West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas has waded into the controversy about the shambolic STP meeting in PZ last night that descended into chaos and anger.
He issued this statement this afternoon:
“Despite the disappointment people rightly feel regarding how the public engagement event at St John’s Hall was organised, I still believe the STP enables the possibility of bringing health and social care together in Cornwall.
“NHS England has said that the STPs must be driven by genuine public engagement so the Cornwall STP team needs to raise its game.
“I want to stress that the integration of health and social care is the only way we can reduce the pressures on Treliske and West Cornwall Hospital, end ‘bed-blocking’ and ensure people are cared for in the most suitable place. The STP is a tool that can enable this to happen which is why I’m keen that, despite the poor ‘consultation’ event on Tuesday, we all engage in this process together.
“I fully accept there are significant financial challenges which will need to be addressed and more money secured if this plan is to have any chance of success. This is my message to Government.”
Meanwhile momentum gathers pace for a debate on the STP at the Full Council meeting at County hall on 24th January. Lib Dem Sue James is demanding that the elected representatives of Cornwall get to at least debate the STP before it goes to print. The Cornwall and Scilly STP has never been debated by the people’s elected representatives either in Parliament or by Cornwall Councillors at Lys Kernow. And there was no plan to either.
Leader of Cornwall Labour Tim Dwelly is showing cross party support to put a STP debate on the agenda at the Full Council meeting of Cornwall Council on Jan 24th.
Mr Dwelly told CS this afternoon:
“Labour wants Cornwall Council to at least debate this.
This is another example of how hollow the claims are that we’ve been given devolution.
We don’t even get a simple vote at Cornwall Council even though the Council is responsible for Care”
Former MP and Health campaigner Andrew George gave CS instant reaction on vid in the hall last night – you can view it on our FB page: Andrew George STP Reaction Video
He also said
“Shame this evening’s NHS meeting at St John’s Hall Pz was shambolic. No one would oppose services which better “prevent ill health”, “integrate services”, “improve efficiency”, “provide better care” etc but the public wanted to know what really lies behind the STP (Plan).
We know the Conservative Government want us to cut £264m out of the local NHS before 2020 and don’t want to stop the private sector cherry picking the profitable bits and undermining clinicians with their ‘reforms’. But local health managers should let people speak out about it, not just fill in forms asking if they support motherhood and apple pie.
There’ll be a better meeting next week (at The Exchange gallery Wed 18th) when I’ll make sure people can have their say. The NHS managers responsible for the STP and the Conservative MP who replaced me have been invited. Come if you can”
The Roadshow moves over to Scilly Thursday morning and then on to Bodmin Thursday afternoon.