Public consultation 2014
Cancer will touch most people’s lives at some time. Either someone close to them will develop cancer or they will develop it themselves. That’s why we carried out a 12-week public consultation so that everyone in Merseyside, Cheshire and the surrounding areas could have a say on our proposals for Transforming Cancer Care.
Our public consultation ran from 28th July 2014 to 19th October 2014 and was a chance for you to tell us what you thought of the proposals, any suggestions on how we could improve them, factors you thought it was important we consider or any issues or concerns you thought we needed to address. We hit the road and visited groups, venues and events across Merseyside and Cheshire to talk to people about the proposals, answer any questions and ask for your views.
During the consultation, the Transforming Cancer Care team:
- Engaged with 100,950 people, including 10,433 we spoke to face to face;
- Held 117 public roadshows, and visited loads of other meetings and events with GPs, patient support groups, and voluntary/community organisations; and
- Distributed 38,749 summary consultation documents.
See the full list.
There were 1,054 formal consultation responses from individuals and 14 from groups/organisations. The breakdown of responses by geographical area broadly correlated to where our patients come from.
All the reponses were independently analysed by experts from the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University, who produced a report for us. They found that:
- 91% of respondents supported the vision for Transforming Cancer Care.
- 88.5% thought the proposals would achieve it and improve quality of care.
- Support was even strong in Wirral and West Cheshire, where some people would have sligtly further to travel if inpatient, teenage and young adult, and the most complex care moved to Liverpool.
- 78% of Wirral and 82% of Cheshire West and Chester respondents supported the vision, while 71% of Wirral and 74% of Cheshire West and Chester respondents thought the proposals would achieve it and improve quality of care. (In a similar survey in 2012/13, 41% of people in CH postcodes supported the proposals.)
- 84% of respondents said quality of care was more important than the distance travelled to receive it.
- 94% said they agreed that inpatients would get better, safer care on a site with intensive care and other key specialties.
- The vast majority of respondents said all groups (patients, families, carers, others) would be positively affected by the proposals.
Read the consultation outcome report from Liverpool John Moores University and appendices.
Joint Health Scrutiny Committee for Cheshire and Merseyside
Local authorities have a legal duty to scrutinise proposals for substantial variations or developments to health services for their residents. The eight councils in our area formed a Joint Health Scrutiny Committee to review the proposals for Transforming Cancer Care. They reviewed the proposals and heard evidence from witnesses including frontline staff and patient representatives at a series of meetings in public in November and December 2014.
At their final meeting on 4th December 2014, the committee members voted unanimously to support the proposals for Transforming Cancer Care which means we can now develop an outliness business case. The committee comprised two members each from Cheshire West and Chester, Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helen's, Warrington and Wirral. Cheshire East opted not to take part as only small numbers of their residents use services at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. Access more information about the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee for Cheshire and Merseyside (this is on the Liverpool City Council website). You can read the committee's final report here.