Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Councillor Athwal confirms as a speaker for the 14th October

Great news, Councillor Athwal, the leader of Redbridge Council confirmed as a speaker for the 14th October save KGH A&E meeting at cabinet last night.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Video of GP meeting

The video of the meeting last night is here.

https://www.facebook.com/andywalker19/videos/10213275128380506/

Thank you to everyone for coming.

There will be another meeting in 6 months to review progress.




Thursday, May 11, 2017

An example of the suffering the GP shortage causes

Hi Andy

I saw your flyer yesterday and I Apologize that I cannot make it.

I had a serious road accident as a passenger in 2011 whereby a lorry decided to change lanes on the M25.

The ambulance was not called and I challenged the highway agency about the cuts being made as this had a massive impact on me.  Although I can't remember the accident itself as I did eventually get to realize I had a bank to the head and multiple injuries.

I had to rely on a ongoing relationship with my GP and the Internet to help diagnose all my health problems such as a trap nerve in the neck, 2 pulled muscles in the back; post traumatic concussion and loss memory so minor brain damage; panic attacks; adrenal fatigue, bursitis in the shoulder and arm problems and so I had physiology therapy and steroid injections and counselling from the NHS which I was grateful.  I then had cortisone injections which left me feeling sick, exhausted and with high blood sugars and glucose problems.  I paid for a lot of different therapies myself because there is just such scarcity at the moment from the NHS and again the cuts have impacted me.  The staff in Every  hospital Seemed overworked.  All the medical people I was seen by were the most courteous people I had met and they always wanted to be off service and a contribution to me. 

I moved a few times as the accident also impacted me financially as I spent the sale of my house and have not been able to work full time since.

I realised with the three areas I lived in this was a lottery.  
Every GP I have seen has always been really helpful and a contribution to me,  When I joined the  medical centre three years ago the doctors had just so incredibly nice.  It is unfortunate that when I ring  that I half virtually a half hour wait to get through to the receptionist,  sometimes I have to spend all day trying to ring back.  Other times I gave up and just put up with pain. 

My left eye was impacted by the back to my head with the accident.  A month ago I had an eye infection which seem minor and so I chose not to phone the doctors because it is now so time consuming.  Incidentally when I do go I can wait for anything from half an hour to an hour.  I get excited if they call me within 15 mins! When I saw your leaflet I thought I must contact this number and two other very frail older ladies in the waiting area agreed that the cuts were bad and were upset about how long they had to wait.  Someone I knew had come into the surgery as she had been trying to ring all morning.

The eye got really sore and yesterday the doctor prescribed me an antibiotic.  He told me I should not have left it.  I told him about it being difficult to get through on the phone.
He then proceeded to say two gps had left the surgery because they could not manage the workload.  They try to put in ad after ad to recruit and they could not find any replacement.

My husband is a diabetic and had been impacted by the cuts. 

The present government have no idea what an asset the NHS and GP service are.  To keep cutting public funding is reverting back to Victorian time mentality.  The rich have money can pay privately and get the best treatment.  I have had many emotions attached to the past 6 years and I am angry that there are such severe cuts to health education and all other areas of public sector. 

Kind regards
Theresa


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Cllr Hugh Cleaver Lib-Dem Spokesperson for Health on Redbridge GP shortage


Cllr Cleaver is unable to make the meeting this evening due to another engagement and has sent the following to me.

"I do agree that GPs is a serious issue in Redbridge and the more we can get the lower the pressure on services. Judging by the waiting time at the surgery that I attend they could do with extra help!"

It was encouraging of Cllr Cleaver to write.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017

Lee Scott comes on board for 14th October

Very encouraging that Lee Scott has come on board too for 14th October save KGH A&E march from Queens Hospital to Ilford Town Hall

Wes Streeting confirms as speaker for October 14

Delighted to report Wes Streeting has confirmed as a speaker for October 14 march from Queens Hospital to Redbridge Town Hall.

Wes is the first senior politician to confirm as a speaker. Let's hope others come on board as well.

