NHS Kernow has launched a consultation on the future of non-emergency patient transport. This Consultation includes proposed changes to arrangements for funded travel from the Isles of Scilly.
The proposals that effect residents in Scilly are as follows:
Only fund transport by the Scillonian III to the mainland for patients travelling to the mainland and back in more than one day, during the period that the Scillonian III operates.
Patients choosing to fly would be expected to pay the difference between the cost of the boat and the cost of the flight. Patients travelling over to the mainland and back in one day would automatically qualify for NHS funded transport by flight, all year round. Outside of the period that the boat operates all patients would continue to qualify for flights.
Only fund flights to Lands’ End; patients choosing to fly to Newquay would be expected to pay the difference between the cost of the flight to Lands’ End and the cost of the flight to Newquay.
Cease funding the shuttle bus service provided by SkyBus for patients travelling from Lands’ End to Penzance.
Carol Clarke from Healthwatch Isles of Scilly commented "The NHS non-urgent patient transport proposals are out for consultation for 12 weeks. Healthwatch Isles of Scilly encourages everyone to read the consultation document and return a survey. You can do this online or pick up a paper copy from the Healthwatch Office or the Post Office. NHS Kernow will hold a public meeting on St Marys, date to be confirmed. Meanwhile, people could send any additional comments to the address on the survey."
"There are several live consultations at the moment and there will be more, as the NHS reviews many of its policies and contracts. We will continue to advertise all these opportunities as they arise."
The consultation runs until the 6th March and we will keep you updated here on radioscilly.com and on 107.9fm Radio Scilly.
You can read the consultation document, and take an online survey or download a survey by clicking the link below.