Atrocity in Manchester

Brent Patient Voice extends its deepest condolences to the victims of the Manchester atrocity and their families and sends best wishes for a full recovery for the injured. We pay warm tribute to the NHS, fire and police services for their dedicated and unstinting response, as always. We all stand together.

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

“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). … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

BPV issues 28-page Critique of the NW London STP

Today Brent Patient Voice sent off to the NHS and Brent Council a 28 page Critique of the NW London Sustainability and Transformation Plan drat of 30 June 2016. The Plan has been in the public domain since 5 August as explained in earlier posts on this site.

For technical reasons (our lack of skill) we can’t link you to the Critique on this website. … Continue reading

STP says come dance with me

For the first time since the local NHS and Council bureaucracies started drawing up the NW London Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) in January of this year, they are going to allow members of the great unwashed British public to discuss it in a face to face meeting on 26 September.

Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Chair of Brent’s Health & Wellbeing Board, responding to a BPV … Continue reading

Sickle Cell Support Service gets temporary reprieve

Following our polite request to Brent CCG to reconsider its decision to terminate the Brent Sickle Cell Advice and Support Service (see post of 20 July below), the Governing Body agreed on 7 September to continue funding until a new alternative proposal comes back to them and then to give 3 months notice if there was a decision to end the existing Service.

This at … Continue reading