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STROKE CAMPAIGNERS ACCUSE HEALTH OFFICIALS OF USING PRIVATE MEETING TO INTERFERE WITH COUNCIL VOTE Campaigners are accusing NHS officials of using a private, unminuted meeting with county councillors to force through plans to slash stroke services in Kent. The campaign group Save Our NHS in Kent (SONIK) group believe that the officials used the meeting with Kent […]

Assemble Outside Thanet Council, 5 Sept

Thanet District Council invited SONiK to address the Council on 5th Sept. Today they told us that the meeting was cancelled due to lack of things to discuss. OUR PROTEST GOES ON at TDC offices, Margate, 6pm.

SONiK Judicial Review to go ahead

COURT WILL REVIEW PLAN TO SLASH STROKE SERVICES IN KENT It’s been announced that a court will review NHS bosses’ decision to slash the number of hospitals able to offer emergency stroke treatment in Kent.  The judicial review, mounted by health campaign group Save Our NHS in Kent, (SONiK) will be heard on the first […]

REPORT: Meeting with Thanet District Council 30 April 19

Summary of SONIK’s meeting with Thanet District Council Chief Executive Madeline Homer. We tried to persuade TDC to contribute towards costs for the stroke unit judicial review. The outcome: SONIK aims to petition the council for funds once the council reconvenes – with the help of the public, and Ms Homer agreed to write a […]

REFER IT BACK – send message to KCC

To stand a good chance of stopping the planned stroke unit closures, we need to take court action ––Judicial review AND get the plans referred back to the Secretary of State (Matt Hancock) for independent review. By doing both, we double our chances of getting a major rethink on the plans which are not fit […]

Judicial Review – full steam ahead!

SONIK’s Judicial Review with regard to the plans to close stroke units at QEQM, Medway and Pembury – it’s full steam ahead! Thursday 18th April 2019 On Monday 15th April, SONIK (Save Our NHS in Kent) sent a legal letter to the Kent and Medway Stroke review CCGs which starts the firing gun for our judicial […]

SONiK Published the case AGAINST stroke cuts

Save Our NHS in Kent has now published our document laying out the case against the plans to re-organise Stroke Services in Kent that would see some communities left with no local service. You can read it here: The case AGAINST changes to Stroke Services  

SONiK writes to CCG boss – 4 Dec 18

 Caroline Selkirk, Managing Director, East Kent CCGs  East Kent NHS Proposals Pre-Consultation Engagement – Patients Public and Staff 4th December 2018 Pre-consultation feedback from Save Our NHS in Kent (Please accept this as a response to the consultation)
We urge the east Kent CCGs to take these concerns and suggestions on board and make the necessary […]

Medics defend SONiK campaign

Last week, SONIK were branded ‘inaccurate’ and ‘irresponsible’ for voicing concerns that the stroke plans could lead to additional deaths for Thanet residents. Here is our response in full. [Please note that some publications have chosen to edit our response, this is why we want it to be clear that this is the full, unedited […]