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Assurances made over NHS changes

HEALTH bosses have urged residents not to worry about a major shake-up in Solihull.

HEALTH bosses have urged residents not to worry about a major shake-up in Solihull.

From April 1, services managed by Solihull NHS Care Trust will become the responsibility of other organisations.

Solihull Council will regain control of adult social services, which they’d looked after before the care trust was formed.

Earlier this month, councillors were briefed on how the hand-over would be handled.

And most community health services will be transferred to Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust - which runs Solihull Hospital.

But despite the changes, the care trust has given assurances that patients will not suffer.

Claire Molloy, chief executive, said: “People who receive these services should not feel concerned about this.

“Beyond changed stationary and name badges worn by staff providing their care, they are unlikely to see any difference.”

Heart of England hasn’t confirmed plans for individual departments, though a restructure is likely to revive fears about services being transferred to other hospitals.

Solihull MP Lorely Burt said she would seek a meeting with chief executive Mark Newbold if this was on the cards.

A spokesman said: “We are focused on providing local services for local people and any changes proposed will be openly and thoroughly explored with all stakeholders.”

The changes come as part of a radical overhaul of the NHS, being driven by the Coalition Government.

By 2013, GPs will become responsible for some 80 per cent of the health budget, with primary care trusts disbanded altogether.

Critics have said that there hasn’t been any consultation over the changes.



Cathrina Hulse
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