West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper called on Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Board to reveal their plans to residents that could fundamentally alter the face of local health services.
In developing their plans, known as the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, the fourteen members of the Health and Wellbeing Board have not explained their plans for our health services and what it could mean for local people.
Rosie Cooper believes that these decisions are too big and too important for only a small section of the voluntary sector to be the community consultees.
Having written to Cllr Azhar Ali, Chair of the Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Board and Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing MP Rosie said:
“The way in which the Health and Wellbeing Board have treated Lancashire residents with utter contempt is a disgrace.
“I want the Health and Wellbeing Board to publish their draft Joint Strategic Needs Assessment before they sign it off. Lancashire taxpayers deserve to know what is planned for their health services and for them to have their say.
“We know nationally there is a push to create major Acute Centres and to downgrade the rest, concentrating services in fewer locations. For West Lancashire does that mean Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust will lose its Intensive Care Unit or its High Dependency Unit? We don’t know because no one has had the decency to have a proper meaningful conversation.
“Therefore, before it’s too late those making decisions about local health services need to stop playing God and come clean about what this means. They need to do so before any deals are done.
“As we’ve seen with One Connect Limited, deals done away from proper public scrutiny don’t serve well the people paying the bills."