Further engagement following 21c 'Better Care Closer to Home' consultation

Here's the latest media release from the NHS in Derbyshire following on from its 14-week public consultation on proposals to provide joined up care closer to home:

The NHS release states:

Following 14 weeks of public consultation, the NHS in Derbyshire would like to thank everyone who took the time to contribute their feedback on the proposals put forward to provide better joined-up care closer to home.

We received over 1700 responses and these are now being analysed by an independent academic to ensure that all responses are fully taken into account.

When answering enquiries received during the consultation we became aware that incorrect figures were printed in two tables containing financial information in the pre-consultation business case (PCBC). As part of our commitment to a robust consultation process we also then asked independent auditors to check the entire PCBC and a third table was identified which included some errors. We are therefore holding a clarification exercise throughout November.

The aim of the clarification campaign, starting on 31st October and ending on 28th November, is to provide corrected versions of the tables and to ask whether or not this impacts on the feedback people provided during the consultation. The responses we receive will be used to help analyse the consultation data.

We would like to apologise for these errors and any confusion it may have caused. However, we can assure the public that the identified errors do not materially affect the proposals put forward for consultation.

The tables in question can be found on page 60 in the PCBC, page 81 in the appendices and page 94 of the PCBC. Full details and corrections can be found on our website – www.joinedupcare.org.uk – where the public can let us know whether this impacts on the feedback they have given.

A clarification document [PDF 126KB] is also available in local surgeries, community hospitals, or can be provided on request by contacting the CCGs at enquiries@northderbyshireccg.nhs.uk or on 01246 514176.

Steve Allinson, Chief Officer at NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, commented:

“We are grateful for all the feedback we have had through petitions, letters, our public meetings and responses to the consultation document. It’s unfortunate that these errors occurred and on behalf of all those involved in the 21c #JoinedUpCare programme I would like to offer our apologies to everyone in northern Derbyshire. We would like to assure people that the identified errors do not materially affect the proposals put forward for consultation; the incorrect tables were not used during the options appraisal process and the proposals were based on a range of factors rather than just cost.”

Andy Gregory, Chief Officer at NHS Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group, commented:

“Throughout the consultation we demonstrated our commitment to being open and transparent and so today we are publishing the corrected tables and invite anyone that contributed to the consultation to let us know if the new information has any impact on the feedback they have already given us and, if so, what that is. This period of further engagement will then enable us to consider whether the amended tables have had any impact on the feedback we received during the public consultation process.”

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