Sunday, June 9, 2019

Perhaps not a win for the campaign after all: Still don't know what £9.5M for

The photo shoot on June 3rd was asking BHRUT to disclose what an application for £25M of public was for per the extract from the May board papers below:

 The campaign organised a photo shoot to say ask for disclosure per the pic here:

Thank you very much for everyone attending:



I thought we won the point on disclosure to get the breakdown below:





However, I have been prompted by an email from a KGH A&E campaigner to look at this breakdown again.

I made an assumption that the PFI is for the existing PFI contract, this may be incorrect, secondly the purpose of the central programme £3.1M is not accounted for and remains a mystery.

Combining the £3.1M central programme and the £6.4M means a total bid of £9.5M of public monies which we do not know the purpose of. This is unacceptable and I hope BHRUT will tell what is going on.

If BHRUT do not publish the purpose of the £9.5M it will fuel speculation that the money is for works at Queens as part of the plan to close KGH A&E.











Thursday, May 30, 2019

Come to 3rd June 7:15pm photo shoot at KGH to say the £25M plan for our hospitals be published

BHRUT are seeking £25M to invest in King George & Queens hospitals, but we don't know what it is for.


There is a Facebook event page below

https://www.facebook.com/events/2308456852752433/

The suppression of the £25M bid for the monies undermines our local democracy. I explain why in the email sent to BHRUT earlier today.

Dear Trust Secretary and Joe Fielder

After the last set of £70M bids for capital funding took months to be in the public domain, it is a welcome small step towards transparency that the public at least know in the same month the bid was made that BHRUT is seeking £25M of capital funding.

However, after consulting with others, the save KGH A&E/don't overload team have called a photo shoot for the £25M capital plan to be published now

The issue is that the NHS belongs to all of us, therefore we should know what is being planned for it so we can comment upon it, ideally before decisions are made.

I ask you publish the full plan later today. The focus of the photo shoot may then be supporting the BHRUT bid, although the £6M PFI component appears wrong, or to lobby for the £25M to be spent elsewhere.

£25M of public money is a substantial investment for our local health economy, I can see no reason why your plans cannot be published. The public cannot lobby our elected representatives to ask the department of health to release the funds until we know what the £25M is for. For instance, the £25M may be for new equipment to improve patient care, something everyone will want to support.

Councillor Berlin is the first senior elected representative to say the £25M plan should be published, I hope others will come on board too.

I have been speculating on social media and at a meeting yesterday on my Facebook page as to what the money might be in connection with the plan to close KGH A&E, The way to end speculation is to publish the £25M plan in full.

 I am sure others will speculate too about what this £25M is for until the plan is published.

The Francis report saw openness and transparency as the way forward to improve our NHS. BHRUT refusing to even say how much of this £25M you seek to invest in Queens and how much at King George runs counter to your duty to disclose information to the public. I am baffled as to why you will not share your plans for the £25M with us.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

1) BHRUT Deceive Havering Council with Queens planning Application 2) Doodle poll for photo over mystery £25M bid by BHRUT 3) Petition if you know someone who lives/works Redbridge against Queens being overloaded

I sent the email below to Havering Councillors earlier today

Dear Councillors

1) BHRUT Deceive Havering Council with Queens planning Application 

I regret to inform you that BHRUT has a culture of deceiving elected representatives and the public when it comes to their plans for closing KGH A&E and so overloading Queens.

Yesterday I discovered that BHRUT put in a planning application to extend Queens which was passed in April 2018, the purpose of the extension was to close KGH A&E per page 34 of a failed £49M bid to close KGH A&E.

The deception was by omission, the application did not state that the application was part of a £49M bid to close KGH A&E. Nor were Havering told the plan was "radical" as it proposed transferring all patients to Queens as a result of the KGH A&E closure.The previous plan sent KGH patients to three hospitals, rather than just Queens.

The application gives the impression that the works are of no great consequence and routine improvements. Understandably your planning officers sign them off without them going before Councillors and the public at a hearing.

My view is that if the truth had come out Havering Councillors would have the very least requested further information at a hearing before making a decision. The application is valid for three years, the department of health has been led to believe that Havering Council supports the plan to close KGH A&E

More on this HERE


Bear in mind BHRUT announced a review into the proposed closure of KGH A&E in Nov 2017, yet around 6 months later they are planning to close it.

 2) Doodle poll for photo over mystery £25M bid by BHRUT

BHRUT have put in a bid for works totalling £25M to the department of health earlier this month, £6M of this is PFI money. It seems almost certain that this money will advance the closure of KGH A&E and so overload Queens. However, this is just speculation, the way to end such speculation is for the bid application to be published in full.

There is a doodle poll below to sort out the best date for a photo shoot to call for the bid to be published if you would like to attend. I will write tomorrow when a date and time is agreed.



