I was concerned to read in the Herald (October 16 edition) about a Findon resident who had spinal problems.
She was very critical of the services she had received. She complained about delays and being ‘passed from pillar to post’. This is clearly unacceptable.
As a group of newly-elected hospital trust governors, we had been aware for some time that care pathways needed to be improved and were pressing for changes.
For some time prior to the letting of the contract, the trust and the CCG had been working together to improve the position and to move more parts of the service from out-patient clinics into community settings closer to people’s homes.
This could not, however, be done without taking care that an improvement to one part of the service was not at the expense of another.
There is a complex relationship between acute and chronic conditions associated with muscles and bones and the training involved in securing a highly-skilled and competent workforce.
Removing one part of the MSK pathway, the profitable, predictable, easy-to-manage parts, immediately puts at risk the sustainability of the unpredictable and much more expensive trauma service.
To do so would make it impossible to maintain two high-quality A&E centres in both Worthing and Chichester, and de-stabilise the ability of the hospital to attract and retain highly-skilled staff.
As governors, we have a duty to represent the views of constituents. I would urge anyone with concerns or with a view to make contact with me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or with one of their elected governors (email@example.com). It would be good to have the views of those who have direct experience.
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