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Clacton patients have their say on health and social care
2:00pm Thursday 7th March 2013 in News
RESIDENTS have called for less paperwork and more support for carers at the first Clacton meeting of a new healthcare panel.
About 50 people turned out to the Tendring Community Voluntary Services, in Rosemary Road, to have their say over the future of health and social care in Essex.
The public meeting on Friday was set up by the independent Who Will Care Commission, which is looking into the challenges in health and social services in the face of an aging population and Government cuts.
Panel member GP Dr Gary Sweeney, who is also chairman of the new North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, said the findings of the ongoing consultation will be printed in a report in the autumn.
“In Tendring we have problems with social isolation, an increasing elderly population and deprivation, which is important from other parts of the country, such as the east end of London,” he added.
“Some of the answers could be people taking more responsibility for themslevs
“We need to co-ordinate health and social care, so will be listening to people’s stories about the care they receive.”
Anyone who would like to take part in the consultation, which started in January, is asked to have their say at www.whowillcare.info