Memorandum by Dr Colm O'Mahony (HA 18)
1. Small amounts of money dribbled out over
the last three years has been a bit of a help, but has meant that
Trusts and PCTs have said "well, there's your money"
and you can't have any more. The DoH continually says there is
money in baseline funding for development of GUM servicesthe
PCTs say categorically there isn't, so nothing other than the
small amounts of money assigned by the DoH have come through.
2. Allocations of the new money should not
simply reward poor practice and failing clinics. PCTs and Trusts
that have not invested in the GUM services over the last 10 years
should not be rewarded now by large amounts of money to bail them
out. Trusts that have done their best to support these services
like, for example, mine here in Chester with a cohort of patients
from all around the place with minimal funding, and it's about
time that the work was recognised with additional funding. Please
make sure that significant amounts of money goes to clinics that
have actually modernised and are doing the business or this will
just simply engender further disillusionment.