Have your say on Wiltshire's five-year healthcare plan

Wiltshire Times: Dr Steve Rowlands Dr Steve Rowlands

People are being encouraged to have their say about a five-year plan for health care in Wiltshire.

The county’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has produced a draft strategic plan up until 2019.

Key principles of the plan is for people to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing,relying less on acute hospital care and instead for care to be provided at home or in the community.

Public meetings have been arranged. These are on Thursday, May 29 at Marlborough Town Hall from 9.30am to 11.30am; Thursday, June 10 at Warminster Civic Centre from 10am to 12noon; Wednesday, June 11 at Salisbury Guildhall from 6pm to 8pm and the Corn Exchange, Devizes, from 7pm to 9pm.

Wiltshire CCG is responsible for planning and paying for most NHS services in the county and is led by local GPs.

Dr Stephen Rowlands, chairman of Wiltshire CCG, said: “The next five years will be a period of change for health care services in Wiltshire.

"Our five-year plan is all about supporting people to live healthy, independent lives in their own homes and communities.

"We need to keep people out of hospital as much as possible and we will need people to take more responsibility for their own health and the health of others to help us do this.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in healthcare to come along to one of our public meetings if they want to understand what these changes will mean for them and their local NHS services.”

For more information contact Wiltshire CCG’s communications and engagement team on 01380 733738 or email WCCG.info@nhs.net

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7:50pm Mon 26 May 14

melkshamwizard says...

think i will visit the local vet ,they seem to care more than doctors theses days ,
think i will visit the local vet ,they seem to care more than doctors theses days , melkshamwizard
  • Score: 8

1:21am Tue 27 May 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

melkshamwizard wrote:
think i will visit the local vet ,they seem to care more than doctors theses days ,
Ha! - have you seen how much vets charge?

Will they reduce the number of pointless administrators?
Will you be able to get appropriate treatment in a timely fashion?
Will "outcomes" be a matter of public record?

After all every man woman and child is "paying" supposedly £2000 a year each for the service which is around double what a bells and whistles private policy apparently costs (albeit parasitising the public sector and choosing to exclude some chronic conditions) . Don't get me wrong - I believe in the NHS "free at the point of need" - but NHS administration has an absolutely abysmal history in Wiltshire.

I hope Stephen Rowlands gets it working better for everybody.
[quote][p][bold]melkshamwizard[/bold] wrote: think i will visit the local vet ,they seem to care more than doctors theses days ,[/p][/quote]Ha! - have you seen how much vets charge? Will they reduce the number of pointless administrators? Will you be able to get appropriate treatment in a timely fashion? Will "outcomes" be a matter of public record? After all every man woman and child is "paying" supposedly £2000 a year each for the service which is around double what a bells and whistles private policy apparently costs (albeit parasitising the public sector and choosing to exclude some chronic conditions) . Don't get me wrong - I believe in the NHS "free at the point of need" - but NHS administration has an absolutely abysmal history in Wiltshire. I hope Stephen Rowlands gets it working better for everybody. moonrakin wurzel
  • Score: 4

3:56pm Tue 27 May 14

zzebedeee says...

People who grumble about NHS administration are totally ignorant about the complexity of planning, commissioning and overseeing ALL of the health services required for the population of Wiltshire. Let alone the requirements around financial governance. Its easy to spout a lot of nonsense about administrators having a poor record, but health services in Wiltshire are, and have been, pretty good for a number of years, well before this latest iteration of the corporate NHS known as the CCG that Steve Rowlands chairs.
People who grumble about NHS administration are totally ignorant about the complexity of planning, commissioning and overseeing ALL of the health services required for the population of Wiltshire. Let alone the requirements around financial governance. Its easy to spout a lot of nonsense about administrators having a poor record, but health services in Wiltshire are, and have been, pretty good for a number of years, well before this latest iteration of the corporate NHS known as the CCG that Steve Rowlands chairs. zzebedeee
  • Score: -6

11:43pm Wed 28 May 14

cmness says...

"Key principles of the plan is for people to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing,relying less on acute hospital care and instead for care to be provided at home or in the community."

So does this mean don't go to hospital.

A and E is an hour away, and when I took my partner to trowbridge in agony, we were told to go away and call 111 to make an appointment. Is this the "community" part?
"Key principles of the plan is for people to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing,relying less on acute hospital care and instead for care to be provided at home or in the community." So does this mean don't go to hospital. A and E is an hour away, and when I took my partner to trowbridge in agony, we were told to go away and call 111 to make an appointment. Is this the "community" part? cmness
  • Score: 11

9:43pm Thu 29 May 14

underdogs says...

Have your say by all means, but be prepared for this man and others in the Wiltshire CCG to turn a deaf ear and ignore you , as is normal in Wilts .
Have your say by all means, but be prepared for this man and others in the Wiltshire CCG to turn a deaf ear and ignore you , as is normal in Wilts . underdogs
  • Score: 7

4:32pm Fri 30 May 14

politepanda says...

"Key principles of the plan is for people to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing,relying less on acute hospital care and instead for care to be provided at home or in the community."
Which means: cuts - across the board - with second-rate care and services provided only to those who shout loud enough,
"Key principles of the plan is for people to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing,relying less on acute hospital care and instead for care to be provided at home or in the community." Which means: cuts - across the board - with second-rate care and services provided only to those who shout loud enough, politepanda
  • Score: 7

10:39pm Fri 30 May 14

vox sanitatem says...

This quack was instrumental in the closure of Trowbridge Hospital, that just about says it all!
This quack was instrumental in the closure of Trowbridge Hospital, that just about says it all! vox sanitatem
  • Score: 13

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