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Margate Constutaltion ‘a shambles’

Press Release
February 2018

CONSULTATION PROCESS IS “A SHAMBLES”

The consultation process over stroke treatment in east Kent is now an “absolute shambles,” according to the Save Our NHS In Kent (SONIK) group.

Their verdict followed the breakdown of a meeting held by local NHS bosses last night (26th Feb) at Margate Football Club.

A panel of high ranking local NHS officials, including Dr Tony Martin, Head of Thanet’s Clinical Commissioning Group, and Dr David Hargroves of  East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, presented proposals which will mean the closure of the stroke unit in Margate hospital and Thanet stroke victims having to travel to Ashford.

“Everyone knows that good treatment for stroke patients depends on how fast you can be treated,” said a SONIK spokesperson. “This plan means the chances of survival for Thanet stroke victims will be severely reduced.”

According to SONIK,  the meeting started to break down because of a refusal of many in the audience to accept answers provided by the panel.

The SONIK spokesperson said: “Members of the public often just did not believe what the NHS people were telling them, things like that there weren’t enough trained staff to provide a stroke service in Margate.”

But the meeting finally fell to pieces, according to SONIK, when the organisers tried to force the audience to split into round table discussions.

The SONIK spokesperson said: “Splitting into round table groups would mean that people would have to discuss questions set out by the organisers. But most of the audience wanted to go on asking questions of the panel refused to split into groups.”

According to SONIK, the meeting then started to fall apart, with around three quarters of the audience deciding to leave rather than take part in round table discussions.

A spokesperson for the SONIK group said: “The refusal of the NHS representatives to go on answering questions from the public shows what a fake and hollow process this consultation is.”

The spokesperson added: “We believe the whole local NHS consultation process is a sham and a shambles. We are calling on the NHS authorities to abandon their present format for public consultations and instead hold proper public meetings where people can quiz officials and have a vote at the end.”

“Most importantly, we must have an option on the table which allows us to have a stroke unit at Margate hospital.”

There are two more consultation meetings now scheduled in the Thanet area. For more information visit saveourNHSkent.org.uk

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Rotherham Stroke Campaign

Save our local hospital emergency stroke services

We need your support to help fund a legal challenge to the decision to close our emergency stroke services in both Barnsley and Rotherham local hospitals.

Both Barnsley Save Our NHS and Rotherham Save Our NHS campaign groups are seeking to raise funds to support this challenge to the closure of the emergency stroke services at both our local hospitals here in South Yorkshire.

Our industrial heritage contributes to a much higher incidence of stroke in both our towns than the national average for England.

The emergency stroke service is known as the Hyper Acute Stroke service and helps you during the first 72 hours after having a stroke.   It is the service that provides treatment, which if given early enough, can help recovery and prevent long term disabilities.

The Barnsley resident, and both campaign groups, are concerned that the views of local people in Barnsley, and in Rotherham, were not taken account of by the decision-makers, and that the people in these two towns were not treated fairly.

The case is challenging the decision made by the Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups (JCCCG) at their meeting held on 15th November 2017 to close the emergency stroke services at Barnsley and Rotherham hospitals.

The challenge is on the following grounds:

  • The JCCG has failed to ensure all relevant information was obtained in order to make an informed decision.
  • The JCCCG is proceeding to implement the proposed changes without the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee having the opportunity to consider the Decision Making Business Case and propose recommendations.
  • Reliance on the consultation in relation to the changes is not rational given the change in circumstances since the consultation was carried out.
  • Where the JCCCG has taken into account the consultation it failed to take into account the product of The consultation with the majority of views being against the proposals.
  • The JCCCG is making emergency stroke services further away from people’s own communities for patients from Barnsley and Rotherham which fails to comply with Article 25 of the UN Convention on the rights of people with disabilities

To further explain some points:

An example of information that was not obtained to inform the decision was about transport concerns that families in Barnsley and Rotherham raised.  It was about needing to use public transport, to visit a relative in a specialist stroke unit many miles away, which will involve long journeys and many changes.

At the JCCCG meeting in April 2017, the decision-makers acknowledged these concerns and agreed to do further work on these transport issues.

However, this work was not carried out.

Instead public transport concerns were dismissed by a statement in the Equality Impact Assessment attached to the Decision Making Business Case approved by the November meeting of the JCCCG. This statement says:

The potential social impact in relation to travel for visitors has already been considered and is minimal.”