Canvassing Session for GP meeting Saturday 6th May 11am outside Ilford Town Hall

I will be leafleting outside the Town Hall for an hour tomorrow morning. Any help would be much appreciated.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Seven Kings and Newbury Park Residents Association support 14th October Event

Delighted to report a fourth organisation, Seven Kings and Newbury Park Residents Association, is supporting the 14th October save King George A&E March from Queens to Ilford Town Hall

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Photshoot today 430pm outside Ilford town Hall

The Recorder photographer will be outside Ilford town hall to take a photo plugging the meeting next week calling for more GPs for Redbridge.




Sunday, April 30, 2017

Dr Moosa Qureshi will be speaking at the 11th May meeting

Delighted to report that Dr Moosa Qureshi, a hospital doctor and  leukaemia researcher at Cambridge University, will be speaking at the 6pm May 11th meeting at Ilford Central Library calling for more GPs for Redbridge

Friday, April 28, 2017

Jackie Applebee a GP from Tower Hamlets will be speaking on May 11

Delighted to report that Jackie Applebee a GP from Tower Hamlets will be speaking at the 6pm May 11th meeting at Ilford Central Library calling for more GPs.

Jackie spoke at the Valentine's park on the 18th March Save KGH A&E march and rally.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Danielle Tiplady has confirmed as speaker for GP meeting on 11th May at 6pm at Ilford Library

Delighted to report that NHS activist, Danielle Tiplady, will be speaking at the meeting calling for more GPs at Ilford Central Library on 11th May at 6pm

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Next Save KGH A&E meeting is on 14th October

Delighted to report next save King George Hospital A&E march will be from Queens Hospital to Redbridge Town Hall on the afternoon of 14th October.

Earlier this evening, a third organisation, North East London Save our NHS, has come out in support of the event.

The reason for the event is to seek to persuade Havering Council to do the same as Redbridge and write to the Secretary of State for Health seeking the closure decision be reviewed.

More details to follow.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Melvyn Weinberg MBE writes on the current situation

Dear Mr Walker,

As the former chair of the Redbridge CCG Forum and a long standing chairman of a large practice PPG group, I hope you will allow me to make the following comments on the current situation:-

  • We are facing a great shortage of G P's, with the position likely to get worse with the retirement of older G P's
  • Many practices find it very difficult to recruit qualified practice nurses.
  • There is also a shortage of District nurses.
  • Many local practices struggle to cope with existing demand.
  • The population of Redbridge is predicted to rise significantly over the next 5 to 10 years, yet the health infrastructure to cope is just not keeping pace.
  • I cannot see how the proposed closure of King George A & E will help the situation. Queens is already under special measures and, is only just coping with its own local the current demand.
  • I question if the Secretary of State has really taken into account the predicted population growth.
  • More and more flats are being built, with no thought as to how local general practice and the local NHS will cope.
  • Far to often money is dictating clinical policy.
  • It is more than possible that the current CCG set up will be done away with, resulting in yet more upheaval in he NHS.

Best Wishes

Melvyn Weinberg MBE

Thursday, April 20, 2017

May 11th Meeting at 6pm at Ilford Central Library on GP Shortage

The Redbridge GP shortage impacts upon care at King George Hospital. I explain how in a email below to Redbridge Councillors earlier today.



Dear Councillors

I attended the last Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group board meeting on 30th March to hear Dr Metha, the Chair complain of a shortage of Redbridge GPs impacting upon care at King George Hospital.

This is due to patients turning up at King George Hospital because they cannot get a GP appointment. It was reported by Dr Metha that average GP list size in Redbridge is 2600 whereas some other boroughs it is as low as 1700. The situation seems set to get worse with GPs retiring not being replaced.

There is strong evidence that overcrowded A&E departments lead to worse patient outcomes, including longer stays in hospital and worse mortality rates (1). So we need more GPs in Redbridge as a matter of urgency to ease the pressure on King George A&E.

To discuss what needs to be done to improve the situation I have, after consulting with others, called a meeting at Ilford Library on the 11th May at 6pm just before full council. Redbridge Trades Council is promoting this meeting and I will hope other organisations will support too.

Jas has made a commitment to providing a statement about the issue for the 11th May meeting at cabinet earlier this month. I hope there will be some Councillor representation across the parties at the meeting as there was for a save King George A&E meeting at the library last year.

