Bullshit alert to Joint Health Scrutiny Committee over “independent” report on consultation findings – deputation statement to today’s meeting

Right Care Right Time Right Place consultation findings – Personal deputation statement to 7 Sept 2016 JHSC – Jenny Shepherd

I would like to raise a bullshit alert about the so-called Independent report on consultation findings.

IT FINDS THAT MOST PEOPLE SAID THEY WOULD BE NEGATIVELY AFFECTED BY THE PROPOSALS.
ACCORDING TO THE INDEPENDENT REPORTERS, WE ONLY SAID THIS BECAUSE WE DON’T UNDERSTAND THE DETAIL OF THE PROPOSED CLINICAL MODEL.

This is basically telling the CCGs that they don’t need to rethink their proposals, they just need to convince us we don’t understand them and then try and convince us to see them their way – which in their eyes will mean we then understand them.

It’s NOT that we don’t understand them. We do understand them, and that is why we reject them.

FLAWED CONSULTATION PROCESS

From the start, Calderdale and Kirklees 999 Call for the NHS and the various member organisations protested at the flawed Consultation document, survey and pre-consultation business plan, and argued strongly for the Consultation to be postponed until the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) corrected the many errors and omissions in their consultation document.

Our pleas were ignored by the powers-that-be, from the CCGs to the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee, and the consultation went ahead on the basis of seriously inadequate consultation materials.

During the consultation, we attended most drop in sessions and asked questions that aimed to clarify and make good the flaws in the consultation document – which has to be the cause of any public confusion about the proposed clinical models.

We received NO adequate answers to our questions at the drop in sessions.

We next wrote to the CCGs with a list of 38 separate flaws in the consultation document and pre consultation business case, asking for the CCGs to correct them and to make their answers accessible to the public.

It took more than a month for the CCGs to respond and when they did, their replies did not answer our questions: the mostly either denied the validity of our questions, or simply repeated the information that we had questioned.

We made a detailed response to the CCGs’ replies and posted it on our blog and over social media.

I have emailed Councillors this document, for your information.

In the remaining public meetings and drop in sessions we persisted -but failed – in trying to get adequate answers to our questions.

Since the consultation ended, on behalf of CK999 and its member organisations, I have written to Calderdale CCG and the Right Care Programme manager, asking for adequate answers to our questions in advance of the 13th September stakeholder engagement event on the consultation findings. They have refused.

It is our clear contention that the CCG’s failure to provide full, accurate information to the public means the consultation process has been deeply flawed and has not been fit for purpose.

“Independent” Commissioning Support Unit’s cop out over consultation flaws

We think it is a cop out for the so-called Independent report on the consultation findings  to say that respondents to the consultation have rejected the clinical model because we don’t understand how it would work.

Although the consultation documents and face to face sessions were vague about the details, there is enough information from elsewhere about how this proposed clinical model works, and enough professional and patients’ analysis of its shortcomings, for us to understand it all too well. And this is why respondents have rejected it.

I urge the JHSC to reject the consultation findings on the grounds that the consultation process was deeply flawed and not fit for purpose.

A final point is, that the report says there is evidence that many respondents accept the need for change.

So why doesn’t the report list the kind of changes widely advocated by the public both at meetings and in the consultation responses?

Like proper NHS funding and an end to NHS marketisation and privatisation?

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