Latest update on our community services review

Dr Finola Lynch, a local GP and clinical lead for the Community Services Review, said: “There is no mention of halving MIUs in Shropshire or cuts to services in the Community Services review report. It is a working document discussing how these services are run currently. What the report has identified is there is duplication, variability in service provision and inequity of access to MIUs, Community Beds and the DAARTS services across the county. There is a clinical need for these services, but we need to ensure they are fit for the future and are commissioned fairly for everyone in Shropshire. Services need be based on local health needs, not on whether they are lucky enough to live close to a particular service or not. This is particularly important for our patients based in the more rural parts of the county.

“No decisions have been made, there are no recommendations, and no options have even been developed at this very early stage in the review. 

“Anything about the outcome of this review is pure speculation and rumour at the moment as to date we have only completed desk research, using available data, and some pre-engagement with staff and patients. We have visited sites across the county to get direct input from staff and patients currently using the service and this is now being reviewed.

“Our Community Services Review aims to develop community services that are consistent and fair for patients across Shropshire as we recognise there is real variation in the way services are provided across the county. We want to work with GPs, staff and clinicians to consider how we can develop services that support local communities, take advantage of new technologies and ensure our doctors and staff are able to offer the maximum benefit for patients.”