Mansfield Commission Report slams hospital plans

Brent Patient Voice welcomes the findings of the Mansfield Report. BPV Chair, Robin Sharp, said: “We are pleased that Mansfield endorses the extensive evidence that we and many other independent people submitted. Why has the NHS greeted it with silence?”  The Report of the Independent Healthcare Commission for North West London under Michael Mansfield QC was published on 2nd December. It brings no comfort for…

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A&E poster campaign: Advertising Standards Authority investigates further

In October we referred the CCG poster with the words “A&E is for life-threatening emergencies only” to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) on the grounds that the statement was untrue and could be dangerous. We did this reluctantly and only after several attempts to persuade the CCG to modify or withdraw the offending words. On 13 November we had an initial response from the ASA…

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Untruthful A&E poster campaign

A&E Departments are an essential part of the NHS provision of emergency care. No-one needs to be told this. However Brent Patient Voice has objected strongly to an advertising campaign promoted by Brent and some nearby CCGs. This is because posters placed around the Borough say “A&E is for life-threatening emergencies only”. This is strictly not true. We have put it to the CCG that…

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The late Councillor Dan Filson

The BPV Steering Group were extremely sorry to learn a few days ago of the sudden death of Brent Councillor Dan Filson. Although he had much experience of local affairs in another Borough he had only recently moved to Brent. He was first elected to Brent Council in 2014 and quickly became known as an effective member of the Planning Committee. This led to his…

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Some worrying comparisons

The national NHS news remains worrying. Today we have news of junior doctors voting on a strike. A new OECD report says that Britain now comes low in the international league tables for most categories of national healthcare. Male expectation of life at birth comes 14th out of 34, and 24th for women. Cancer 5 year survival rates are 21 out of 23 nations for…

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CCG AGMs: answers to our questions

We are glad to acknowledge that Brent CCG has responded in detail to questions from the BPV Steering Group posed at its two (yes two) Annual General Meetings this autumn. The second was held on 14th October after BPV pointed out that the first was not constitutional. See our earlier story “The AGM that never was”. The CCG responses have been put together in a…

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Community Cardiology Clinics: performance now referred to Care Quality Commission

Following our earlier story “Hiccups with the new Brent Community Cardiology Clinics” we can now report some progress, but only after intensive probing by BPV. There are now clinics at both centres each weekday. More specialist cardiologists have been appointed although not all have started yet. At the same time there has been turnover at senior level. There was a gap in the contact specification…

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BPV and Commissioning Intentions for 2016/17

On 5 October 2015 Brent CCG published on its website a 66-page document setting out draft plans for funding healthcare for Brent residents in 2016/17. In the jargon this is called “Commissioning Intentions”. You can find the full text on the Brent CCG website. The public are invited to comment. To help those who attended the Health Partners Forum (public event) yesterday 7th October BPV…

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Whither Shaping?

“Shaping a Healthier Future” is the name of the process for changing the functions of the 9 acute general hospitals in NW London. Our earlier story “Stilettos and hatchets at the Civic Centre” reported on the public hearings of the Mansfield Commission into the Shaping project at Brent Civic Centre on 9 May. Since then Rob Larkman and other leaders of the Shaping team invited…

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Were you at Queen’s Park Day?

BPV  made one of its rare non-virtual appearances  at Queen’s Park Day on Sunday 13th September. On a mostly sunny day thousands of people enjoyed exciting performances, shows and stalls. We used our stall to show the flag and had some interesting conversations with local partners, even if the Great British Public’s mind was on other things. Not many people had time to fill in…

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