Public Meeting On NHS Changes Cancelled

A chance for Islanders to hear from the team of GPs who will take over many NHS services from April has been cancelled today due to the poor weather.

But organisers are hoping to reschedule the meeting on Scilly for later in the year.

Next April, the Primary Care Trust will be axed and the Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group will take over. They are a group of 70 local GPs and they will decide what resources are required.

The new group say they want to work across traditional organisational boundaries to bring a “fresh approach” to improving the health and wellbeing of locals. And they want better integration of health and social care.

One of their goals is to reduce outpatient appointments where the patient is discharged without treatment and cut down the number of follow up appointments for outpatients.

Carol Clark of Scilly’s health watchdog LINk4Scilly says there are concerns that there could be a conflict of interest as the GP’s will be holding the purse strings and writing the cheques.

Some PCT staff may transfer over to the new organisation, as they have the right expertise to continue in the job, but Carol says there will now be a stronger ‘clinical edge’ to the service as it will be led by the doctors.

There’s been criticism of the approach from doctors in some parts of the country but here, the GPs seem to have embraced the idea and have set up a shadow group ready for the changeover. Carol says they’re already organised and keen to get going.

A date for the rescheduled meeting on Scilly hasn’t been set, but KCCG are holding a ‘virtual’ event from Pool Innovation Centre, Redruth from 2pm on 19th July. You can link to it online on the day on KCGG’s website at www.kernowcc.org.uk

You will be able to talk live to GPs about their plans for local health services and ask questions of the panel.