Healthwatch: Concerns over care funding in Thurrock

IN THE second part of our pieces on adult social care funding, we spoke to chair of Thurrock Healthwatch, Kim James and asked Kim to outline her concerns for funding for adult social care in Thurrock.

Kim said:

Healthwatch Thurrock is very aware of the pressure to make savings within all areas of Thurrock Council. We have concerns around the impact this could have on Social Care Services being delivered to some of Thurrock’s most vulnerable residents.

All plans for changes to services have to be agreed at Thurrock’s Health and Well-Being Overview and Scrutiny Committee, on which we hold a seat as do Thurrock Coalition. As two independent voices that represent the community, we are able to challenge decisions and gain clarity around the impact this will have on the Residents of Thurrock using services.

Some of those concerns have already been challenged, including the proposed changes to the Meals on Wheels Service and the cost of Double Handed Care for Domiciliary Services.

Also, our seat on the Health and Well-Being Board, gives us the opportunity to raise the concerns of our residents, especially where there are changes being discussed for whatever reason, including funding cuts.

We continue to ensure that the voices of the people of Thurrock are heard in the right places and will continue to use our powers to enable those voices to be heard at the right tables.

If any residents are concerned about changes and the impact of those changes on their care delivery they can contact us and discuss those concerns www.healthwatchthurrock.org

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