Should Councillors from the main parties attend I will ask the Recorder if one of their journalists would like to chair the meeting.

I attended a inner London Clinical Commissioning Group meeting yesterday to find this in the board papers (2).

“Workforce - Summary In order to meet the shortfall of supply of GPs in EL, (high retirement rates and a shortage of available new GPs) and to develop a more efficient, patient-centred service, we will need to develop and increase the numbers of practice nurses, physician associates and pharmacists to provide a full multi-disciplinary team (MDT) workforce model. We are currently on target to deliver physician associate training placements in 2017 and a workforce supply in 2019. We have a pharmacist pilot programme in Newham GP practices and will look to expand this across TST in 2017-18.”

It seems rather than replace GPs in East London (EL) with new GPs, the shortfall is to be made up with “practice nurses, physician associates and pharmacists”. On the face of it, this seems an inferior GP service to the current one and it must be a concern that a similar GP downgrade is being planned for Redbridge. Cutting the number of GPs in East London seems bound to make some patients pay for private GP consultations which is likely to reduce the number of NHS GPs available (3).

I am hoping that Redbridge CCG will send a representative to the meeting or make a statement about the GP shortage.

It is puzzling that current regulations seem to stop a single handed GP starting up from scratch in Redbridge in a converted house. Purpose built, multi-disciplinary and multi-partner surgeries may be better than single GP practices, but they are not happening in sufficient numbers to tackle the GP shortage.

I hope representatives from each of the parties will attend, even if the council meeting starting later in the evening means Councillors may not be able to attend for the whole meeting.

The meeting will be broadcast live on facebook.

Regards

Andy



  1. the key quote from the site above is:
There is strong evidence that the symptoms felt in emergency departments led to worse patient outcomes. We know, for example, that patients run a 43 per cent increased risk of death after 10 days if they are admitted through a crowded accident and emergency (A&E) department. (Richardson DB, 2006) Waiting for admission in A&E is also associated with significantly longer hospital length of stay – on average 2.35 days longer where a patient stays in A&E for more than 12 hours. (Liew D, Kennedy M, 2003)
We know that speed of treatment is vital in many conditions. For example, people with the most severe form of pneumonia have less than a one in two chance of surviving. Those chances improve considerably if effective treatment is started early.  However, research suggests that delays of more than four hours in administration of antibiotics to patients coming into hospital with pneumonia can affect 70 per cent of patients on days when an A&E is crowded. (Pine JM et al, 2005)This undoubtedly affects mortality

    1. The quote is from page 49
    2. I cut and paste below some of the ads for private GPs on the net today
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      Thursday, April 13, 2017

      Barking and Dagenham Trades Council support Autumn meeting

      I attended the Barking and Dagenham Trades Council meeting earlier this evening and am delighted to report they have decided to support an Autumn march from Queens Hospital to Redbridge Town Hall as part of our campaign to keep open King George A&E.

      Friday, April 7, 2017

      Next Save King George A&E March to be from Queens Hospital to Redbridge Town Hall

      Below is Cllr Athwal's excellent letter to Mr Hunt seeking a meeting to say why King George A&E should stay open.

      Redbridge is the first council to seek a meeting with Mr Hunt. It is important that other North East London Councils come on board as well. The more allies a campaign has, the better the prospects for success.

      Last night, Redbridge Trades Council decided to support a march from Queens Hospital to Redbridge Town Hall for a rally this autumn as part of an effort to get Havering Council to write to Mr Hunt too.

      I will be writing to local senior politicians for a date convenient for them and will report later with a date for the march and rally.










      Monday, March 20, 2017

      18th March Save King George A&E Rally Report and video link

      Thank you to all the speakers and everyone who came.

      Click on the link below for the video

      Video of meeting

      The Recorder write up is at Recorder

      We filled the Town Hall




      If Mr Hunt refuses to meet with Cllr Athwal and other senior politicians and agree to review the closure plan then our campaign will have to continue.

      I am grateful to everyone who contributed to the collection for the Town Hall Hire and Banner. The costs were more than covered with the surplus given to the BHRUT charity.