And more information HERE

3) Petition if you know someone who lives/works Redbridge against Queens being overloaded

The petition is here



I list key deceptions made by BHRUT regarding KGH A&E in the post below, none of them have been challenged by BHRUT.




Regards

Andy Walker

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

BHRUT misled Department of Health by claims implying Havering Council support plan to close King George A&E

On 24th May I wrote an open letter to Matthew Hopkins and Henry Black to ask about my concerns that they had led the Department of Health to believe a "manufactured a planning consent" had been created in support of the £49M bid to close King George A&E per the link below:

http://savekinggeorgehospital.blogspot.com/2019/05/open-letter-to-matthew-hopkins-henry.html

I wrote on the 24th May

"On the face it, you have manufactured a planning consent that does not exist in order to promote your cause to close King George A&E. However, I stress "on the face of it", as perhaps there is reasonable explanation to conflict between what you have written and the Havering Council website.

I would be grateful if you could supply the evidence of your claims at your earliest convenience.

If you do not reply by midday 28th May, I will expect there is no such evidence and that you have misled the department of health."


I also put in a Freedom of Information request to Havering Council seeking the planning permission.

Yesterday,I got a reply from Havering saying the below


Question 1
I cannot find any information about the planning application made by BHRUT in June 2018 about Queens Hospital which was approved per the extract from a recent £49M bid to reconfigure KGH & Queens.

Under Freedom of Information laws I seek:

The application made which was approved in April 2018
Response
The application number is P0192.18 and further information about this application can be found at:


Question 2
The minutes of the meeting where Councillors approved the plans.

Response
The decision was delegated to officers and did not go to Committee.  The officer report can be found by searching the planning application P0192.18:



A search of Havering records shows detailed plans to extend Queens in order to cope with the closure of King George A&E.

However, the plans do not mention anything at all about the closure of King George A&E. BHRUT give the impression that the application is a routine one, and as a consequence, Havering planning department waive the application through on the nod without a hearing with Councillors.

This is deception by omission

This £49M plan is by BHRUT's own admission a radical one involving all of the King George A&E patients beong sent to Queens, rather than as before sent to three hospitals, does not feature in the planning application at all.

For BHRUT to imply that Havering Council supports the KGH A&E closure plan is a deception. Mr Black and Mr Matthews need to write to the Department of Health to make a correction.

This is not ancient history as the application is valid for three years. The Department of Health may be swayed by the wrong impression that Havering is on side for closing KGH A&E when it comes to making a decision about the mystery £25M bid which is still live.

















Saturday, May 25, 2019

1) Doodle poll for photo shoot for £25M bid document for KGH & Queens to be published 2) Are BHRUT deceiving the Department of Health by implying Havering Council Support for the £49M bid to close King George A&£? 3) Petition

I sent the below to Redbridge Councillors earlier

Dear Councillors

1) Doodle poll for photo shoot

On Wednesday 22nd May BHRUT published the £25M "Capital Plan Resubmission" (including £6M PFI money) below. My belief is this resubmission is to fund the new plan to close King George A&E. This plan is outlined in the East London Health and Care Partnership at (1). Three bids went in to implement the plan in 2018, all were knocked back. It seems likely that the the resubmission monies will partially progress the plan to close King George A&E. The way to stop such speculation is to publish the plan.

We own the NHS, and to ensure it is our NHS we need to know about the plans that are being made by NHS managers for our hospitals. A sports club, faith group etc would consult its members before seeking monies for an extension. Our NHS should be no different to allow consultation and the opportunity to put forward amendments and alternatives. 

I have written to BHRUT asking for the plan to be published and have been ignored.

 If you agree that the "Resubmission" made on 15th May needs to be published in full, I would be grateful if you could complete your available dates for a photo shoot at the doodle poll at the link. 





Extract from Board Papers below



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 2) Are BHRUT deceiving the Department of Health by implying Havering Council Support for the £49M bid to close King George A&£?

The statement in question which appears bogus is at page 34 of the failed £49M bid  
“we have mitigated this risk through ongoing dialogue with the local authority planners in both affected councils (Havering and Redbridge) Havering have recently approved the planning application associated with the required works at Queen's Hospital (16 April 2018).”
I can find no evidence of this planning application being made or agreed by Havering Council. After going through the usual channels and got no satisfactory answers I have written an open letter per the link to Henry Black and Matthew Hopkins, the co-authors of the £49M plan. The letter asks for evidence to support their claim for planning application approval by 28th May. If no evidence can be provided of this claim then BHRUT need to write to the Department of Health to withdraw the claim on the 29th May as it may influence the new bid for £25M. More at:


Further examples of deception by BHRUT about the King George A&E closure, none of which have been challenged by BHRUT are at:


3) The petition calling on a consultation on the new plan to close King George A&E is at


