For the many good people in our local NHS, this document is their plan for trying to make a difference to a community that is much less well than it should be, having suffered both the long-term effects of poverty, inequality and marginalisation, and the disastrous fire in Grenfell Tower and its aftermath.
For the community, this could be a route to securing more resources and support for their health priorities and their plans to improve their lives. When institutions publish such documents the responsibility for ensuring they are effective in the community’s terms is often placed squarely with the community, when it is obvious that the institution, with its money, power and organisational capacity, should take the lion’s share of that responsibility. Our local NHS acknowledges that and has tried to address it, in part, by talking with many local people and organisations before publishing it. Still, it’s only a start.
Our local NHS is there for you, your family, friends and neighbours when you need it. For example:
We know that getting a commitment from a big organisation doesn’t make change, strategies don’t make change and nor do warm words. People make change, people acting together and getting organised – where they live, where they play, where they work – standing up and saying “I want things to be different and I’m going to do something about it.” When that moment comes, we’re here – with opportunities and support to do something with them.