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Right Track, Right Speed, Right Destination

Gill Brown, Chief ExecutiveGill Brown, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Lancashire, says:

“Lancashire’s health and social care services have been working together within the constraints of a national model known as ‘Building The Right Support’ to ensure that future services for people in Lancashire with learning disabilities will be safe, effective and person centred. The national model designated six ‘fast track’ areas to speed up this process and help shape the national model, one of these areas is Lancashire.

Our health and social care services in the county embraced this challenge and have worked hard and with tenacity to develop a plan to develop new services.

A key component of their plan is to support Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust so it can continue to support and care for patients until these new community based services are ready to take over this important role for some of the most vulnerable in our society. This is vital to ensure that patients travel safely on the right track, at the right speed, to the right destination.

Therefore the recent announcement of the closure of Calderstone’s hospital has the potential to undermine Lancashire’s plan. Feedback collated from residents informs us that to travel at an accelerated speed for these particularly vulnerable residents has the potential to be dangerous and unsafe. The impact on patients, relatives, carers, staff and residents could be devastating.

So, lets hope we get back on the right track, that Lancashire’s plan is supported nationally and future services for people in Lancashire with learning disabilities will be safe, effective and person centred.”