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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