NHS Improvement made an announcement that it will be creating two new NHS foundation trusts in the Liverpool area.
These new trusts were created on 1 May.
Wirral Community FT provides community health services including community nursing, therapies, GP out-of-hours and walk-in-centres from more than 40 bases in the Wirral, Cheshire and Liverpool.
In a report from the National Health Executive it states:
“As foundation trusts, both will now have the freedom to develop services more tailored to the needs of the populations they serve.”
“Foundation trust status is granted to organisations after they prove they are well-led in a CQC inspection. It is meant to offer them freedom from central government control, the ability to retain surpluses and borrow money and the chance to make local people members and governors.”
In the meeting Eastham Councillors had with the CCG regarding the closure of the Walk in Center here in Eastham, we were told that pressure was being brought by NHS England and Jeremy Hunt, regarding times and numbers, and that they were not receiving the finances they required due to the Government austerity cuts.
I fail to see how the closure of the Eastham Walk in Center can “develop the needs of the population it serves” or have the desired effects on reducing the numbers that present to ArrowePark hospital, or in any way aid in reducing the current waiting times.