A series of public consultation meetings have taken place across the South Eastern area for members of the public to join in on the debate about the future of health and social care services in Northern Ireland (NI).
Major plans to set the direction of health and social care in NI were issued for public consultation, by Health and Social Care Minister Edwin Poots MLA, on 9th October and will run until 15 January 2013.
Dr Nigel Campbell, Chair of the South Eastern Local Commissioning Group explains: “Transforming Your Care (TYC):Vision to Action, is a consultation document summarising the changes proposed to Northern Ireland’s Health and Social Care system. The proposals focus on reshaping services in order to make best use of all available resources ensuring that the services which we provide to our population are safe, resilient and sustainable into the future.”
“The South Eastern LCG would like to thank those for attending its recent meetings held in Downpatrick, Lisburn and Newtownards. The meetings were attended by many service users; carers; political, community, voluntary and union representatives as well as staff who shared their views on a range of issues including; respite care, learning disability and mental health services, carers support, integrated care partnerships, staffing pressures and residential care,” he said.
Dr Campbell added: “At this point no decisions have been made. This consultation is aimed at everyone. We all either use health and social care services, or are highly likely to do so in future; or indeed you may be involved in providing health and social care services.
“The consultation process is still continuing and I would encourage everyone who has not yet done so to get involved in the debate and have your views on the proposals heard before the consultation end on 15 January 2013.”
“Getting involved in the process is simple,” concluded Dr Campbell, “You can log onto the consultation website at www.tycconsultation.hscni.net and complete the online questionnaire or Tel. (028) 9055 3970 to find out more about the consultation process. You can also find us on Facebook at facebook.com/tycconsultation or follow us on twitter @tycconsultation.
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