Posted on July 23, 2013

Concern over care at home talks in Stoke

There are to be consultations in Staffordshire about home care; however, the local organisation that represents the pensioners will not be included. There are plans for Local Healthwatch, the independent watchdog, to interview those who are in receipt of domiciliary home care within the city of Stoke-on-Trent.  These interviews are part of a review of healthcare services in the area.  The North Staffs Pensioners' Convention (NSPC) wants to be represented at the interviews after its petition led to the decision to carry out the review; however, as the council has determined that the group is already involved, it will not be allowed to take part in the interviews.  Representatives of the council will not be allowed to attend either, which has been explained as preventing a conflict of interest. The review was agreed when the NSPC raised a petition with more than 8,000 signatories.  The group has accused the council of having something to hide and has stated that it simply wants to make sure that the interests of pensioners are represented fairly; the group will still be involved within the review process. All those who use the service, and their relatives and carers, are welcome to take part in the review, and there will be a number of events that people can attend to find out more.  These begin at the end of July and will carry on until the middle of August.  Attendees who want to take part should reserve a place in advance.
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