‘Hub’ Hubris – The ‘Defend Our NHS’ fight back opens the party season

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As the  party season arrives here is our first notification from our good friends Defend Our NHS (DONHS) Wirral that they’re organising  ‘a bit of a do’ .

Of course all we can do is sarcasm and satire so we doff our caps to those out there who actually give a damn and go out there and do something about it. They’ve also listed other dates that should interest you if you care about the future of the NHS – including a Clinical Commissioning Group meeting to be held tomorrow (see below).

We would also add that Wirral Council’s Cabinet meeting on Monday 27th November is a date for the diary for anyone interested in bloody ‘hubs’ and more specifically ‘integrated commissioning hubs’. Sorry scrub that – as you can see all the interesting stuff that affects YOUR life and health will be discussed behind closed doors. Because that’s how Wirral Council roll (over all of us).

STP Hub

Dear friends of the NHS,

First the good news: we’re having a Christmas Party! We wanted to celebrate all we’ve done in the past year and give everyone a much -needed chance to relax from campaigning and to make and renew acquaintances with fellow NHS defenders.

It will be in central Birkenhead on the evening of Friday 8th December. There will be hot and cold food available. If we are to go ahead and make final arrangements, we need to know who is coming AND if you want food. (Food – something like chilli/curry with a vegetarian option – will be available at a cost of up to £10; it could be less if we have enough people. Any extra money will be used for printing leaflets and room hire.)

Only people who reply by 27th November to say they are coming will be sent the final details and ticket arrangements. Email now!

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But now the bad news – and we’re afraid there’s little else.

You will know that our campaigning this year has concentrated on Wirral Council. We wanted them to do a simple thing: to make good on the agreed policy to oppose the so-called ‘sustainability and transformation plan/partnership’ (STP).

They agreed this in December 2016 – yet it took the leader of the Council, Phil Davies, eight months to send off the letter to Jeremy Hunt.

We’ve been lobbying and briefing councillors and pointing out the wickedness of the STP and its associated ‘accountable care organisation/system’.

Only last month councillors agreed that, “This Council will, therefore, remain opposed to changes and savings which place the achievements of our NHS at risk.

The STP would involve £1bn CUTS for the Cheshire and Merseyside area.

The reduced budget will have to pay for social care AS WELL AS our NHS services.

Meanwhile the party to which most Wirral councillors belong has adopted a policy of complete reinstatement of the NHS.

So imagine our surprise when we discovered the following…

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Guess who’s advising Wirral on this? Yes, Private Eye’s old friends, global auditing company Price Waterhouse Cooper– PwC (known in the trade as ‘profits without conscience’). 

On Wirral we have already seen how quickly cuts can be implemented. Eastham Walk-In centre was closed within days with no consultation with the public. We have already been warned about the “really big cuts to come” and everyone has evidence of long delays for appointments, staff shortages, service cuts and rationing.

Thanks to a fantastic community campaign the Eastham centre is to be re-opened. But will this be at the expense of A&E at Arrowe Park?

To compound the misery Wirral clinical commissioning group have secretly agreed to talk to Wirral partners (including the Council) and potentially to send a letter to NHSE requesting Wirral CCG join something called the ‘Capped Expenditure Programme’. If you want to know why this is terrifying read this from the BMA:

Have YOU been consulted on any of this? Does any of it meet the NHS mission of ‘no decision about me without me’?

We are simply flabbergasted – but we will fight back, and we urge you to do the same.

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What can we do if the NHS is to have a happy Christmas?

Join us and fight to reverse NHS cuts & privatisation

      Oppose the STP and ACS

      Insist that your councillors and MPs do the same

      Fight for the full restoration of an effective NHS

      Ensure that the Eastham NHS Walk-In Centre is re-opened without damage to other services (for example NO cuts to Arrowe Park A&E)

       Achieve an emergency £20m increase for Wirral NHS funding

      Come to the CCG ‘consultation’ meeting in Mayer Hall, Bebington from 6.30pm WEDNESDAY 22nd NOVEMBER

      Protest at the Wirral cabinet meeting, Wallasey town hall, 9am MONDAY 27TH NOVEMBER

      Protest at the Wirral council meeting, Wallasey town hall, 5pm MONDAY 11TH DECEMBER

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ALL Wirral councillors have been asked these three simple questions:

  1. Do you support our campaign to stop the STP/ACS and oppose the further near £1 billion cuts? YES/NO
  2. Do you support the reinstatement of our NHS? YES/NO
  3. Will you tell Wirral voters what your responses are in any forthcoming communication? YES/NO

The replies we’ve received so far are very interesting.

And note that all Wirral MPs have been asked to pledge allegiance to the NHS at https://weownit.org.uk/nhstakeback Guess how many have?

