Photo shoot re plan to close Cedar Chemotherapy unit at King George Hospital & transfer to Queens
Date: Saturday 18th August Midday
Location: Outside Redbridge Town Hall
Writing to you on the 9th August appears to have led to BHRUT issuing a statement about the Cedar unit which is the end of this email (1)
This statement is welcome, but it still leaves the questions I asked of BHRUT unanswered which are:
1 – Why were Councillors not consulted about the planned closure?
2 – Why is BHRUT breaching their own clinical services strategy, available on their website, to keep outpatients at King George?
3 – Why is BHRUT breeching their commitment to keep care close to home in their clinical services strategy?
4 – Will BHRUT provide full disclosure of the documents relating to the planned closure, especially the proposed staffing to patient ratios and the impact to the Queens car park?
5 – Can Joe Fielder, the BHRUT chair, provide an assurance that on his watch, no further cuts to services will take place until elected representatives and the public via board papers have been notified and consulted in advance?
The BHRUT statement implies the proposed closure of the Cedar unit is an improvement to their service. BHRUT also claim that the proposed closure of King George A&E will also improve the service to residents. The evidence is clear at that closing emergency admission beds at King George as preparation for the A&E has led to a worse service at both King George and Queens (2).
This begs the question of whether closing outpatient departments at King George will lead to a worse outpatient service at Queens.
BHRUT provide no evidence to support their claim that the reduction in service from five days to two days at the Cedar unit is a service improvement. So I hope you will agree that a five day a week service for the Cedar unit should be restored and the plan to close the unit abandoned.
If you cannot make the photos shoot, any quotes from Councillors for the press would be very much appreciated.
Requesting your help with regarding BHRUT statistics on Time to admit & Sepsis, Pneumonia, Urinary Tract Infections
On 29th March I wrote to BHRUT to information about the above statistics:
My argument for the information to be released relied upon was:
On 1st May 2018 BHRUT wrote to me to supply the following (3)
For the month of February
a) The average time from being seen by a doctor to a decision being made to admit:
b) The time taken to arrive at a diagnosis for the following conditions:
However, since then in an email dated 7th August (4) BHRUT refuse to provide further monthly information and cast doubt upon the information supplied on 1st May 2018. I am seeking to lodge a “decision review”, should you be supportive of this information being provided each month I would be grateful if you could send me an email and I would use it as a reason for BHRUT to disclose the information I seek.
A recent Panamora concerning the conviction of Dr Hadiza Bawa Garba and the tragic death of Jack Adcock shows why it is important for sepsis and life threatening conditions to be diagnosed quickly.
Tracking these conditions each month is an essential part of monitering what is hapeening at King George and Queens and I would be grateful for any help you can provide on this point.
(1) BHRUT statement on Cedar unit below
(2) Various articles at http://savekinggeorgehospital.blogspot.com/ over the years. An example is here http://savekinggeorgehospital.blogspot.com/2018/07/council-attack-bhrut-over-king-george.html
3 The BHRUT email extract is below of 1st May 2018 disclosing Sepsis and other information
4 BHRUT refuse to disclose information below on 7th August: