I FEEL I must take the acting chairman of Solihull Care Trust to task over her comments about the proposed Darzi Clinic (polyclinic). Every week I speak with many people and to date there is only one person who has knowingly received the consultation document referred to.
I really do feel that the Care Trust should publish the number of responses they have received, because 75 per cent in favour of their proposals could still be a very small number if, as I suspect, the response rate was very low.
As I have taken a personal interest in this issue, I had to look at the document on the internet as one didn't arrive on my doormat. I was astounded to read the questions which were guaranteed to give the Care Trust the answers they wanted.
But what amazes me is the complete lack of consultation with local health care professionals - the people who should really know what is needed for the residents of Solihull.
We are fortunate to have many outstanding GPs in our town and it seems they are being completely undermined for the sake of implementing Government policy designed to meet the needs of London not Solihull. Why not stand up to the Government and put a Solihull solution forward that adds to our current GP service provision?
I have no idea how the acting chairman can categorically state that existing services will not be diminished by the Darzi clinic - can she guarantee this? I doubt it. She offers to consult further with us. Well let's hope the next consultation is a genuine one and not predetermined.
Any business spending such huge amounts of money should be able to produce a sound business case. I don't believe this has been done for the Darzi Clinic - a one-size fits all approach is not the answer for Solihull.
Maggie Throup, Solihull Conservatives.