over cuts to older people's services
The PPI Forum for
Haringey has expressed concerns about the impact of Haringey
PCT's efforts to reduce a £13 million debt.
A long list of
cutbacks being discussed by the Trust includes closing half of a
stroke recovery unit for the elderly, cutting therapy services
for mental health patients, making redundancies and freezing
chairwoman of the Haringey Patient and Public Involvement Forum,
said: "We are particularly worried about older people's
services if more people have to receive care in their own homes
and no more money is coming in."
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together to tackle NHS Debt
Telford PPI Forums have linked together and set up a Cross Forum
Action Group to discuss the financial problems facing the
Primary Care Trusts and the Acute Hospitals Trust in Shropshire
The group has
joined forces with local MPs to voice their concerns over
proposed cuts to local health services. Top concerns have
included the deficits at the two hospitals and threats of
closure to the community hospitals.
The Forums are looking to recommend that
the network of Community Hospitals be expanded along with
community services, and that they are used to greater effect
within Shropshire and Telford.
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Dentistry shortages in Cumbria
The Eden Valley
PPI Forums have raised concerns about the dentistry shortage
across North Cumbria, with the Director of Service Development
for North Cumbria PCT.
Only 37.1 per cent of the 70,600 population in North Cumbria are
currently registered with a dentist according to the Primary
Care Trust. This includes almost two thirds of the children in
Cumbrian patients, who have recently lost their NHS dentists
after several practices opted to go private, have been raising
their experiences with the Forum.
The Forum has now presented the public's views and experiences
of local dentistry provisions to the Trust and is working to
ensure that the public's views are sought and listened to in any
adapt to Trust changes
Twenty PPI Forums
across England became the first to adapt to the changes in the
make up of NHS Trusts.
The Forums affected have replicated the mergers in Trust
boundaries that are currently taking place. The Forums have been
preparing for this change for several months, with many
pre-empting the changes by already working in partnership with
every newly created Trust there is already a PPI Forum in place.