I’m angry at Ludlow being excluded from Future Fit report on public views

Along with more than 100 others, I attended the Future Fit workshop in Ludlow last week. My report on it is here. But it seems that it doesn’t matter what we said on that day, Future Fit is unlikely to take Ludlow’s views into account. Future Fit consultants, Participate Ltd reported on the consultation events on Monday, and they didn’t include Ludlow.

The Future Fit Deliberative Engagement Events Report, which is due to go to Future Fit board, says:

“The events were held in late August 2014 in Wem, Telford, Newtown (Powys) and Shrewsbury.”

What about us in Ludlow? Oswestry wasn’t included either. We are being ignored because our events were in September. Ludlow and Oswestry are second and second best in the Future Fit framework.

There will of course be a second report, but it is going to be this first report that formulates the opinions of Future Fit board members. The consultation events Future Fit ran in September, including in Ludlow, will always be playing second fiddle to the rest of the county and Telford. The south of the county was consulted second, will be reported second and will always be second best in Future Fit.

That’s wrong and I think it’s a betrayal of the people who turned out to the meeting in Ludlow. Future Fit should have waited for the entire consultation to be complete before presenting a report to its board. The whole Future Fit programme is now likely to have a bias against the rural south of the county.

On a final point, I am astounded that no one under-35 attended the workshops according to the report. Don’t younger people have say in the health care that will be delivered in their lifetime?

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  1. No participants under the age of 35 attending the Future Fit engagement day Andy – under thirty-fives, if they are fortunate, are working between the hours of 10am and 2pm.
    Why would the CCG leave out Ludlow and South Shropshire from the first round of consultation? Perhaps here in the South we might just be saying things that the CCG neither wanted to hear nor record..
    jbrand

  2. Hi Andy,I agree with your comment about the lack of young people at the meeting.  A suggestion – hold it at Rockspring.  That’s the catchment for families.Regards, John From: Andy Boddington To: johnaitken01@yahoo.co.uk Sent: Thursday, 2 October 2014, 20:26 Subject: [New post] I’m angry at Ludlow being excluded from Future Fit report on public views #yiv9172062447 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv9172062447 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv9172062447 a.yiv9172062447primaryactionlink:link, #yiv9172062447 a.yiv9172062447primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv9172062447 a.yiv9172062447primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv9172062447 a.yiv9172062447primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv9172062447 WordPress.com | andybodders posted: “Along with more than 100 others, I attended the Future Fit workshop in Ludlow last week. My report on it is here. But it seems that it doesn’t matter what we said on that day, Future Fit is unlikely to take Ludlow’s views into account. Future Fit consulta” | |

  3. Andy – I was there too and agree with your anger. How dare they exclude Ludlow from their report!! Perhaps we were a bit too demanding of information they were unable or unwilling to give. I notice they are still talking about a new EC somewhere between Shrewsbury & Telford, but how can this happen when it would cost untold millions and take years? When I asked at the Future Fit meeting where the money would come from I did not receive a proper answer, nor did they answer when I asked about PFI and the cost to the NHS in Shropshire (the main reason why the Ludlow Eco Park project was terminated). I have no confidence whatsoever in the Future Fit team, and worry immensely about the possible loss of MIU in Ludlow (and possibly even the hospital itself) if we are not considered suitable for one of their UCCs.

    It’s a very long way from Ludlow to Telford and Stoke, and little public transportation to get you there. If you call 999 for an ambulance you would likely be dead before they got you there!

    I think you are doing a great job of keeping local people informed of what’s going on, and fighting our corner at Shirehall.

    Pat Hansen