The thin end of the wedge?

On 19th June the “NHS NW London” (ie the 8 CCGs responsible for the NW London STP) asked us to publicise to our members an “engagement” exercise they are running until the end of next week 30 June. It is about NOT prescribing certain common medicines.

We have protested that this is a ridiculously short time and that the message should have come first via …

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Don’t wait for the DUP

Being rather old-fashioned we had so far refrained from commenting on the Conservative Election Manifesto extract recently posted. We thought we ought to wait to see what came out of negotiations with the DUP and appeared in the Queen’s Speech.

It seems that no such constraints are being applied by the Department of Health and NHS England. They are using the current political limbo to …

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Conservative Manifesto on NHS

As in 2015 BPV is providing information to patients about what the Manifesto of the winning party said about the NHS. We appreciate that until there are announcements about the arrangements with the DUP and the Queen’s Speech is published there are even more uncertainties than usual as to whether the Manifesto will be modified. We hope to publish some non-partisan comments once matters are …

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Support Diabetes Day at Civic tomorrow 15 June

Brent Integrated Diabetes Service (BIDS)
Invites you to participate in
Let’s Talk Diabetes
The 1
st annual Brent DESMOND reunion
During Diabetes Week

When?   15th June  
Who is this for?
Venue:  Brent Civic Centre
Time: 11 am – 4 pm

Free Entry and Free Refreshments!

Interactive Diabetes Topics on

Diabetes Care – Diet – Foot Care
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One swallow?

They say that one swallow does not make a summer but here is an interesting answer by Jeremy Hunt to a recent Parliamentary Question:

Jason McCartney (Colne Valley) Con: “On this important issue of A&Es, does the Secretary of State agree that it makes no sense at all for my local clinical commissioning group to be bringing forward a business case to spend an extra …

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Losing the power to shock

This seems to be where we have got to with revelations about NHS forward plans.

Using the Freedom of Information Act, a BPV stalwart has obtained important and hitherto hidden NHS papers about the calculations underlying the NW London STP.

These show what is really necessary to achieve “sustainability”, NHS speak for lopping £1.4billion off the budget by 2021. It is to cut out 7,753 …

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Only £513 million required for starters

“On 14 December Brent CCG Governing Body approved a massive submission to HM Treasury asking for £513 million investment for Part 1 of the “Business Plan” to implement plans to run down Ealing Hospital and create “Hubs” across the 8 NW London Boroughs involved.

The public were allowed 30 minutes to contribute or ask questions. This is what I said for BPV.

I thank the …

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“Change is needed – but not like this”

This was the theme elaborated by Dr Julia Simon, former NHS high-flyer, when she addressed a packed and lively BPV public meeting last Thursday 1st December at the Learie Constantine Centre, NW10.

BPV Chair, Robin Sharp, explained that big changes to the way in which GPs relate to their patients were hidden away in the recently published NW London NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). …

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BPV Public Meeting this Thursday 1st December

We look forward to seeing you at the Learie Constantine Centre, Dudden Hill Lane, NW10 2ET on Thursday 1st December from 6.45 onwards.

While commentators and the media are just waking up to the fact that the emerging NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans are a cloak for massive and damaging cuts to services, we in BPV are attempting to shed some light on the plans …

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