THE health body which took over Whitby’s healthcare from the beginning of this month has outlined plans to deal with an ageing population which it says is the biggest demand on health services in the town.
By 2021 it is predicted that the number of people aged 65 and over will have increased by 30 percent. Considering that people aged over 65 already account for around 70 percent of healthcare spend, it is expected this increase will have a significant impact on NHS resources.
The Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched ‘Fit 4 the future’ which looks at four key aspects of older people’s health including staying healthy, long term conditions, dementia and end of life care.
An important theme of ‘fit 4 the future’ is to prepare people for change and educate them about the challenges faced by organisations involved in providing care to the elderly.
Dr Mark Hodgson said: “While we should celebrate that advances in healthcare and the support on offer to help people lead healthier lifestyles are enabling people to live longer, as an NHS organisation, it is essential we plan for a substantial increase in demand for health services over the next few years.
“As a Clinical Commissioning Group responsible for buying NHS services based on the needs of local patients, we think it is important to hear the views of over 65s, families and carers, about what they want from local healthcare and how we can work together to design future services.
“I hope as many people as possible are able to get involved and I look forward to hearing their views.”
A drop-in will be held on Friday 24 May, Whitby Pavilion, 12noon to 3pm.