At a meeting on 24th July the North Derbyshire and Hardwick NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) decided to proceed with proposals to close Newholme Hospital in Bakewell and Oker Ward in Whitworth hospital at Darley Dale.
Members of Derbyshire Dales CLP has joined with other groups such as Save our NHS and Keep our NHS Public to raise awareness of the serious funding, workload and organisational issues facing the NHS, particularly in England.
Branches of the CLP have also initiated events to raise local understanding of the CCGs proposals, such as the ‘stretcher’ demonstration in Bakewell and information stalls in Matlock.
The campaigning will not stop despite the CCG’s decision.
Labour party members are looking at what may be done to reverse or at least halt the closure decisions. We will continue to campaign locally for a well funded NHS with manageable workloads for all, within coherent organisational structures. The general election manifesto will continue to be a key source for the detail of this work.
If you have any suggestions about campaigning for our NHS do get in touch with your local Labour party representatives... and keep an eye on the CLP website for events about our NHS.
COME TO THE TUESDAY MARKET IN WIRKSWORTH ON AUGUST 8
The government has instructed local community health and social care providers to produce what are called Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP). In Derbyshire the local plan is called 'Joined Up Care Derbyshire'.
The government has instructed those drawing up these plans across England to make cost savings. Some of this will be done by cutting staff and closing community hospitals.
However, Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are presenting the STP as something that will improve the way health and social care will be offered and will thus improve people's health.
They present the STP as focussing on bringing services together, such as health care and social care, and providing more care in people's homes or in their community, rather than in hospitals such as the Derby Royal. This is a laudable aim but will be costly to set up. As cost savings must be made there will not be the money available to provide services closer to home.
There are plans to close community hospitals around Derbyshire which can then be sold off to generate funds. Already decisions have been made to axe beds at North Derbyshire community hospital with the closure of Newholme and Bolsover, and threats to Babbington and Whitworth hospitals in South Derbyshire.
Without the infrastructure of community hospitals where will these new services closer to people's homes be sited?
Come to the stall that Southern Derbyshire CCG are setting up at the market in Wirksworth on Tuesday August 8. It is at this stall that they will be consulting with the people of Wirksworth to ascertain whether we want the plans to go ahead and whether we agree with further dismantling of the NHS in England via these proposals.
Please come and let them know our views.