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Liberal Democrats fear cuts in support to HIV sufferers in Torbay


Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council have called in a decision recently published by the council to end on the 30th September the Torbay public health funding of local provision of advocacy, care and support for people who have been diagnosed with HIV and their carers and family members and redirect them to nationally available digital provision and help lines as appropriate.
This means that in the next 10 working days a scrutiny hearing will have to be held by Torbay Council to consider the merits of the decision.
The leader of the Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council, Steve Darling, who proposed the call-in petition, said: “The call-in promoters welcome the fact that recent advances in medicine have resulted in the life span of HIV sufferers being considerably improved. However, because of the residual stigma of the disease, this client group should be seen as a particularly vulnerable one. We note that the AIDS support grant has now been incorporated into the public health grant so it is difficult to pinpoint the level of funding, but this funding still remains part of public health core funding. The local cessation of this service will inevitably result in costs being shunted on to other health and social care services. We fear that this proposal will further marginalise some of the most vulnerable in our society.“

The call-in notice is as follows:
Reasons for call-in of the decision by Director of Public Health Torbay to cease the Torbay public health funding of local provision of advocacy, care and support for people who have been diagnosed with HIV and their carers and family members on 30 September 2017 and to redirect people to nationally available digital provision, websites and helplines as appropriate.

1. What were the findings of the “in-depth review” of the needs of people living with a diagnosis of HIV?
2. What consultation was carried out and how were the results of the consultation taken into account in reaching the decision?
3. What are the consequences of this decision on other health and social care services in Torbay?
4. How does this service fit with other services provided in Torbay for those living with a diagnosis of HIV?
5. What are the impacts of this decision and how will they be mitigated?

In short, we wish the Director of Public Health to make her case for withdrawing this service, which seems to be lacking in the information that is provided in the Record of Decision.

Contact – Steve Darling mobile:07736658666


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