The 'Fit for Future' review has concluded its formal consultation and will now consider recommendations.
St. Margaret’s Chief Executive Ann Lee said: “This has been a very thorough exercise designed to involve and engage with the whole community. A growing elderly population with increasingly complex medical needs means we just physically won’t have the resources required to accommodate this increased demand. So, we have to look at ways we can reach and care for more people, using technology and partnership working, to develop suitable care models.
“As a charity we heavily rely on the generosity of our local community and loyal supporters, however the ever-increasing cost of care is overtaking our levels of charitable income. This is exacerbated by the risk of reduced funding, which is a pattern that is happening across the country. This consultation has helped us identify where there are gaps in the provision of care and where we can improve the way we work with the network, from GPs and hospitals through to families and carers.”
Recommendations from the consultation will now go to the Board of Trustees and new care models that can be rolled out nationally are expected to be piloted next Spring.
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