STP enquiry motion

At the conclusion of the STP enquiry, members of Darlington Borough Council voted unanimously to support the following motion:

This Council calls upon the Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group to ensure that any changes proposed by the draft NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) do not disadvantage Darlington residents and in light of evidence presented today, this Council calls upon the Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group to urgently revisit its proposals and confirm :-

1. That it will retain a full Accident and Emergency service at Darlington Memorial Hospital to ensure that the following risks are not realised:

(a)   The health risks to patients of longer journey times to hospital for urgent treatment;

(b)   The risks and problems to relatives and carers, particularly those from low income households, of longer and costly journeys to see patients; and

(c)    The risks to already stretched social care services of unfunded proposals for out of hospital services; and

2. That it will retain a consultant-led maternity and paediatric service at Darlington Memorial Hospital

3. This Council asks Members of the Health and Partnerships Scrutiny Committee to use their full powers to evaluate and challenge the details published in the STP as it moves forward.