Public meeting over proposed changes to health services

PUBLISHED: 08:47 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:22 15 June 2010

A PUBLIC meeting has been called to give over-50s in Honiton a chance to find out more and comment on proposed changes to health and social care in Devon.

A PUBLIC meeting has been called to give over-50s in Honiton a chance to find out more and comment on proposed changes to health and social care in Devon.Honiton Senior Council will host the event, taking place in the Mackarness Hall at 10.30am on October 23."Those in charge of radical new changes in Devon's health and welfare services for older people have agreed to be scrutinised at an open meeting," said the council's chairman, Vernon Whitlock."The conference is being held by the senior council, which provides a voice for thousands of over 50s to have a say on health, welfare and other matters."Many changes are being proposed in this new strategy and those responsible for health and social care really do need to know, and want to know, what over 50s think about them."Mr Whitlock, a former Mayor of Honiton, says he wants over-50s in Honiton to help set the agenda for health and social care for years to come.Senior council secretary Tony Simpson said: "We are being given details of the policy changes and services planned, some of which are ambitious and clearly rely on changes in attitudes as well as resources and expenditure."These include reductions in residential care and emergency hospital admissions, with far more emphasis on home care and other forms of care to promote choice, control and independence."Will this suit everyone? Can it be delivered? And will the resources be available? We shall all be affected, whether at home or in care, with family or living alone."Policymakers and those who will be charged with delivering new services will be at the meeting to hear local residents' views.To find out more, call Mr Simpson on (01404) 548228.


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