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Rutland Health Conference September 2019 held at the County Museum in Oakham

Care closer to home, easier access to mental health services, and better use of Rutland Memorial Hospital, were just some of the topics discussed at a conference focussed on the requirements of future health services in Rutland.

The Rutland Health and Social Care Policy Consortium organised the conference called 'A Health Plan for Rutland' at the County Museum on Wednesday (September 4).

About a 100 residents attended the conference.

The audience at the meeting
The audience at the meeting

Jennifer Fenelon, chairman of the Rutland Health and Social Care Policy Consortium, said: “Local People asked us to facilitate this event because people have felt very left out of real engagement in the planning of services.

"They have said so but continue to feel ‘talked at’ and not ‘listened to’.

“They know that, despite it being a small county, planning for Rutland is complex and want to help shape services.”

The last draft plan published in 2016, proposed the closure of 400 acute and maternity beds at Leicester Royal Infirmary and all of the beds at Rutland Memorial Hospital.

A local plan for Rutland was promised for 2018.

People expressed their frustration at not having received a hearing in the past and hoped that their local knowledge reflected at the meeting and in a forthcoming report, will now be recognised and applied to plans.

There was broad support for many of the proposals in the NHS Long Term Plan announced in January this year if it is delivered in Rutland.

There was a strong sense of what is required to deliver a 21st century health service to the Rutland community and in the coming weeks, all the proposals will be distilled into a report “A Health Plan For Rutland” and delivered to The Better Care Together Partnership.

This is the group of local health organisations which is tasked with improving delivery of healthcare locally, and

is due to prepare a draft plan for Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland by the end of September.

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