From October to December last year Fit for My Future held 18 drop-in sessions across Somerset, four Facebook video chats and received 659 responses to our questionnaire. We want to thank you again for taking the time to get in touch with us.
Here are a few of the things we’ve heard from you, your families and your communities:
• 49% of respondents agreed we should concentrate more specialist care services (like stroke) in fewer places, even if it means some patients and their visitors have to travel further. 33% didn’t agree, with 18% unsure.
• Decisions shouldn’t be made on the basis of funds alone – “This should not be based on a cost-cutting exercise but promoted as a way of ensuring that a patient receives the very best care.”
• Several people said that if mental health issues were ‘self-inflicted’ i.e. through drug abuse and lifestyle choice, it shouldn’t receive the same priority as physical health.
• Many thought that staffing levels must be adequate enough to support a community approach – it’s important not to ‘dilute’ expertise.
• 94% of respondents agreed that the same high quality support from urgent and emergency care services should be provided to everyone in Somerset 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some thought this was already the case: “Not sure it’s that difficult just now. Call your GP during weekday, and 111 out of hours.”
You can read more about Somerset’s ideas for health and care, as well as what you think we missed by downloading our engagement report:
The great news is that it looks like some of the ideas you’ve had can be implemented shortly, and we’ll share these with you as soon as we can.
We’ve also set up focus groups to discuss how we should carry out our consultation on changes to health and care options which may have a greater impact, which will be happening in the autumn. No decisions will be made on these until after we’ve spoken to you.
We’ll keep in touch as things progress, but if you have any questions just get in touch.
The Somerset Waste Partnership January Briefing is available here: SWP Briefing January 2019
A copy of the Somerset Waste Partnership December Briefing is available here: SWP Briefing December 2018
Following the TDBC Planning Committee considering the Taunton Road Development planning application in October, David Wilson Homes have submitted amended plans which will be considered by the TDBC Planning Committee again on Wednesday 5th December. Details of the Planning Committee meeting are available here: Committee Meeting notification
Please attend the Planning Committee meeting, if you are able, to express your views regarding the application.
SCC wants to hear as many people’s views on the proposed changes to the support the County Council provides for children and their families.
How can people get involved?
People can share their views by completing a questionnaire which is available online at www.somerset.gov.uk/getsetconsultation, or a hard copy which is available in the 8 main Family Centres and libraries, and at the information “Drop in” sessions (Detailed below).
Drop In Sessions
Tuesday 13th November Glastonbury Library, 1 Orchard Court, BA6 9JB 10.00am – 6.00pm
Wednesday 14th November The Key Centre, Feltham Lane, Frome, BA11 5AJ 10.00am – 12.00pm
Wednesday 14th November Frome Library, Justice Lane, BA11 1BE 1.00pm – 6.00pm
Monday 19th November The Hub, Hopcott Road, Minehead, TA24 6DJ 10.00am – 6.00pm
Thursday 22nd November Taunton Library, (Wellbeing Zone), Paul Street, TA1 3XZ 10.00am – 6.00pm
Wednesday 28th November Victoria Park Community Centre, Victoria Park Drive, Bridgwater, TA6 7AS 10.00am – 6.00pm
Tuesday 4th December Yeovil Methodist Church, Vicarage Walk, Middle Street, BA20 1JZ 10.00am – 6.00pm
If anyone would like a hard copy sent to them, or any of the information in an alternative format, for example larger print or translated into a different language, please email email@example.com or telephone 01823 357479.
The closing date for consultation responses is 5pm, Monday 31 December 2018.