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Dear Matt Hancock

As Thanet residents and residents of Kent we are asking you to save the stroke unit at QEQM Hospital (Margate) and not cut the number of stroke units in the county by half.  We do not think that people in the deprived area of Thanet, with already poor health, should have to travel a one hour […]

Back the Whistleblowers

Topic: SONiK Whistleblower Event Time: Sep 9, 2020 06:00 PM London Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 844 4963 8209 Passcode: 474626

Why We Are Against Merger of CCGs

The plan to merge all of Kent’s CCG’s (Clinical Commissioning Groups) into one for all of Kent. CCGs organise all NHS care at a local level. They decide how to spend the money, how care will be delivered, they make commissioning decisions and have legal responsibility to deliver care as per the NHS institution. There are […]

What SONiK told Thanet District Council…

Statement by Save Our NHS in Kent (SONiK) to Thanet District Council, 5 September 2019 Everyone in this room should be aware that local health commissioners have decided to close the stroke unit at QEQM hospital.  SONiK believes this decision has been taken in an attempt to save money rather than to address local need.  […]

NHS 10 Year Plan – A Critical Analysis

NHS LONG TERM 10 YEAR FORWARD PLAN EXTRACTS AND COMMENTS The NHS Long Term 10 Year Forward Plan is a continuation the 5 Year Forward Plan and contains all the features outlined when the Sustainability (now System) and Transformation Plan (STP) was first proposed, producing savings by reducing hospital attendance, moving treatment in primary care, […]

The Judicial Review – FAQs

What is the case about? In February 2019, health commissioners for Kent and Medway decided to reduce our six existing stroke units down to just three. This would mean that the only stroke unit serving the whole of East Kent would be in Ashford, which represents a journey time of more than an hour for […]


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 […]