This consultation is highly flawed, below is a detailed breakdown of some of the lies already being pressed on the public
All Our Futures 2005
This review did not come until 2008, under the guise of the Comprehensive Spending review.
Comprehensive Spending Review 2008
- Accessability & Location
- Quality of Physical Environment
- Inter-Dependencies/impact on other services
- Flexibility for futue development/diversification
- Restrictions on privacy/existence of double rooms
- Cost per bed per week
None of these homes closed, it was not until 2013 that Greenisland and Rathmoyle began to see changes, the NHSCT failed to implement their own plans and created the problems we see today.
NHSCT Consultation 2013
This document also speaks of intermediate care beds, this is a long raging topic of interest with the removal of these beds at the Mid Ulster Hospital patients must stay in Antrim, Craigavon or Causeway following a hospital episode and run contrary to Transforming Your Care principle of being care for in a community setting.
The business case also states:
Over the last 3 years the Northern Health and Social Care Trust (NHSCT) has
invested considerable resources in;
• Domiciliary care
• Intermediate care
• Integrated community teams
• Telehealth and Telecare
• Palliative Care
This however has all been done through financing the private sector, the Trust has not increased its internal capacity to service the needs of a aging population.
The case also states:
Westlands – In early April 2013 Westlands accommodated 16 long-term residents. As intermediate care beds will be provided in alternative locations and as there is availability of alternative residential care placements in the Cookstown locality Westland’s could be closed by the end of November 2013.
Where these beds are located are not mentioned in the case and from prior knowledge we already know that the only intermediate care beds that have been funded by the Trust are in Brooklands Health Center in Antrim, and is not local to the population. There are 16 long term residents in Westlands, if the home was allowed to admit more people the care home would be full to capacity and actually have a waiting list according to local carers.
Referenced in the business case was a best practice policy devised by the Trust in 2011, they knew then what they were going to do but failed to act in the best interests of residents: http://www.northerntrust.hscni.net/pdf/Residential_or_Nursing_Home_Closure.pdf