- 2018 National Retired Members Conference
- 19 June 2018
This Conference notes that the consultation process involving STPs and representative organisations for older people is, to say the least, patchy. In some areas of the country STPs are failing to consult or engage with organisations that represent older people and crucial services are either being introduced or withdrawn without due process taking place. Needs of older people are simply being ignored as health professionals grapple with the problems of trying to do “more with less” as the Department of Health would have us believe is possible.
Conference considers this to be a deplorable situation and therefore instructs the National Retired Members Committee to:
1) conduct a survey of Retired Members Sections to ascertain how widespread this problem is
2) at the same time encourage Retired Members Sections to become involved with consultation exercises with STPs in their area
3) in conjunction with the National Executive Council and with representative organisations for older people and other service user groups in England to seek to persuade the Department of Health to agree a clear process for consultation which is uniformly applied across England