Day: 18 August 2014

A guest post from Shropshire Councillor Tracey Huffer. Future Fit is a utopian ideal. With the financial cuts we are making, I can’t see that it is viable. The plan seems to be that when A&E and other parts of the service can’t cope, patients will be dealt with by GPs and nurses. But we are short of GPs in this county. We have just cut back on District Nurses. The Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group is consulting on the changes, but I’m getting the impression there is a huge head of steam that’s going to blast through these changes whether they are good for Shropshire or not. I am really worried about the loss of the Minor Injuries Unit at Ludlow Hospital. All the minor injuries units in Shropshire are to be closed and replaced by Urgent Care Centres. But there is no guarantee that we will get an Urgent Care Centre in Ludlow. That will mean people with breaks, fractures, asthma attacks and all sorts of problems who are currently treated locally will have to go to Shrewsbury or Telford.

Future Fit is the name for the exercise which is reshaping health services across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, to make them fit for the modern age and cope with rising demand and over-stretched budgets. The proposals will also affect mid-Wales and are controversial. The NHS is holding a series of consultation workshops. The full list of workshops is here. The Ludlow workshop is Tuesday 23 September, 10am-2pm at the Assembly Rooms. Click here to book a place or call 0121 612 2805. Yesterday, The Mail on Sunday ran a near full page article about the changes in Shropshire: “A&E closures will force doctors to treat patients on Skype.”

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