      Thursday, March 16, 2017

      Wednesday, March 15, 2017

      Any help towards funding the cost of Town Hall & Banner for the 18th March Rally much appreciated

      Thanks to everyone who has already contributed towards the cost of the Town Hall hire on the 18th and the banner. There is still £828 to find to cover our costs if you help with a donation, no matter how small, please go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/andy-walker-1



      Friday, March 10, 2017

      Thursday, March 9, 2017

      Come to photoshoot tomorrow 2:15pm Friday 10th March outside Ilford Town Hall

      Cllr Jas Athwal, Keith Prince AM, Wes Streeting MP will be promoting the 18th March Save King George A&E rally at a photo shoot outside Ilford Town Hall tomorrow under the banner below which was delivered earlier to the Town Hall. If you could come along and support them it would be much appreciated.

      Wednesday, March 8, 2017

      Save King George Hospital A&E Planning meeting Friday 10th March Midday Ilford Town Hall

      All welcome with time to work for our hospital.


      Agenda

      1) Apologies

      2) Minutes and Matters arising

      3) Planning for 18th March  2017 Rally and march.

      4) Any other business

      5) Date of next meeting

      Andy Walker 07956 263088

      There will be a canvassing session at 1pm outside the Town Hall 

      Saturday, March 4, 2017

      Beds re-opened at King George Hospital, but Queens beds cut

      BHRUT, the management board for King George and Queens Hospitals deserve to be congratulated for re-opening beds closed at King George Hospital. In December 2016 there were 272 acute beds at King George Hospital making a total, with Queens 634  beds, of 906 beds.

      In January 2017, the numbers at King George had risen to 299, an increase of 27 beds, but Queens had been cut to 604, making an overall net loss of 3 beds when compared with December 2016, and a total of 903 beds.

      The final photo shows that at May 2015 the two hospitals had a total of 938 beds, 293 at King George and 645 at Queens.

      This is a loss of 35 bed from May 2015 to January 2017, along with the associated medical staff. Both hospitals continue to miss key safety benchmarks such as the 95% 4 hour A&E waiting time

      The trend for acute resources at our hospitals is going down, when what we need are more beds, doctors and nurses to cope with our growing population.








      Friday, March 3, 2017

      Shahida Chaudhry joins speakers on 18th March Rally at Redbridge Town Hall

      Delighted to report that our second faith speaker,  Shahida Chaudhry of the Al Huda Institute Chadwell Heath, has confirmed for the 18th March.

      Mike Gapes MP will be speaking at the 18th March Rally

      Delighted to report that Mike Gapes MP will be speaking at Redbridge town hall save King George A&E rally  on 18th March at 3pm.

      Thursday, March 2, 2017

      Rev Janet Buchan joins speakers on 18th March Rally at Redbridge Town Hall

      Delighted to report that the Rev Janet Buchan of St Paul's Church Goodmayes has joined the list of speakers on the 18th March at Redbridge Town Hall.

      Hope to announce other faith speakers shortly.

      It would be great to have the Redbridge political and faith communities coming together as one on the 18th March to say King George A&E must stay open.


      Wednesday, March 1, 2017

      Save King George Hospital A&E Planning meeting Friday 3rd March Midday Ilford Town Hall

      All welcome with time to work for our hospital.


      Agenda

      1) Apologies

      2) Minutes and Matters arising

      3) Planning for 18th March  2017 Rally and march.

      4) Any other business

      5) Date of next meeting

      Andy Walker 07956 263088

      There will be a canvassing session at 1pm outside the Town Hall 

      Wednesday, February 22, 2017

      Save King George Hospital A&E Canvassing Session outside Ilford Town Hall Saturday 25th February

      Come and join me and other campaigners outside Ilford Town Hall this Saturday from 11am to 1pm.

      We will distributing flyers for 18th March meeting

      Would like to go on past 1pm let me know if you have a an hour to spare this Saturday on 07956 263088

      Andy

      Save King George Hospital A&E Planning meeting Friday 24th February Midday Ilford Town Hall

      All welcome with time to work for our hospital.


