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By Fiona Reid
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Your chance to question health bosses

QUESTIONS are being invited on the performance of Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership last year.

Senior managers are ready to provide answers about 2021-22, following the publication of the latest annual review.

That report praises health and social care staff for their work fighting the second year of the covid pandemic – and highlights many pressures which continue to this day – see below.

Senior management will discuss the review and answer questions in an online meeting next week and questions can be sent in by visiting http://dghscp.co.uk/performance-and-data/annual-review/

Strategic planning and transformation manager David Rowland said: “The annual review is how the partnership is held to account. The Scottish Government has set nine health and wellbeing objectives for every region in the country, and we have to hold ourselves to them and report how well we are doing.

“2021-2022 has been a very tough year for Dumfries and Galloway, and health and social care have been under unprecedented pressure – pressure that continues to this day. The Review recognises areas where we have done well, and areas where we have not yet met our ambitions and aspirations. It also talks about the change and innovation that has happened over the year, a lot of it driven by the pandemic, and how that has improved services for people in the region.

“The Partnership is accountable to the people of Dumfries and Galloway. Anyone can ask senior management a question about the Partnership’s performance at the meeting this month, and get an answer in public.”

The panel meets on Wednesday and includes partnership chief officer Julie White, council chief social worker Lillian Cringles, partnership chief finance officer Katy Kerr, integration joint board chair Laura Douglas, and IJB vice-chair Andy McFarlane.

A video and transcript of the meeting will be published shortly after the meeting finishes.

 

Review findings

* Alcohol and drug treatments are promptly available locally

* Most people in D&G say they are able to look after their own health

* The region has some of the most successful vaccination programmes in the UK, both for covid and for other diseases

* Good support for unpaid carers, including new Carers Centre at DGRI

* Rising demand for health and social care, together with staff shortages, put a heavy burden on the people working across the Partnership

* Waiting lists have grown

* Some planned care and operations have been delayed

* Work has been done on making care more accessible and more efficient

 

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