Letter to the Editor (unpublished!)

On Friday 26th August the national media and 38 degrees woke up to the existence of STPs, which we have been warning about for months – see other posts on this page. They only partly got it, focussing as ever on the risk of hospital closures. This is the letter we sent to The Guardian. Though they did not publish it there was one from…

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Will “optimisation” make things better: Brent’s new referrals service

In the real world “optimisation” means making things better. In “NHS speak” you can’t be too sure. Brent CCG has contracted Bexley Health Ltd (BHL) to provide a Brent ‘Referral Optimisation Service’ (BROS). This will start on 1 September 2016. Brent Patient Voice has followed this development for several months. We think it could have some advantages for patients and GPs but these now appear…

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NHS NW London reveals all – STP The Full Monty

Brent Patient Voice was among the noisier patient groups pressing the NW London NHS to put the STP (Sustainability and Transformation Plan) submission of 30 June into the public domain. We had the clear impression that they would not agree to do this until the autumn, by which time the document would be “final”. Imagine our pleasant surprise when they suddenly told us that they…

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All that fall

Brent CCG is setting up a small new Consultant Geriatrician led Community Falls Prevention Service starting in November 2016. There will be a 3 year contract costing around £340,000 per year. The staff of 5 to 7 is to include an Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist and Fracture Liaison Nurse. Brent Patient Voice welcomes this new initiative. It appears to us to be just the type of…

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