Worcester News Article – 6th February

The last two weeks has seen the Health and Social Care issues of Worcestershire firmly in the public eye. Concerns from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) over performance and safety resulted in Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust being issued with a Section 29a Warning notice and given a deadline of 10th March to improve. Healthwatch Worcestershire (HWW) acknowledges the efforts of hospital staff in difficult circumstances and understands this is a system wide issue for the Trust and its health and care partners. At Healthwatch we are interested in accessible, quality, safe services for the people of Worcestershire.

Also in the media has been the decision by Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group (R&B CCG) to restrict access to hip and knee replacement surgery. Simon Adams, Chief Operating Office at HWW spoke on the news about our concern that the decision was taken without any detailed engagement or a formal consultation with patients or the public. We have written to R&B CCG asking for an explanation as to why the decision has been made without this consultation or engagement.

We are holding a Public Board Meeting on Friday 10th February, 10am-12.30pm at the Life After Stroke Centre in Bromsgrove. We will be receiving presentations from Worcestershire’s Safeguarding Adult’s Board and Worcestershire County Councils Adult Services about Domiciliary Care. We will also be discussing the recent CQC warning notice on the Acute Trust and the restrictions made by R&B CCG to hip and knee replacement surgery. Please do come along, there is an opportunity to take part and ask questions during the meeting.

If you would like information about Healthwatch Worcestershire, or to share your experiences about health and social care services, please visit our website or contact us at info@healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk or phone 01386 550 264 .