[C]umbria Third Sector Network has submitted a response to “The Future of Healthcare in West, North and East Cumbria”, the consultation that builds on the work of the Cumbria Success Regime.
Local charities and community groups have expressed their concern that the proposals will move cost and risk from NHS organisations onto patients and their families, and in doing so, will have the greatest negative impact on those people disadvantaged – for example, by low income, rural isolation, disability, or caring responsibilities. The response also highlights some of the national issues that we believe are constraining local health and care system leaders, and preventing them from developing solutions that make sense to the people of Cumbria.
Cumbria Third Sector Network Chair, John Holland, said: “We believe that we have produced a balanced, reflective, evidence-based response. We have accepted the reality that delivery of health and social care needs to change, but think that this should proceed, not on the basis of ideology, but practical use of resources, and co-operation between all participants. Our primary concern is to protect the health and wellbeing of Cumbrians, and work towards a change of attitude to prevention of illness.
“There are many local third sector organisations committed to these aims, and ready to work with all the relevant statutory bodies to co-produce solutions that work in Cumbria’s remote and rural communities.”
The full response is available online here.