Come to the BPV and Brent Mind Public Meeting!

On Tuesday 19th April Brent Patient Voice will be holding its second public meeting and first AGM. We are delighted that Brent MIND has agreed to co-sponsor this event with us. The topic will be “Race and Mental Health: are black communities getting a fair deal?” The speaker will be Dr Aggrey Burke, formerly Senior Lecturer and Consultant Psychiatrist at St George’s Hospital, London. There…

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Thumbs down and thumbs up for BPV

At the Brent Health and Wellbeing Board (H&WB) on 22 March BPV’s application for co-option was rejected. No-one spoke up in our favour and the Leader of the Council said that if we joined it would undermine the role of Healthwatch. Currently the H&WB is made up of members of Brent Council, Brent CCG and Healthwatch. These are statutory members and Healthwatch is a body…

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Banned ad for “patient safety”?

The online news blog ‘Get West London’ reported the Advertising Standards Authority adjudication condemning as misleading the Brent CCG advertisement and website posting that A&E is only for life threatening emergencies. They included an response from an anonymous source for Brent CCG suggesting that the advertisement had been intended to promote patient safety, and commenting dismissively that there had only been one complaint out of…

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A&E NOT for life-threatening emergencies only: Advertising Standards Authority rules against the CCG

We can now bring readers up to date with the saga of Brent CCG’s misleading ads which said “A&E is for life-threatening emergencies only”. The ASA has found that the CCG breached the Advertising Code and told them not to use the ads again in their current form. Brent Patient Voice (BPV), which represents Brent patients, tried several times but failed to get the CCG…

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Community Cardiology Clinics update

The new Brent NHS Community Cardiology Service provided at Willesden and Wembley Centres for Health and Care continues to have serious shortcomings. Brent Patient Voice has been monitoring the introduction of this service since it started in April 2015 and is represented on the joint contract review group with the provider the Royal Free London NHS Hospital Trust (RFL) and Brent Clinical Commissioning Group (Brent…

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A present from Santa George?

Readers who were awake may have noticed a fleeting appearance by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on BBC London TV just before Christmas. He was announcing the London Health Devolution Agreement, supposedly signed by George Osborne himself along with all London CCGs and all London Borough Councils. Ever vigilant on behalf of Brent patients, BPV asked Brent CCG and Brent Council about the process by…

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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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