedback from the questionnaire showed: * 86% agree the Health Board needs to ensure services meet quality and safety standards for patients * 82% agree service planning should treat the ageing population who suffer from long-term chronic conditions as a key priority * 82% agree Hywel Dda Health Board should make the best use of scarce resources * 74% Hywel Dda Health Board should aim to provide 80% of NHS services locally, through integrated primary, community and social care teams working together * 45% agree specialising some services into fewer, fully equipped centres with a further 14% neither agreeing or disagreeing * 48% agree developing specialised services, meaning that some patients will have to travel further for some hospital services, is a reasonable principle Respondents raised concerns about provision of improved community care, local hospitals and rural geography, as well as effective planning for emergency cover.
Chairman Chris Martin said: “We are pleased that the listening and engagement exercise has stimulated a quality debate with staff, stakeholders, patients and the general public on the future of local healthcare delivery. It is particularly reassuring that there is support for us to deliver quality and safety standards and provide more NHS services locally through integrated primary, community and social care teams working together. What came through clearly was the real passion that our local communities have for their health service. We acknowledge areas where concern has been expressed and will address these in our planning for formal consultation.
“We would urge everyone to maintain the energy from the listening and engagement exercise and work with us to continue the conversation later this summer."
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