MEDIA RELEASE 17 September 2015
Local Health Commissioners make progress on plans for a public consultation on hospital services but say more time is needed
NHS Greater Huddersfield and NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Groups have indicated to their Governing Bodies that they require more time to be confident that a public consultation on the future of hospital services can get underway.
In a report published today (Thursday 17 September), both CCGs are asking their Governing Bodies to agree that they are not yet ready to go out to public consultation. Both CCGs have previously stated in public that in order to be ready for consultation they need to be able to set out the proposed future model of care; the financial implications; and the preferred location of services.
While agreement has been reached on a potential clinical model for hospital services, detailed discussions on the financial implications and location of services cannot go ahead until the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust concludes work it is doing with regulator, Monitor, to ensure plans for long-term sustainability are robust. The Trust is aiming to finish that work by the end of this year.
The Chair of the Calderdale CCG, Dr Alan Brook said,
“Both CCGs are working very closely with the Hospital Trust. We have made great progress in reaching a consensus between the GP commissioners and the clinicians within the hospital on the potential clinical model of care for hospital services which we believe could deliver the best quality of care for local residents In forming our view on the clinical model, we have taken into consideration our duty to deliver the best possible outcomes, and the best possible experience of care for patients.
“As commissioners, we want local people to be treated in the right place, at the right time, by the right person who has the necessary facilities and equipment to support them.
“We will go out to formal consultation only when we have confidence in the long-term financial sustainability as well as the clinical standards.”
Dr Steve Ollerton, Chair of Greater Huddersfield CCG said,
“Hospital doctors, nurses and local GPs have worked hard over recent months to come to a shared view on how services may look in the future. In addition, both CCGs have undertaken engagement with patients and local people to understand their needs. However, we must make sure that any changes can be resourced and that they are sustainable over the longer term and we will move forward with a public consultation only when we have that assurance.”
“The Governing Bodies of both CCGs are due to meet, in parallel, on the 24th September to discuss their overall readiness for a public consultation. This is a meeting in public and local residents are welcome to attend.”
Notes for Editors:
The published paper is available on both CCG’s websites:
The Governing Bodies meet in public on 24 September, 12.15pm at the
Briar Court Hotel,
West Yorkshire, HD3 3NT
Ready for consultation’ means that both CCGs are confident that there is a clinical model for safe and sustainable hospital services, alongside the financial plan and a clear description of the services which would be provided at the two existing hospital sites.
For more information please contact either :
Helen Robinson-Gordon, Interim Head of Communications, NHS Calderdale CCG
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Head of Communications, NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG
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