Hospital report on A & E performance
Cllr Chris Cullwick, Liberal Democrat Vice Chair of the Council’s Health Committee, has written to the Secretary of State to highlight the imminent challenges York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust faces this winter.
In a recent meeting of the Health, Housing and Adult Social Care Policy and Scrutiny Committee, the Trust reported on a number of serious risks which would undermine their ability to handle increased demand for services during the winter period.
Care services in York continue to face unprecedented financial challenges and despite the recently announced £350 million by the Chancellor for the NHS this winter, far more is needed to create the extra capacity required.
The ramifications of a ‘hard’ Brexit are also being felt, as the Trust reported difficulties in recruiting to vacant positions, previously occupied by EU workers.
Cllr Chris Cullwick said:
“I am seriously concerned about our City’s capacity to effectively respond to increasing service demand this winter.
York’s NHS and Adult Social Care services are already facing huge financial pressures in their day-to-day work and given the Chancellor’s recent omission of Adult Social Care funding in his Autumn Budget, the burden looks set to worsen.
Furthermore, the Government’s dogged pursuit of a ‘Hard Brexit’ has adversely affected previously sustainable workforces. Many EU Workers are leaving their care roles due to their tenuous position in the UK and services are finding it tough to replace them. Even if more money was available, this seriously weakens the Trust’s ability to manage during the winter months.
The risks are clear and; the Government must act swiftly to address these issues. I have written to the Secretary of State seeking his urgent attention to these issues and York’s position.
Only 8 volunteers have so far stepped forward in the Westfield Ward to act as “snow wardens”.
With continuing mild weather, the effects of Labours decision, to scrap most salt bins in the City, have yet to be felt.
But clearly most people don’t feel that they should be expected to make up for the Councils irresponsible attitude to safety
Many residents do, of course, routinely clear the footpaths outside their homes of snow but others are unable to do so for health or domestic reasons.
“Snow wardens” effectively formalise this tradition.
Snow wardens are given basic training by the Council. Volunteers are provided with a high-visibility vest, snow-clearing kit and grit (salt) so that they are able to make a difference in their neighbourhoods.
If you like to become a snow warden contact Michal on (01904) 551832, or e-mail email@example.com.
The next training session is taking place on Wednesday 4th December 2013, 18:00-20:00 (training and Q&A time)
A map showing the location of snow wardens in each ward can be found by clicking here.
The roads on which Westfield 8 volunteers are located are:
- Bramham Road
- The Green, Acomb
- Milner Street
- Askham Lane
- Severus Street
- Stuart Road
- Willoughby Way
- Middleton Road
The map currently shown on the Councils web site appears to be out of date.
NB. The Foxwood Residents Association has “saved” the salt bin which is located outside the shops on Beagle Ridge Drive.
They have agreed to pay for the bin to be retained and have set aside funding which will allow it to be filled twice (if necessary) during the current winter.
City of York Council says that it is is supporting Public Health England’s Cold Weather Plan which looks at ways of reducing unnecessary deaths and illness this winter.
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That’s a bit rich coming from a Council that has just decided to scrap 2/3 of the city’s self help salt bins and take around 30 miles of road off the gritting schedules!
They say that there are between 2000 and 2500 excess winter deaths each year in Yorkshire and Humber, many of which are preventable.
The Cold Weather Plan aims to prevent avoidable harm to people’s health by highlighting the negative health effects cold weather can have whilst enabling people to prepare and respond appropriately.