Service Improvements -Reshaping local health services

Have you seen a copy of the document 'Developing a Plan for South East Wales'? It is a chance to read what is happening, and send in you own opinion/concerns to the Local Health Board. I am giving out a few copies around the county – if you would like to have one please let me know on 01291-673952. You can also ring the LHB on 01600 710000 and ask for a copy to be sent straight to you.
Tony.

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2 Responses to “Service Improvements -Reshaping local health services”

  1. all mixed up Says:

    I didnt know about this until you brought it round. Where has it been available. I dont think it is in surgeries or the library. Everyone should be able to get a copy because it affects our local services. I will send back the card and hope others will also. Can we find out how many people send the cards back.

  2. Brat Prince Says:

    Dear Oberon,

    Personally, I feel that the Welsh Assembly Government are not taking mental health issues seriously enough.

    Dr. Gibbons recently announced an additional £5 million to improve mental health services across Wales.

    I participate in Monmouthshire’s Service User Network, and I am aware of some of the difficulties faced by health service managers and comissioners.

    Mental Health Services do not over-spend their budgets, but as there is currently a £40 million deficit in Gwent NHS Trust as a whole, Mental Health Services are legally obligated (under something called ‘Corporate Reponsibility’) to pay back 8% of this deficit. I failed my G.C.S.E. Maths exam, but my calculator states this is £3,200,000. Certainly not pocket change, even in if you asked David Beckham’s financial advisor!

    Whilst paying back this gargantuan sum of money, managers are expected to simutaneously improve services which have been previous been chronically under-invested.

    If 1 in 4 people suffer from mental ill health at some point in their lives (this is the same statistic as cancer & Heart Disease, which are priorities 1 & 2 for the Welsh Assembly, Mental Health is apparently prioirity 3), why can’t people in power see that it is not financially viable to provide such services with peanuts. People like myself, who have used mental health services, are aware that the staff are over-worked and very often cannot provide what clients need in terms of quality services due to under-investment.

    Just to top it off, more services are cut every year, under the banner of modernisation. Services are cut, people have to rely on voluntary sector services like Mind, Hafal, etc. which are not given the same amount of money to provide these services as Gwent NHS Trust had previously required to run them.

    Does this sound like lunacy, or am I just loosing the plot?

    Keeping it surreal,
    Brat Prince.

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