An example of a change in circumstances since the consultation and before the decision was made, concerns information clearly given in the consultation document.

The consultation took place in the winter of 2016/17 winter and the consultation document said that it was only emergency stroke services that were changing and that the stroke units would remain. There was an independent report published in March 2017 analysing the consultation responses, which were made based on the information given at the time.

However three months later, in the summer of 2017, the new South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Accountable Care System decided to review the sustainability of five hospital services across the area, one of which is non-emergency stroke units.

The Decision Making Business Case that the JCCCG decided to approve and to fund, in November 2017, clearly implies that Barnsley and Rotherham Stroke Units may not now be sustainable.  This is not the information we were consulted on when we were told, in October 2016, that these services were safe and were definitely not going to be closed.

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Thanet North Labour Party back SONiK and 24th protest

*** LATEST: Broadstairs Labour Party has also adopted the SONiK resolution***

••• Margate West, Birchington and Villages branch has backed this too •••

The following resolution was passed at a meeting of Thanet North Labour Party this week. Other party groups and organisations are welcome to back us too. We are not a party political group but welcome support and backing.

Save Our NHS in Kent RESOLUTION

The North Thanet Constituency Labour Party notes:

The NHS is under-funded, understaffed and struggling to cope with increasing demand. The Government is aiming to cut another £22bn from the NHS by 2020, nearly a fifth of the entire NHS budget. They intend to achieve this through Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP).

STPs involve a major reorganisation of the NHS from top to bottom. Under the 2012 Health & Social Care Act any new or reorganised health service must be put out to tender, so most services could be run by private providers in the next 3-4 years.

In east Kent we already know part of the proposed plan is to:
• Reduce the number of GP surgeries. In the whole of Thanet, there will be as few as three, for example. • Services closed last year at Kent & Canterbury Hospital (without consultation) will stay closed.

• Stroke care for the whole of East Kent will be in a Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) located in Ashford (Mid-Kent). Current services in Margate and Canterbury will close. Journey times from the coastal towns – with high levels of poor health and deprivation – could lead to death and disability due to late treatment.

The Save Our NHS in Kent (SONiK) group are organising with others a protest outside Margate QEQM Hospital at noon on 24 February 2018. The protest is to stop removal of stroke services from east Kent and for the delivery of a HASU at the hospital.

This CLP believes:

• The millions of pounds being cut from Kent’s NHS budget through the STP should be halted and reversed. The STP should be halted. Proper provision should be made for all NHS services.

• Stroke services in Kent and Medway have become a post-code lottery. Thanet QEQM needs a Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit (HASU).

• We must defend the NHS as a publicly funded, publicly run health service, free at the point of deliv- ery. Social Care should be run on a similar basis. Privatisation has no place in the NHS.

This CLP resolves:

• To back the SONiK protest on 24 February. To encourage members to attend and aim to send a banner to the protest.

• To support Thanet Trades Council’s ‘NHS Day’ planned for Saturday 5 May, in Margate. • To donate the sum of £ * to SONiK to help towards the cost of the campaign.

* please note that the funds for SONiK are held in trust by Thanet TUC and cheques should be made payable to: Thanet TUC. SONiK c/o 11 Grosvenor Road, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 2BT

Please email and let know how whether the motion was agreed saveourNHSkent@gmail.com

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REPORT: street stalls

Margate on Saturday: pop-up street stall

On Friday and Saturday last week, members of SONiK ran two fantastically successful stalls promoting the Save Our Stroke Services protest on 24 February at QEQM. We had queues of people wanting to sign our petition. We ran out of petitions really quickly and a fast thinking member managed to get one of the local banks to photocopy more for us!

Over 600 signatures were collected, adding to over 1100 already gathered online. Hundreds of leaflets were given out. People took posters, fliers and petitions to give out at work and encourage people to sign up to the campaign.

On Saturday in Margate, we were joined by campaigning Labour Cllr. Ian Venables, as well as new people who we had never seen before.

We have never had such a positive response before. The cutting of our stroke services it a hot issue, which affects everyone. People are rightly angry about the possible loss of services. We heard many stories from stroke survivors who said they would not be alive today if they’d had to travel to Ashford for treatment.

