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Healthwatch Oxfordshire responds to public health report

08/09/2017

Healthwatch Oxfordshire has responded to the report issued by the county's Director of Public Health, Jonathan McWilliam.

The report predicts that the county's population will have grown by nearly 200,000 by 2030, and calls for major changes in the way services are provided in order to prevent a public health crisis.

Rosalind Pearce, Executive Director of Healthwatch Oxfordshire, said: “We welcome the publication of Dr McWilliam’s report on public health in Oxfordshire. The predicted rise in the county’s population, particularly aged over 65, makes it vitally important that the county’s care services act on Dr McWilliam’s recommendation to work together. We are particularly pleased that the report highlights the need for planners to be more involved, as it is something which Healthwatch Oxfordshire has been saying for some time.

 “We urge health and care services, as well as other bodies such as the voluntary sector, to begin planning straight away, in order to be able to meet the future demands as predicted in this report. 2031 may seem a long way away, but lead times for the provision of infrastructure and facilities for health and social care are very long.  In these terms, 2031 is only the day after tomorrow.  We need to work together now to ensure that key facilities are in place when they are most needed."

For more on the report, see the Oxford Mail coverage at this link 

To read the full report, click on the file below

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