West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is wondering why West Lancashire health chiefs have been silent on explaining how they will deliver integrated health services locally, especially as they plan to privatise urgent care services.
MP Rosie wrote to Dr John Caine, chair of West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), at the beginning of September, asking him to explain the CCG’s stated strategy to deliver more integrated care.
Despite calls to West Lancashire CCG the MP is still awaiting Dr Caine’s explanation.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Since West Lancashire CCG announced they were going to privatise local health services, I have been writing to them asking various questions about how this will benefit residents and improve health services.
“Time and time again I’ve been told West Lancashire is committed to integrated care services. Then they tell me to read their strategy, which will explain it all.
“I have done.
“Simply saying over and over, as the strategy does, that they plan to integrate services doesn’t mean it automatically happens.
“I’m seeking answers from Dr Caine and his colleagues about what this actually means in practice and the specific actions the CCG will take.
“At this crucial time for the future of West Lancashire health services the silence is telling.
“West Lancashire CCG have made commitments to local residents on their health services. They now need to provide some answers.
“Hiding behind business jargon in a strategy document isn’t accountability.”