IF OUR COUNCILLORS AND MPs FAIL TO JOIN US IN DEFENDING THE NHS WE HAVE A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION.

SOME OF THEM WON’T LIKE IT.

                        ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………                        Reminder:

  1. Reply now and tell us how many tickets you want for the Christmas party.
  2. Put those meeting dates in your diary and join us.
  3. Share this email and the information as widely as you can. And finally:
  4. We have been campaigning locally to defend our NHS for almost seven years. We need some new blood in the team who will DO things. If you are as determined as us to make this a happy NHS Christmas get in touch.

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………                        Best wishes on behalf of Defend Our NHS

                        defendournhswirral@gmail.com

                        https://www.facebook.com/groups/defendournhs/

                        https://twitter.com/DefendourNHS



6 thoughts on “‘Hub’ Hubris – The ‘Defend Our NHS’ fight back opens the party season

  1. Pingback: ‘Hub’ Hubris – The ‘Defend Our NHS’ fight back opens the party season — Wirralleaks | L8in

  2. No health privatisation? Coherent NHS provision? Wirral CCG have just issued this statement:
    “Peninsula Health:
    As you will be aware, Peninsula Health stopped accepting new referrals into this service as of the 29th September 2017 and their contract expired on the 29th October 2017. As part of the Audiology AQP contract, Peninsula Health sub-contracted with Specsavers to deliver 100% of the activity. Whilst we are in the process of finalising arrangements with other outgoing providers (Hidden Hearing, Outside Clinic and WUTH) for the provision of aftercare only post expiry of the AQP contract (for patients who are part way through their 3 year pathway or whose hearing has not changed following 3rd year review and re-assessment into the pathway is not required), we have been working with Peninsula Health to manage the proposed transfer of their existing patients to Specsavers to ensure seamless care. The attached letter has been sent out by Peninsula to patients.
    As per the attached letter, patients were given the option of opting out of the transfer to Specsavers; 76 patients (3%) have opted out. However, since sending the letter, the transfer of patients to Specsavers has been delayed, with long term arrangements still to be agreed between Peninsula Health and Specsavers. As a result, Peninsula Health remains responsible for the three year aftercare pathway of existing patients until further notice.
    With regards to the patients who have opted out, 36 have been discharged back to their GP to date. For the remaining 40 patients, we are currently working with Peninsula Health to agree an alternative arrangement to discharging these patients back to the GP.
    Please also note that we have received feedback from patients and practices that due to the delay referred to above, patients have not been able to access the service for aftercare. This has now been addressed by Peninsula Health, with a drop-in clinic commencing Friday 17th November 2017. The drop-in clinic will be held every Friday from Birkenhead Medical Building between 9am and 12pm.
    For any future patient queries, patients should contact Peninsula Health customer services team on 0300 303 9509.
    Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
    Hidden Hearing:
    Hidden Hearing has confirmed that the delivery of an aftercare only contract would not be viable for them due to low volumes. Therefore, we have agreed that a letter will be sent to existing patients advising them that they will be transferred to one of the new providers of choice (Mediscan, Scrivens or Specsavers) who will become responsible for all aftercare requirements. We are working to a service end date of the 31st December 2017.”

    • Rather like the mess my dog Dolly just deposited in the dark after leftovers from sausage and mash dinner given this morning…and I had to pick up the non coherent, sloppy mess

  3. G’day Leaksy

    Talking to “Highbrow” today and I did understood some of his big words and he wasn’t even blinding me in his high viz.

    “Philly “Fucking” Liar” is in for a lesson as “Highbrow” has done an exercise to show that his Infernal Audit section is just as incompetent as the rest of his wastes of space at wirral.

    I think the loony “Phil the Very Very Very Very Slimy, Elusive LYING and Deluded Dill” tried to tell “Highbrow” about audit.

    The man is a raving idiot with a big pink face and fat arse and extremely low intellect.

    Its coming soon Lordy to a blog really near you.

    Ooroo

    James

    Saying that Leaksville Beverley Edwards was right on Wirral “Funny” Bizz until they got shot of her.

    Then there was the Stinking Ashtray that is Adderley’s mate Dave Garry who was as bent as the best at wirral. But £40,000.00 richer.

    Luv ya My Good Lord XXXXXXXXXX

    • Corrupt fuckers the lot of them; only a matter of time before the council is liquidated (if it can be) and Central Gov take over for being inadequate, incapable and non compliant with legislation, rules and regulations.

      • Hear Hear Andy

        It obviously suits for them to be incompetent nincompoops.

        People like “Squash McCourt” can leech on them and ugly angry “public” servants like “Legweak” can get away with murder.

        Ooroo

        James

        Just keep saying it Andy and they might stand down.

        Bring in ADMINISTRATION and/or vote any new face.

        X

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