THEY REFUSE TO RE-OPEN OUR BEDS
THEY REFUSE TO GUARANTEE THE FUTURE OF LONGTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL
AND THEIR COSTLY, SHAM CONSULTATION IS TO GO AHEAD
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THEM LISTEN! HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO ……………..
1) ATTEND A ‘CONSULTATION’ EVENT
Below is a list of ‘consultation’ events that the public can attend. We urge you to go along to at least one of them to tell them we want our beds re-opened, our Hospital to stay open and adequate health care provided in our community to those who need it. They are making it difficult for the public to attend by having all but one meeting in the daytime in remote venues and asking you to ‘register’ on-line at http://www.northstaffsccg.nhs.uk/my-care-my-way – BUT DON’T LET THAT STOP YOU!
You can also register by calling 01782 298192 or E-MAILING email@example.com
* Fri 23 October 1pm-4pm Moat House , Festival Way, Etruria ST1 5BQ * Tues 3 November 2pm-5pm Fenton Manor, City Road, Fenton ST4 2RR * Mon 9 November 6pm-9pm CORE Normacot Road, Longton. ST3 1PR * Fri 20 November 3pm-6pm Staffs Moorland Council, Stockwell Street, Leek ST13 6HQ * Mon 23 November 10pm-1pm Bentilee Com. Centre Dawlish Drive, Bentilee ST2 0EU * Fri 27 November 2pm-5pm Guild hall, Tape St, Cheadle ST10 1BG
2) DO AN ON-LINE SURVEY
If you can’t attend a ‘consultation’ meeting (or even if you can) you can respond to 3 questions in an online survey at
https://www.elesurvey.co.uk/f/613554/860d/ to tell them what you think
* * * If you send them an email to register for a meeting or answer any survey questions please e-mail us a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org – So we can make sure that your messages etc are not ignored.
3) INVITE A HEALTH BOSS TO YOUR COMMUNITY GROUP, TRADE UNION BRANCH, RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION MEETING ETC
Health bosses are asking “If you would like to ask for someone to come to a meeting please call 01782 298192” If you do, please invite a speaker from SAVE LONGTON COTTAGE HOSPTAL as well by calling 07845893607.
4) SEND LETTERS TO THE SENTINEL
E-mail – email@example.com with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to The Sentinel, Bethesda St, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3GN
10,000 DEMAND ANSWERS FROM HEALTH BOSSES!
Local Health bosses closed all Longton Cottage beds BEFORE their ‘consultation’ on closing them had started!
Their ‘consultation’ is a sham – ours isn’t!
At our 1st public meeting in Longton 3 highly paid Health Bosses were verbally hammered by locals angry at their plans.The 3, Marcus Warnes, Stuart Poynor & Andrew Bartlam are also behind the privatisation of our cancer care treatment
Their ‘My Care My Way – Home First’ health care plan will not work!
Their real aim is to close Longton Cottage, followed by other local community hospitals. Why? Well it has NOTHING to do with providing improved care in the home. It’s all about dismantling our NHS & privatising the more profitable parts.
Their own ‘survey’ says there needs to be a number of key things in place for their “MY CARE MY WAY – HOME FIRST” plan to work which they cannot guarantee. They are each listed below and followed in turn with questions we want answers to. Heath Bosses say that they will ……………….
A)“Ensure that there is capacity in community services to support” their plans
But we say, to do this it’s necessary to produce facts & figures publicly which show ……….
the number of people who currently need ‘community services’
how many health workers currently support their needs
details of what that ‘support’ entails. EG How much time care workers have for each community visit?
how many more people will be needed to deliver ‘support’ if your new model is implemented
Bearing in mind there is already a shortage of community health workers where will these extra ones come from?
Will they be properly trained and employed directly on trade union rates of pay & conditions or be from agencies?
B) “Reassure the public about the future of community hospitals”
The only way that the ‘public’ can be ‘reassured’ is if you guarantee their continued existence. So far you have refused to do so. Will you do that now?
C) “Ensure that there will be support for spouse/family/carer”
To do this it is necessary to produce facts & figures now publicly which show
1) the number of spouses/families/carers who currently need ‘support’
2) how many health workers currently support their needs
3) details of what that ‘support’ entails
4) how many more people will be needed to deliver this ‘support’ if your new model is implemented
5) where will these extra people come from?
6) Will workers be properly trained? Will they be employed directly on trade union rates of pay & conditions or will from agencies?
D) “Ensure patients will be followed up in the community”
This is so vague that it effectively has no meaning! There are cases now locally of patients at home being told to phone a number if they need help. Is this what ‘followed up’ means? We need specific details of what is meant here. EG how often will patients be ‘followed up’, by whom for how long?
E) “Ensure that this is carefully implemented”
This is also so vague that it effectively has no meaning! Health bosses need to state what is meant by ‘carefully implement’.
F) “Ensure investment is made to support changes to the model of care.”
The government is taking another £22 billion out of our NHS. Even if the ‘investment’ is found from somewhere to ‘support the changes’ where will it come from? It could only possibly be found by cutting funding from another service provided by our NHS. Which service/s would that be?
“Trusts spending on ‘management consultants’ has DOUBLED between 2010 and 2014 to £640 million. That’s enough to pay for THREE MEDIUM SIZED HOSPITALS OR 2,000 NURSES!” (read more about this at HEALTH SERVICE – CONDITION CRITICAL)
So instead of telling us that we ‘can’t afford’ to keep 37 beds open in Longton Cottage Hospital we suggest that you stop handing our money over to an army of ‘management consultants’ who’s remit is to dismantle and privatise our NHS!
For Health Bosses to carry out any sort of meaningful consultation our questions need answering.
We demand, in the name of 10,000 local people who are backing the SAVE LONGTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL that these answers are provided by local Health Bosses.