Patients, the public and voluntary sector organisations are being asked for their views about some proposed changes to the way the AIDS Support Grant is distributed in Brighton and Hove.
Brighton and Hove City Primary Care Trust, which plans and pays for sexual health and HIV prevention, treatment and care support services funded from the AIDS Support Grant, has to review the AIDS Support Grant because of changes in the way services are being provided and changes in the needs of people with HIV and AIDS.
Central to this is a review of the AIDS Support Grant funding formula carried out by the Department of Health. The formula is being changed to take account of the needs of women and children infected or affected by HIV as well as other groups includinggay men.
The new funding formula means a potential overall reduction of up to 26% for 2004/05 (subject to confirmation by the Department of Health). (See notes to editors).
Independent consultants have carried out a review of services currently funded by the AIDS Support Grant and produced a draft written report and a 'map' of how they suggest services should be set up in future.
The report recommends:
Copies of the report are being distributed to all agencies involved in HIV and AIDS services, and are available on request. Public meetings are also being held, the next being Wednesday 3 March 2004 at the Brighthelm Centre, Brighton, 6pm to 9 pm
Wednesday 10 March is the closing date for the public consultation process. A decision will be announced in April.
Graham Taylor, Lead Commissioner for Sexual Health and HIV Services at Brighton and Hove City Primary Care Trust, said:
"Brighton and Hove has the highest prevalence of diagnosed HIV infection outside London, we continue to see considerable increases in the numbers of people living with HIV and all services are reporting increasing pressures.
"We need to be clear what services we think are the top priority and how we should fund them. The report is intended to stimulate debate on how we can best respond to the challenges we face, so it is essential that we receive as many comments as possible during this public consultation process."
Brighton and Hove City Primary Care Trust is part of the NHS. It is responsible for the health of people in the city, for tackling health inequalities and for bringing health and social care more closely together. It holds the NHS budget, steers the work of GPs and makes sure hospital services are in place to meet local people's needs.
The Aids Support Grant (ASG) is used to provide social care support to people with HIV. Brighton and Hove has received:
It was used to fund the following local services:
Independent consultants Starfish were commissioned to review the current system. Their report is available to view via the Starfish website www.starfishconsulting.co.uk/asg
Written responses can be sent to:
Starfish Consulting Ltd
6 Yukon Court
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