1500 signatures by June 5th secures a debate at Redbirdge Council on 20th June,


Regards 


Andy Walker

1) Extract from http://www.eastlondonhcp.nhs.uk/downloads/ourplans/estates/STRATEGIC_ESTATES_PLAN_summary.pdf Queen’s Hospital Queen’s Hospital has one of the busiest and largest emergency departments in England, and so development at Queen’s will be focused on emergency and acute medicine, emergency surgery and acute children’s services. In addition, maternity facilities could also be expanded and developed to manage the continued growth in the number of births in north east London. To facilitate this development, the renal unit at Queens could be moved to the new St. George’s hub with non-acute care of older people, and some elective surgical services moved to 

King George Hospital. King George We aspire to develop a new centre of excellence for healthy ageing, working in collaboration with community care, primary care and social services to offer a fully integrated model of healthcare for older people. Centralising planned care will increase the use of beds and theatres. These changes, together with the adjacent Goodmayes Hospital site, create a strategic opportunity to develop a coherent masterplan for housing, education, community and primary health care, maximising land value across the two hospital sites.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Open Letter to Mr Hopkins & Mr Black re an apparent bogus planning consent made to support the case for closing KGH A&E

On 22nd May I went to the BHRUT board meeting to ask for evidence of the claims made by BHRUT that Havering Council has "approved" and "secured" the works to extend King George Hospital in the £49M plan to close King George A&E. The Chair, Joe Fielder refused to answer my question. Yesterday, I went to the Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group expecting to get an answer as Henry Black, a co-author of the £49M closure plan along with Matthew Hopkins, was there. However, this time the chair refused to let me speak.

Consequently my open letter to Matthew Hopkins & Henry Black follows:

Dear Sirs

Your Claims that Havering Council has approved works to facilitate the closure KGH A&E

I hope you can understand my unconventional approach of writing to you via a blog post. However, I have good reasons to write in this way as my attempts to get answers using public questions at BHRUT and Redbridge CCG board meetings have either been ignored or I have not been allowed to speak.

You write in your £49M bid document to close King George A&E the following.

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However, I can find no evidence of any such applications on the Havering website.

On the face it, you have manufactured a planning consent that does not exist in order to promote your cause to close King George A&E. However, I stress "on the face of it", as perhaps there is reasonable explanation to conflict between what you have written and the Havering Council website.

I would be grateful if you could supply the evidence of your claims at your earliest convenience.

If you do not reply by midday 28th May, I will expect there is no such evidence and that you have misled the department of health.

The time frame is tight because this week, BHRUT reported a capital resubmission plan below

http://savekinggeorgehospital.blogspot.com/2019/05/has-bhrut-applied-for-22m-to-progress.html

The detail of the plan remains secret, and after consulting with other save King George A&E campaigners, I expect a photo shoot to be organised to say the new plan must be published.

Unless, we have evidence to the contrary, the photo shoot press statement will say the previous bid rested on a bogus claim implying BHRUT had the support of Havering Council.

And so it seems reasonable to believe that this bogus claim may have been repeated again in the secret bid document which requires immediate publication so the public and elected representatives know what is planned for NHS.

I look forward to your reply.

Regards

Andy Walker






























Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Has BHRUT applied for £22M to progress the plan to close King George A&E?

Earlier today at the BHRUT board meeting the following was disclosed regarding a bid made last month by BHRUT to resubmit £25M of capital monies, including £6M of PFI funding.




To understand, what may be going on, it seems helpful to look at what happened at Stratford Town Hall on April 3rd where the following slide was presented.



 This suggests £22M if the funding is to for works for maternity and children's work at Queens.

The driver if this is the new plan to close KGH A&E at the estates strategy published last year per the extract below:

Current options for change

Queen’s Hospital Queen’s Hospital has one of the busiest and largest emergency departments in England, and so development at Queen’s will be focused on emergency and acute medicine, emergency surgery and acute children’s services. In addition, maternity facilities could also be expanded and developed to manage the continued growth in the number of births in north east London. To facilitate this development, the renal unit at Queens could be moved to the new St. George’s hub with non-acute care of older people, and some elective surgical services moved to King George Hospital. (my emphasis)

King George We aspire to develop a new centre of excellence for healthy ageing, working in collaboration with community care, primary care and social services to offer a fully integrated model of healthcare for older people. Centralising planned care will increase the use of beds and theatres. These changes, together with the adjacent Goodmayes Hospital site, create a strategic opportunity to develop a coherent masterplan for housing, education, community and primary health care, maximising land value across the two hospital sites. ENDs

That this monies are earmarked as I outline is speculation, but by BHRUT not providing detail of the bids, speculation is bound to be invited.

We need to know what is going on asap and I will ask what is going in at the Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group tomorrow.

On the face of it, BHRUT is expanding services at Queens rather than King George without public consultation. Further expansion of acute care for maternity and children's services at Queens will make it easier for BHRUT to argue for the third part of their plan, the £49M bid to close King George A&E. 

More on this when I report back from the Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group tomorrow.