      Agenda

      1) Apologies

      2) Minutes and Matters arising

      3) Planning for 18th March  2017 Rally and march.

      4) Any other business

      5) Date of next meeting

      Andy Walker 07956 263088

      There will be a canvassing session at 1pm outside the Town Hall

      Tuesday, February 21, 2017

      Bill Howe will be missed

      I am sad to report that Bill Howe has recently died. Bill was a great campaigner, not only for the Save King George A&E campaign, but other local causes too.

      His contribution to the campaign to keep open our A&E will be missed.

      Below is a photo from September 2013 when Bill organised a deputation to the council on King George Hospital. Bill is standing at the back and in the middle of the picture.




      Wednesday, February 15, 2017

      Save King George Hospital A&E Planning meeting Friday 17th February Midday Ilford Town Hall


      All welcome with time to work for our hospital.


      Agenda

      1) Apologies

      2) Minutes and Matters arising

      3) Planning for 18th March  2017 Rally and march.

      4) Any other business

      5) Date of next meeting

      Andy Walker 07956 263088

      There will be a canvassing session at 1pm outside the Town Hall

      Friday, February 10, 2017

      Please register if you attending on the 18th March Save King George Rally and March

      After a planning meeting today at the Town Hall we encouraging those going on the March to register at

      https://www.facebook.com/SaveKingGeorgeHospital/

      The organisers are under an obligation to prepare as best they can and by registering it helps us plan the number of stewards and first aiders on the day.


      Wednesday, February 8, 2017

      Save King George Hospital A&E Planning meeting Friday 10th February Midday Ilford Town Hall

      All welcome with time to work for our hospital.


      Agenda

      1) Apologies

      2) Minutes and Matters arising

      3) Planning for 18th March  2017 Rally and march.

      4) Any other business

      5) Date of next meeting

      Andy Walker 07956 263088

      There will be a canvassing session at 1pm outside the Town Hall

      Friday, February 3, 2017

      Statement by Cllr Jas Athwal & Keith Prince AM in support of 18th March Rally and march

      "It is unfair that King George Hospital A&E is being planned to close in 2019. Since the closure plan was passed in 2011 the population of North East London has grown and is set to grow further still. Other parts of the country such as Durham and Luton have been given more resources to improve their A&E departments, we are only asking that resources not be taken away from our area.

      When the King George A&E closure plan was passed in 2011 we were given a guarantee that King George A&E would not close until Queens was of a high standard. This is not the case.

      A good turn out on the 18th March is vital, if we can match the 6000 that turned out to help Grantham's A&E we might get on the TV news and broadcast to thousands our request to meet Mr Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health to review the closure decision" 


      Luton A&E at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/14/ae-needs-total-system-overhaul-cope-says-hospital-revolutionised

      Durham A&E at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-38501974 

      Wednesday, February 1, 2017

      Save King George Hospital A&E Planning meeting Friday 3rd February Midday Ilford Town Hall


      All welcome with time to work for our hospital.

      Agenda

      1) Apologies

      2) Minutes and Matters arising

      3) Planning for 18th March  2017 Rally and march.

      4) Any other business

      5) Date of next meeting

      Andy Walker 07956 263088

      There will be a canvassing session at 1pm outside the Town Hall

      Wednesday, January 18, 2017

      Save King George Hospital A&E Planning meeting Friday 20th January Midday Ilford Town Hall followed by canvassing session at 1pm

      All welcome with time to work for our hospital.


      Agenda

      1) Apologies

      2) Minutes and Matters arising

      3) Planning for 18th March  2017 Rally and march.

      4) Any other business

      5) Date of next meeting

      Andy Walker 07956 263088

      There will be a canvassing session at 1pm outside the Town Hall

      Wednesday, January 11, 2017

      Save King George Hospital A&E Planning meeting Friday 13th January Midday Ilford Town Hall followed by canvassing session at 1pm

      All welcome with time to work for our hospital.


      Agenda

      1) Apologies

      2) Minutes and Matters arising

      3) Planning for 18th March  2017 Rally and march.

      4) Any other business

      5) Date of next meeting

      Regards



      Andy Walker 07956 263088

      There will be a canvassing session at 1pm outside the Town Hall