Cambridgeshire health bosses must start answering questions about their plans to dramatically reconfigure health services in the county says Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate Daniel Zeichner.

Mr Zeichner will attend the Board meeting of Cambridgeshire Clinical Commissioning Group being held in Huntingdon tomorrow (Tuesday) where it is expected that the successful bidders for the next stage in the process to determine who provides emergency health services for older people will be announced.

He will put a series of questions including:

Questioning the assertion that integrated care will be achieved when provision of social care is being passed back to Cambridgeshire County Council and so outside the scope of the new contract

Questioning the criteria that will be used to decide who wins the contract

Questioning the perverse incentives that could arise when providers are financially rewarded for preventing hospital admissions

Seeking assurances on the future of Brookfields Hospital in Cambridge.

“The changes proposed by the Clinical Commissioning Group have drawn national attention, but there has been very limited information made available and very limited public debate. There are many very serious as-yet unanswered questions which the CCG needs to answer.”


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