Labour’s Suzy Stride calls for care summit over Princess Alexandra crisis

Politics / Tue 13th Jan 2015 at 09:25am

LABOUR Parliamentary candidate Suzy Stride has said that a crisis in local social care services is fuelling the extreme pressure on local A and E services. The Parliamentary candidate has called an urgent summit of local care providers to meet her and Shadow Minister and older people, Liz Kendal MP.

Suzy Stride will also hold a meeting with the Chief Executive of the Princess Alexandra Hospital this week to discuss Harlow’s winter NHS crisis.

During the Christmas and New Year period Princess Alexandra Hospital urged patients not to use its emergency department unless they are seriously ill or suffering from a life-threatening condition.

Suzy Stride says that cuts to local Social Care budgets have had a knock effect on local NHS services citing Essex County Council cuts such as the decision to close Mundy House, the only Dementia Day Care centre in Essex as piling the pressure on local A and E services.

Figures on released by NHS England last week, revealed waiting times in NHS accident and emergency (A&E) departments across England have failed to meet Government targets, showing the worst quarterly result in a decade.

Labour aims to bring key stakeholders together at the meeting to discuss the particular challenges facing Harlow’s Health and Social Care Services.

Various town care organisations, health charities, carers and care workers are being invited to attend the summit which aims to bring local healthcare professionals together to meet the challenges that local services face.

If you work in care or have experience of local care services and would like to attend the summit email [email protected] for more details.

Suzy Stride said;

“In the conversations I have with healthcare professionals it is abundantly clear that cuts to Social Care are having an impact on the Health Service and A&E in particular in Harlow.

“Cuts to Social Care funding have contributed to delays in discharging patients back home in a timely way.”

“This is compounded by the problem of ‘exit block’ where patients can’t be discharged because of a shortage of social care beds and community care. In part this explains the particularly dire situation over Christmas as social care runs a reduced service.”

“I have asked the next Minister for Care and Older People, Liz Kendal to visit Harlow to listen to local practitioners to hear the challenges they face on the ground.”

“It is also going to be important to have a discussion about how Labour will integrate health and social care services more closely to avoid some of the problems we are seeing right now in Harlow.”

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