‘CCG should make a pub­lic apol­ogy’

Leek Post & Times - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

Open let­ter to Mar­cus Warnes, Ac­count­able Of­fi­cer, North Stafford­shire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group

IN OC­TO­BER 2017 you in­sti­gated the clo­sure of all 37 beds at the Leek Moor­lands Hos­pi­tal – and the shut­down of our highly val­ued care fa­cil­ity.

No jus­ti­fi­ca­tion was given by the CCG. There was no pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

You sent pa­tients in­stead to a grossly un­der­per­form­ing care home, Sta­dium Court in Stokeon-trent, which was at that time of­fi­cially deemed ‘in­ad­e­quate’ and in ‘spe­cial mea­sures’ by the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion (CQC). In an in­spec­tion in De­cem­ber 17, the CQC found the home ‘not safe, not ef­fec­tive, not car­ing not re­spon­sive, and not well lead.

Hav­ing seen no im­prove­ment since their in­spec­tion 12 months ear­lier, the CQC promptly closed the care home, with all pa­tients be­ing trans­ferred else­where.

The CCG was se­verely crit­i­cised by the gov­ern­ment ad­vi­sory body, the In­de­pen­dent Re­con­fig­u­ra­tion Panel (IRP), whose re­port (Oc­to­ber 18, 2017) con­firmed you were more con­cerned with fi­nan­cial cost­cut­ting than in de­liv­er­ing bet­ter pa­tient health out­comes.

Your ac­tion, in con­tra­dic­tion to your invitation to the pub­lic to ‘de­sign your fu­ture lo­cal health fa­cil­i­ties’ at the pre-con­sul­ta­tion pub­lic meet­ing in Au­gust, drew out­rage from the com­mu­nity and de­mands for the re­in­state­ment of the beds.

These de­mands which con­tinue week by week, have been con­tin­u­ally ig­nored by the CCG.

Months later you stated in the press: ‘it is some­times more ap­pro­pri­ate to re­fer pa­tients to pri­vate care homes’ – with no ex­pla­na­tion or ev­i­dence to sup­port your state­ment.

It was some five months af­ter clos­ing the beds that you of­fered a jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the bed clo­sures in a let­ter to my­self pub­lished in the Post and Times (March 22, 2018) when you as­serted: ‘in a care-home pa­tients tend to get dressed and sit in chairs (whereas) com­mu­nity hos­pi­tals de­liver care in a hos­pi­tal bed-based setting where pa­tients are in a ward en­vi­ron­ment and fre­quently do not get dressed or sit out in chairs, they do not move about.’

Many peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and

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