There is much to be proud of in how we look after each other on the Island. We take good care of each other – and want to continue doing so.
However, there are a number of challenges facing our health and care services – and they are continuing to grow.
In March this year we issued a call to action to everyone on the Isle of Wight to work with us to address the challenges we face in providing health and care services. We asked people to:
We produced a new leaflet setting out some of these challenges in more detail and we made this available across the Island, posting copies through everyone's door and making them available in doctor's surgeries, libraries and help centres. We also produced an easy read version which you can find at the bottom of this page together with a more detailed technical document giving you more facts and figures.
We made it clear that if we don’t take action now, the combined Isle of Wight health and social care system will face a funding shortfall of £52 million by 2020. Without change some people across the Island will go without the level of care they need.
We have a rare opportunity to look at things again and get it right. A chance to ensure everyone on the Island can access the services they need, in the most appropriate place for them to be delivered.
We've had a great response from the Island community - thank you! Over 700 people responded formally to our Island-wide survey, over 400 attended our community events and 317 people were involved in community discussions. You can read a summary of all the feedback we received here.
It's not too late though to let us know your views - you can still email us at MLAFL@iow.gov.uk or get in touch with us by phone 01983 822099 extension 3085 and these comments will help inform the formal consultation which will take place towards the end of this year.
This is only the first step in a really important conversation this year about what you want from the Island’s health and care services. There will be more opportunities to get involved and to have your say in the coming weeks and months.