Devon Senior Voice campaigns to make your voice heard!
Devon Senior Voice members have been extremely active since November 2016 participating in the two most recent Gateway Requests via Healthwatch Devon.
The first of these was in the Autumn and was reported on in the last magazine getting members involved in the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) consultation by both NEW Devon and South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Groups where it is proposed that the whole way services are delivered in the County will change and a number of Community hospital beds will close. Though obvious to most of us that the government is under-funding health and social care throughout the country and the idea put forward by Theresa May and Simon Stevens that the projected £24 billion deficit by 2021 can be covered by these reforms alone, is ridiculous. The issue for Devon Senior Voice is that the quality of care for the elderly is decreasing at a dramatic rate, as reported in articles in our magazine, and while the organisation is helping to promote the independence of older people in their own homes for as long as possible, it is also up to us to raise the concerns of those who cannot make their voices heard either because they have become too frail already or they are alone and unsupported.
Devon Senior Voice members have been active across the county, attending public meetings, scribing at these meetings and even arranging public meetings. Members spoke to the frail elderly about how changes would directly affect them and helped to feed back their views.
The second Gateway request came from Devon County Council in January. Several members of DSV attended a presentation and focus group recently in order to discuss the ‘Promoting Independence Policy’. The aim of the discussion was to examine the way that DCC promote independence, whether the policy document is user-friendly and understandable, and how the promotion of future engagement can be carried out.
For more information see Issue 32 of our newsletter.
As part of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan our members have more recently been involved in responding to the consultation and attending meetings looking at the Acute Services Review at Devon’s four acute hospitals considering Stroke, Maternity and Urgent and Emergency.