Day: 22 January 2016

I am disappointed in Malcolm Pate, the new leader of Shropshire Council. When he replaced Keith Barrow, he promised greater openness and a more democratic council. Today, he has reverted to 100% Barrow mode. He is striding on with the old fashioned and often dictatorial ways of working that defined Barrow’s regime.

Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups have been running a rather quiet consultation in Shropdoc. The CCGs are suggesting we will have to ring the national 111 number as the first port of call for out of hours medical advice in future. This will bring us into line with national arrangements. This might sound good on paper but it fails to recognise that we have one of the best out of hours services in the country with Shropdoc. Patients in East Anglia reliant on 111 have had to wait up to 12 hours for a call back from a service described as “clinically unsafe”. Shropdoc, as a local GP cooperative, is familiar with our territory. Shropdoc knows our patients. It understands the strengths of our local health provision and the pressures it faces. Today seems to be the last day for comments on out of hours provision in Shropshire. (The CCGs have not published any details so it is hard to be sure.) Us four unitary councillors for Ludlow and Clee have written to the CCGs urging that Shropdoc is retained. Please do the same. Please do it today.

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