HSCP welcomes ‘community commitment’ ahead of crunch meeting

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A meeting in Lochgilphead will hear the voice of patients is being ‘ignored’ as health chiefs review public engagement on health and social care services.

As reported in last week’s edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser, concerns arose after Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) withdrew support and participation from Mid Argyll Health and Care Forum.

Members of the forum – designed to be made up of members of the public, third sector representatives and health professionals – expressed anger that, in their view, public engagement is being ignored.

A HSCP spokesman said: ‘The Health and Social Care Partnership is extremely grateful for the commitment and the enthusiasm our hard-working community representatives have for improving health and social care in Argyll and Bute and we would encourage them to feed back any issues they have locally.’

Argyll and Bute HSCP is consulting on its latest draft strategic plan and the spokesperson continued: ‘The HSCP undertook an evaluation of the existing locality health and care forums in the autumn of 2018.

‘One aspect of the evaluation involved a survey of members as well as detailed semi-structured interviews with the chairs of these groups so that we can continue to build effective and sustainable engagement mechanisms.

‘We will be sharing the completed report, and the recommendations, with all participants in February.’

A special meeting of Mid Argyll Health and Care Forum will be held on Thursday February 14 at Lochgilphead Parish Church Hall, starting at 6.30pm, at which everyone is welcome.