‘CCG should make a public apology’
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