Monday, December 11, 2017

1) Photo shoot cancelled for today cancelled 2) CCG issue statement on Meadow Court 3) One Place East Statement

1 -The photo shoot today is cancelled due to not enough numbers.

2 - At 14:33 the following email was sent to me by the CCG

Dear Andy
 
I understand that you have now received the FOI response confirming that the CCG holds no such emails or documents regarding the development/demolition of Meadow Court as we are not aware of any plans. 
You also mention a ‘board member’s’ comments at the governing body meeting on 30 November 2017.  I was at the meeting and cannot recall any member of the CCG governing body making such comments.  I have checked with colleagues and with our company secretary who concur.  You may be aware that non-voting attendees sit at the table also, for example from HealthWatch and the local authority.
I also wanted to advise that the public section of the agenda was placed at the beginning of the meeting, as it has been for similar meetings, so that comments could be heard before consideration of the proposals and decision making.  We have done this following previous feedback from stakeholders, but are happy to hold this at the end of the meeting in future if preferred.
I trust this is helpful. You can publish this email as I welcome the facts being shared with the public.

CCG Director

I understand the person who made the statement calling into the consultation into doubt was a non-voting attendee. An error on my part.

NELFT the NHS trust who own Meadow Court are yet to issue a statement on the issue.

3 Jon Abrams of One Place East has given me the following

"I was shocked at the way in which relatives and carers of loved ones at Meadow Court were treated at the recent CCG Governing Body Meeting. To all extents and purposes, the ‘voice’ of carers and patients were ignored demonstrating a lack of dignity, respect and compassion. 

The Board ignored many of the pertinent questions about the quality of care, health outcomes following relocation, and the standard of local care homes. Even if a transfer is carried out well, there are risks. Minimising ‘transfer trauma’ necessitates an ongoing piece of work involving the whole system.

Dementia patients and older people have human rights too. And the Board's decision to in effect eject dementia patients from their homes is a tragedy."







Saturday, December 9, 2017

Photo shoot 6:15pm Monday 11th December outside Fulwell Well Cross Medical Centre 1 Tomswood Hill, Ilford IG6 2HG


Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) voted to close Meadow Court Nursing Home at their meeting on 30th November. The Chair of the CCG is Dr Metha who practices at the Fulwell Cross Medical Centre

A Recorder story including a picture from our recent photo shoot is here Recorder story

The meeting did not follow usual procedure because public questions were at the beginning of the meeting rather than at the end of the meeting. This prevented the public asking questions about what was said the meeting.

During the meeting a board member cast doubt upon whether the consultation was a real one without a predetermined outcome. I tweeted about her comments at the time.

Dyamite statement from board member implying plans exist to sell off meadow court for housing and kept from committee! Vote passed for closure no attempt to answer public questions. Heckles of shamful and disgusting from floor. (apologies for poor spelling)

I have since written to both CCG and NELFT (who own Meadow Court) asking the following:

All documents or emails either within your organisations or to external contractors about the future of Meadow Court regarding the demolition and/or development of Meadow Court dated before 14:15 on 30th November 2017.

An issue I was unable to raise at the end of the meeting due to the change in procedure putting questions at the beginning of the meeting rather than at the end.

Despite some email exchanges on the issue between the NHS and I, the request for information relating to documents regarding documents remains unanswered, although the NHS have written to say no plans exist to sell Meadow Court.

I have set a deadline of 5pm on the 11th December for NELFT and the CCG to answer the above. If they do not say whether they have have any such documents, I will seek legal advice through a crowd funding site to see if any legal challenge can be brought.

We own our NHS and that means reasonable questions about our NHS should be answered by NHS mangers. However, the meeting of the 30th November was altered to prevent reasonable questions being asked about what board members said. I hope the NHS will reply by 5pm this Monday and the photo shoot cancelled.

Should you wish to attend please call me on 07956 263088. We need no more than eight people to make the point. Please be prompt as the surgery is closed between 6pm and 6:30pm and we do not want to inconvenience patients.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Great News: Cllr Athwal to speak at meeting to call for maternity to return to King George Hospital

Delighted to report that Cllr Jas Athwal will speak at a meeting calling for maternity to come back to King George Hospital at 6pm Wednesday 17th January 2018. More details to follow in due course.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Photo shoot today

Thanks you to everyone attending today. The Ilford Recorder and Wanstead and Woodford Guardian will have photos of us in a more orderly state.

The below is a link to a facebook live interview with Bob Archer and Bob Littlewood

Interview

Monday, December 4, 2017

Bring your banners for the photo shoot on 5th December

Be much appreciated if political parties, faith groups, trade unions and resident associations could bring banners for the photo shoot tomorrow outside King George Hospital for 1pm.

A good turnout with plenty of banners might help the photo and story get more prominence in local press this week.

Photo Shoot Outside King George Hospital 1pm Tuesday 5th December

The Wanstead and Woodford Guardian have requested that save King George Hospital  (KGH) A&E campaigners meet outside KGH tomorrow at 1pm for a photo for their paper this week to celebrate that NHS managers are no longer working on a plan to close KGH A&E in 2019.

I have spoken to the Ilford Recorder and the East London Enquirer and I expect them to send photographers too.

The battle to save KGH A&E is not yet won. The PWC report calls for a new model of care for North East London to be drawn up by BHRUT.

It the task of campaigners to make sure this new model includes KGH as an acute hospital.

We will be organising a meeting to early in the New Year to call for a mid-wife maternity unit on the KGH site as part of the campaign to help keep KGH as an acute hospital.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

PWC report is big step forward for our campaign but work still to be done

The publication of the PWC report is a step forward for our campaign, but the future of King George A&E is still uncertain. The NHS is now considering new options. It will the task of campaigners to persuade NHS managers and the Government that closing King George A&E is not one of them.

Mike Gapes is right to say in the local press yesterday.

 “What I want to see now is the small print for these proposals. If we still have our A&E what is it going to look like?
“We must ensure it will be able to meet the needs of Redbridge residents.
“This is a step in the right direction, but we’re not there yet.”
Full Recorder article is here Recorder 
And Wanstead and Woodford Guardian here Guardian
I cut and paste the NHS statement below. 


Welcome

29 November 2017
 

Update on King George Hospital in Goodmayes


Dear partner/stakeholder,
 
I wanted to update you on the latest position regarding the A&E department at King George Hospital in Goodmayes. 
 
As you will know, the decision to replace the A&E with an Urgent Care Centre (UCC) was taken in 2011 and much has changed since then. Our east London population is growing and ageing, demand for NHS services continues to increase, and we face ever-increasing challenges as a healthcare system.
 
Following on from the recommendations in a strategic review undertaken recently by PWC, which is published on our website, we now need to consider more options for the way we deliver urgent and emergency care across our communities. This will allow us to look at how this care is provided locally, taking these challenges into account.
 
It is important we consider how we deliver these services across both King George and Queen’s hospitals to enable us to deliver care in the best way for patients. Exploring more options will enable us to do this.
 
This is now an opportunity for us to work with our clinicians, patients, partners and stakeholders to develop a plan to make it easier for people to access the right services, deliver care sustainably, and address the challenges such as an ageing population and increasing demand on A&E services.
 
The model we finally adopt must provide excellent, safe patient care and meet the needs of local people now and well into the future. 
 
In the meantime, the existing A&E at King George hospital will continue to operate as now.
 
I will continue to keep you updated of further developments.
 
Kind regards

Jane Milligan
Chief Officer NHS Tower Hamlets CCG and Executive Lead for East London Health and Care Partnership (NEL STP)