Lib Dems call for Urgent Review of the running of Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group

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The NHS needs to have people within it capable of developing long-term strategies in the light of short term difficulties.

Today I have written to the Chief Executive of NHS Improvement asking his organisation to undertake an immediate inspection of the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group in the light of its announcements of cuts to two front line community care organisations, YPAS and the Alzheimer’s Society and its negligent governance revealed by Labour MP for West Lands Rosie Cooper.

In a letter to the Chief Executive of NHS Improvement I have said,

“I am writing to you to ask you to take urgent action to review the capacity of the Liverpool CCG to undertake its affairs in a strategic and effective way

I am prompted to do this by three things:

  1. The cuts of almost 50% to the Young Persons’ Advisory Service
  2. The cuts of more than 50% to the Alzheimer’s Society.
  3. The obscenity of the 30% increase in payment for some Board members without due process or authorisation.

We know that the NHS is facing severe pressures as are all parts of the public sector. But we also know that the only way to relieve the pressure on our acute services is to do more in terms of stopping people becoming ill (Public Health) and treating them in the community at all stages where possible (Primary and Social Care). The cuts being made by the CCG fly in the face of this knowledge.

These two cuts (and there may well be more that I do not know about) will not save money. They are penny wise and pound foolish. By not helping young people with mental health problems and the elderly with dementia in the community the result will be more people needing expensive acute beds which are already under severe pressure”.

Bearing in mind my national brief as Lib Dem spokes on Health and Social care at the LGA I have also said, “Liverpool and all parts of England need to have in place CCGs and Trusts capable of thinking ahead and taking hard decisions about hard priorities. I now have no confidence in the ability of the CCG in Liverpool to do this”.

The full letter to NHS Improvement Chief Executive Jim Mackey is appended.

Cllr Richard Kemp CBE,

16, Dovedale Road,

Liverpool L18 1DW

Richardkemp68@yahoo.co.uk

                                                           07885 626913

 

Jim Mackey

Chief Executive,

NHS Improvement,

Wellington House,

133-135 Waterloo Road,

London SE1 8US

14th June 2017

Dear Sir,

Re:       Liverpool CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group)

I am writing to you to ask you to take urgent action to review the capacity of the Liverpool CCG to undertake its affairs in a strategic and effective way.

I am prompted to do this by three things:

  • The cuts of almost 50% to the Young Persons’ Advisory Service
  • The cuts of more than 50% to the Alzheimer’s Society.
  • The obscenity of the 30% increase in payment for some Board members without due process or authorisation.

We know that the NHS is facing severe pressures as are all parts of the public sector. But we also know that the only way to relieve the pressure on our acute services is to do more in terms of stopping people becoming ill (Public Health) and treating them in the community at all stages where possible (Primary and Social Care). The cuts being made by the CCG fly in the face of this knowledge.

These two cuts (and there may well be more that I do not know about) will not save money. They are penny wise and pound foolish. By not helping young people with mental health problems and the elderly with dementia in the community the result will be more people needing expensive acute beds which are already under severe pressure.

The priority of the CCG appears not to be to have long-term strategies being developed to move money from acute care but to line the pockets of people who are, at least in public sector terms already very well paid.

Although relations between the CCG and its predecessors have always been good I am afraid that I now have no confidence in their ability to chart the way for the NHS through troubled waters in Liverpool. As an elected representative on the Health & Well Being Board I do not feel that information is being shared with us to ensure that we fulfil our role of undertaking the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and the policies and programmes that should flow from this.

I would be pleased to talk with you at greater length about this but in the meantime I seek an urgent assurance from you that you either are or will be looking at the workings of the Liverpool CCG to examine both their strategies and their processes to ensure that the People of Liverpool are being looked after properly in these troubled times

Yours sincerely,

Cllr Richard Kemp CBE

Leader Liverpool Liberal Democrats,

Lib Dem Spokesperson on Health & Social Care, Local Government Association

 

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About richardkemp

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool. UK representative on UCLG Finance Committee, Executive Bureau and World Council. Deputy Chair and Lib Dem Spokesperon on the LGA Community Wellbeing Board. Married to the lovely Cllr Erica Kemp CBE with three children and three grandchildren.
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