In addition to the stalls, we have leafleted shops, pubs, cafes and also undertaken door to door leafleting in some areas. We have distributed over 6000 leaflets so far.

We are planning to hold a stall this Friday 23 February at 11am, Ramsgate High Street. Please join us.
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Ten things YOU can do…

If you support our campaign, here’s 10 things you can do to help…

WHAT YOU CAN DO

1. Sign our two petitions!  Change Our Stroke Service at QEQM Hospital and Halt the Undemocratic Pseudo-Consultation

2. Come to our protest on Saturday Feb 24th (12 noon, QEQM main entrance). Bring as many people with you as you can.

3. Attend the listening events (public meetings arranged in order for locals to have their say). Speak up, ask questions, voice your concerns. Dates: Thanet events are on 7th March and 26th Feb – the full list of meetings across Kent is here: https://kentandmedway.nhs.uk/stroke-consultation-listening-events/

4. Fill in the consultation questionnaire – be wary, it is not designed to allow opposing views! Use the free text boxes at the end. https://kentandmedway.nhs.uk/stoke-consultation-questionnaire/

5. It’s important to email your opinions as well, as the parameters of the questionnaire are too limiting. Email your point of view using this address km.stroke@nhs.net and mark it for the attention of Steph Hood and Patricia Davies.

6. Spread the word. Talk to friends and family. Remember, this is at the consultation stage now, so the stroke unit closure will happen if there’s not a sizeable objection from the public. It’s crucial to act now.

7. You can complain (km.stroke@nhs.net) if you feel that that consultation documents look more like an advert for the new system than an impartial document. Both sides should be presented, and any potential closures or loss of services must be clearly stated.

8. Write a letter to your local news outlets, call up local radio, write to your MP. Ask your local councillors why they are not doing anything about this (if they aren’t already).

9. Look out for any adverts promoting the plan, especially if you see an online ad that appears to be misleading. Take a screenshot/clipping/photo and send it to saveournhskent@gmail.com

10. Watch this space for more info and updates! www.saveournhskent.wordpress.com  Facebook: Save Our NHS Kent  saveournhskent@gmail.com

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Trade Union Support

Model resolution of support

Save Our NHS in Kent MODEL RESOLUTION

This branch / committee / group notes:

The NHS is under-funded, understaffed and struggling to cope with increasing demand. The Govern- ment is aiming to cut another £22bn from the NHS by 2020, nearly a fifth of the entire NHS budget. They intend to achieve this through Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP).

STPs involve a major reorganisation of the NHS from top to bottom. Under the 2012 Health & Social Care Act any new or reorganised health service must be put out to tender, so most services could be run by private providers in the next 3-4 years.

In east Kent we already know part of the plan is to:
• Reduce the number of GP surgeries. In the whole of Thanet, there will be just three, for example. • Services closed last year at Kent & Canterbury Hospital (without consultation) will stay closed.

• Stroke care for the whole of East Kent will be in a Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) located in Ash- ford (Mid-Kent). Current services in Margate and Canterbury will close. Journey times from the coastal towns – with high levels of poor health and deprivation – could lead to death and disability due to late treatment.

The Save Our NHS in Kent (SONiK) group are organising with others a protest outside Margate QEQM Hospital at noon on 24 February 2018. The protest is to stop removal of stroke services from east Kent and for the delivery of a HASU at the hospital.

This branch / committee / group believes:

• The millions of pounds being cut from Kent’s NHS budget through the STP should be halted and reversed. The STP should be halted. Proper provision should be made for all NHS services.

• Stroke services in Kent and Medway have become a post-code lottery. Thanet QEQM needs a Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit (HASU).

• We must defend the NHS as a publicly funded, publicly run health service, free at the point of deliv- ery. Social Care should be run on a similar basis. Privatisation has no place in the NHS.

This branch / committee / resolves:

• To back the SONiK protest on 24 February. To encourage members to attend and aim to send a ban- ner to the protest.

• To support Thanet Trades Council’s ‘NHS Day’ planned for Saturday 5 May, in Margate. • To donate the sum of £ * to SONiK to help towards the cost of the campaign.

* please note that the funds for SONiK are held in trust by Thanet TUC and cheques should be made payable to: Thanet TUC. SONiK c/o 11 Grosvenor Road, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 2BT

Please email and let know how whether the motion was agreed saveourNHSkent@gmail.com