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Date(s) - 05.11.2016


St Mary & St Petroc’s Parish Centre


Health and Social Care in Devon and Cornwall

Registration £5 (free to unwaged). Bring Food to Share

Speakers: Workshops: Pop up Exhibition

There is a great deal of rhetoric at the moment about the importance of joint working, integration between Local Authorities and the NHS, and the potential of devolution. What is the reality for authorities who are all increasingly short of resources, both money and staff? It is not clear how much there actually is for authorities to share, or what might be devolved other than the responsibility for shrinking budgets. It is even less clear how Sustainability and Transformation Plans will affect services. What will the changes really mean for us, the people of Devon & Cornwall when we fall sick or need personal social services?

Devon & Cornwall face particular problems. Lower funding per person because of a funding formula that favours metropolitan areas. Beautiful scenery, small harbours and narrow winding roads mean small rural communities are widely scattered and have poor public transport. Many tourists choose to visit, so there are more patients in summer. Employment is seasonal, it can be hard to retain people in low wage social care jobs in the summer when they can earn slightly more in the tourist trade. People retire here because it is so lovely. This makes for more pressure on services and housing.

Devon’s Health services are subject to a “Success Regime” because NHS England see them as overspent rather than underfunded. What will Devo-Cornwall mean if it is the combining of a cash strapped local authority with a cash-strapped Clinical Commissioning Group? How will changes affect young people, disabled people, older people and those who work in social care or the NHS? In this new reality, what can we do to defend and promote services that are effective and receive proper public funding?

Last year we held a very well attended NHS Campaigners workshop. This autumn our conference is about both health and social care across Devon and Cornwall. It is for individuals and organisations who use social care or health services, or who want to be sure the right services will be there for them and their families in future. It is for disabled people and for family carers. It is also for people who work in social care, social services and health services. The conference has been put together by Keep our NHS Public groups from the two counties and is not party political.

Speakers will include

Tudor Evans OBE: Leader of the Opposition Plymouth City Council

Jackie Pendleton: Interim Managing Director NHS Cornwall

Nigel Morson: Local NHS activist

For further details contact : saveournhscornwall@gmail.com

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