The joint commissioners of health and social care in Stockport; Stockport Council and NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have released the public consultation into Stockport Together.
From 10th October until 30th November members of the public were asked to give their views on; changing the way health and social care services are planned and organised in Stockport, organising health, social care and mental health services into eight neighbourhoods teams and ensuring that the tests for the possible reduction of hospital beds are appropriate.
Over 500 individuals and organisations replied via online surveys, post, email or street surveys conducted throughout Stockport, while 17 organisations such as Healthwatch, Stockport Homes, Stockport Mind, NHS Watch and Disability Stockport, whose membership represents almost 40,000 people, responded to the consultation.
The independent analysis highlighted overwhelming support for the outline strategic proposals, 72% of the online, postal and face-to-face surveys replies tended to agree or strongly agree with proposals and 87% of the street survey replies expressed a common opinion in support, but found concerns around tests that might lead to a reduction in hospital beds at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust (Stepping Hill Hospital).
Councillor Wendy Wild, Stockport Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Stockport Together, said: “We would like to thank everyone who gave feedback to the consultation. It’s really important that the voices of Stockport people are heard on a subject that is so close to people’s hearts.
“We are now considering the independent analysis of this feedback. It will be important that we take on board the consultees’ comments and suggestions and build these into our plans going forward in a genuinely meaningful way.”
In addition to broad support for the proposals, there were many views expressed about the need for better and more frequent involvement from the third sector (charities and voluntary organisations), patients and the public. People stated that these groups should be actively involved with decision-making about how health and social care services are organised and funded in future years.
Both NHS Stockport CCG and Stockport Council are in the process of preparing a response. This response will then be presented to various CCG and Council committees during January and February 2018 whose role it is to make recommendations on how to move forward with the proposals.
The full analysis report can be read here.