I am writing to you in the hope that you can answer my queries.
I have been following the plans for the roll-out of Accountable Care in Cornwall with dismay.
My concerns are:
My questions to the Inquiry Committee are:
Therefore, I was pleased to read that Sarah Wollaston had asked Jeremy Hunt to delay the introduction of Accountable Care and that he is re-considering the timing in light of both the Health Select Committee's Inquiry and the judicial reviews. However, I now have further questions that I would like you to respond to:
This is our NHS, paid for with taxpayers money, we deserve to know what is planned for it.
WHAT NEXT – --Influence the Health and Adult social Care Oversight and Scrutiny Committee, who will make the final report to the Cabinet
Influence the OSC , who have in the past rejected these reports and
Require more time, more information, more money..
Who has the Duty of Care?
What is the Oversight?
What if it goes wrong or the care fails?
Questions must be submitted by Jan 31st at 12 midday. Here is the page with details of the contact for the committee.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT…
If Scrutiny pass the Task force report and send it to Cabinet, Public can submit written questions, then a supplementary question and statements to Cabinet.
Agree questions to send and attend the meetings to ask them and make statements, asking key questions about legality, budget, standards, quality of care and isolation from National services.
The Shadow ACS will form in April and the next Council meeting in September will review its performance and vote to accept or reject it.
This ACS cannot go live unless the constitution of the Council is changed. This will also have to be agreed by full council and re-written.
If all this passes muster, the ACS will go live…we don’t know when though.
There is no;
1-Legislation to support this Nationally –
Conservatives are passing this in February and Shadow Health are pushing for a DEBATE in Parliament.
THIS IS A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT. We cannot let the NHS be de-nationalised without a public fight.
Write to local newspapers with clear concerned letters asking for clear answers about our services use social media, write to the MP (!), phone into Laurence Reed, Publish in independent News outlets and keep this the public eye.
2-Feedback to the Shadow Health Team on what is happening in Cornwall. They want to know!
As the Shadow ACS forms and the Govt ask for feedback on it, to review if it will work..
Labour must have a National Policy on what we will do when we get into power.
The information we can feedback to Shad Health will support and shape our response to this.
We must have an answer to electors as we look to a General election.
So, when we go out canvassing, we must know what people think and have a picture we can give them for Labours NHS and Care System.
The NHS is Ours, We Own It.
I spent this afternoon researching for the new page of links to information about Accountable Care Organisations, what Cornwall Council are planning and what are the concerns or benefits of this. I wanted to find out more so that I could respond by Wednesday 17th January to the Accountable Care System Inquiry via firstname.lastname@example.org.
What have I found out?
I want to make clear from the start that these are just my views and my interpretation of the reports and articles that I have read.
1. The idea of a ACO or ACS is to have a cohesive, holistic system of care for a given population managed by one organisation.
I think, despite all the articles & opinions that I have read, that I still don't understand all the implications of this. However, despite that, I know that I am not in favour of it. My reasons for that decision are:
I am contacting the committee to voice my concerns and to seek answers to the following issues:
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