JOIN THE PROTEST TO SAVE LONGTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL! – Local Health Bosses to be presented with 10,000 name petition.

RE-0PEN OUR BEDS!

KEEP LONGTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL OPEN!

SLCH July 2015 march 15

Across the country unelected Health Bosses are being paid over £130,000 a year to dismantle and privatise our NHS. They are using local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) to carry out their plans.

It’s local CCG bosses who plan to sell-off our cancer care and end of life treatment across the whole of Staffordshire to private companies so that people like multi-millionaire Richard Branson can get even richer.

It’s the same local CCG’s along with another well-paid bunch of bosses at the Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust who have closed all the beds at our hospital at Longton Cottage.

These are the same bosses who plan to close Longton Cottage Hospital followed by other local community hospitals.

And we are fighting to stop them with 10,000 local people backing us!

HEALTH BOSSES WILL BE AT LONGTON FIRE STATION on WEDNESDAY 14 OCTOBER

JOIN THE PROTEST AGAINST THEIR CLOSURE PLANS!

8.30am at LONGTON FIRE STATION,

Uttoxeter Rd, Normacot ST3 1NS

Health Bosses will be there to meet with local councillors and we will be presenting them with our 10,000 name petition.

ALL WELCOME

It’s our NHS and it’s not for sale!!!!!

In light of the recent media campaign launched by Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health, which was basically a vitriolic attack on junior doctors, it comes as no surprise that the CCG and SSOTP believe that they can ride roughshod over the concerns and skepticism of the people.

When you have the person responsible for health policy running a campaign of dark propaganda against the people who keep the NHS alive, be they doctors, nurses, surgeons, therapists, technical staff or cleaners, it gives the green light to people like Warnes, Poyner and the rest of the privatisation hit squad to simply ignore public opinion and drive through the so-called ‘service improvements’, which in reality we all know are obstacle clearing programmes, to smooth the way for the private health sector and force upon the population the much vaunted ‘American System.’ In a country of 250 million, 46 million cannot afford basic healthcare, the legal definition of which is,’Access to a GP and emergency medical treatment.’

That’s the future of healthcare in this country, if we allow Longton Cottage to become yet another statistic in the erosion of public services. People will suffer needlessly, they will become more ill as a result and yes, people will die.

And for what, so that a select group can get richer? Longton Cottage isn’t just a local issue. It’s a chance to take a stand and tell the thieves in their ivory towers to back off. It’s our NHS, it’s not for sale!!!!!”

By John Morrey – TUSC candidate for Meir South in last May’s council elections

10,000 SAY NO TO CLOSURE OF OUR BEDS!

TELL HEALTH BOSSES WHAT YOU THINK!

Join the protest at Longton Fire Station 8.30am Wed 14 OCT

Health Bosses need to wake up!

See the problem!! Marcus Warnes & CCGs need to realise the number of hospital beds available are not a cause of problems. No professional simply fills a bed!!….. or keeps someone in a bed without reason.

THE FACTS PURE AND SIMPLE ARE THAT HOSPITALS PICK UP THE PIECES WHEN HOME CARE/COMMUNITY CARE FAILS.

No one presents at hospital if they have alternatives. To roll out community bed closures such as those at Longton Cottage Hospital in the present climate is at best naive… at worst going to make the crisis in the NHS so dire that politicians will proclaim the service cannot be sustained.

The victims? Each and everyone of us who have spent their working lives contributing to our NHS. Community bed closures are an easy target, the money saved/diverted from them to community care a drop in the ocean!! Don’t remove the safety net until you’re sure a fall won’t result. When Royal Stoke is gridlocked it will put everyone in danger……Think! speak out”

Irene Sutton – Senior NHS nurse

“Tory Health Minister attended a ‘scrap the NHS’ conference that backs US-style system”

Checkout this report from the Daily Mirror ……………

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tory-health-minister-attended-scrap-6600344

This is not ‘news’ – it’s further confirmation of the drive to dismantle and  privatise our NHS!

Local Health Bosses’ plans to close Longton Cottage Hospital followed by other local hospital’s is part of this plan.  These are the same Health Bosses who are also pushing the privatisation of cancer care and end-of-life treatment across the whole of Staffordshire – worth £1.2 billion to private companies! 

FIGHT TO DEFEND OUR NHS FROM BIG BUSINESS VULTURES!

10,000 SAY NO TO CLOSURE OF OUR BEDS!

TELL HEALTH BOSSES WHAT YOU THINK!

Join the protest at Longton Fire Station 8.30am Wed 14 OCT

AND COME ALONG LATER TO OUR

Fight to stop the closure of Longton Cottage Hospital

PUBLIC MEETING

AT THE ST.ALBAN’S COMMUNITY CENTRE, FINSTOCK ROAD, BLURTON at 7.30pm

ALL WELCOME

 

10,000 DEMAND FACTS & FIGURES FROM HEALTH BOSSES!

Local Health Bosses have conceded, based on their own ‘survey’, that there needs to be a number of key things in place for their “MY CARE MY WAY – HOME FIRST” plan to work. 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 now publicly which show

  1. the number of people who currently need ‘community services’

  2. how many health workers currently support their needs

  3. details of what that ‘support’ entails. EG How much time care workers have for each community visit?

  4. how many more people will be needed to deliver ‘support’ if your new model is implemented

  5. Bearing in mind there is already a shortage of community workers where will these extra ones come from?

  6. Will these workers be properly trained and employed directly on trade union rates of pay and conditions or will they be from agencies?

B) “Reassure the public about the future of community hospitals” The only way that the ‘public’ could be ‘reassured’ about the future of our community hospitals 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 these 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 in Stoke-on-Trent where patients at home are being told to phone a number if they need help. Is this what is meant by ‘followed up’? CCG’s need to give specific details of what is meant here. For example, how often will patients be ‘followed up’, by whom and 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 in the process of 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?

For local Health Bosses to carry out any sort of meaningful consultation our questions need to be answered. We demand, in the name of 10,000 local people who are backing the SAVE LONGTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL campaign that these answers are provided now.

SAVE LONGTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL DEMAND ANSWERS FROM HEALTH BOSSES!

SLCH July 2015 march 015

Marching to defend Longton Cottage Hospital

On Monday 28 September around seventy local people turned up for the second of our public consultation meetings in Florence Social & Sports Club – just a stone’s throw from Longton Cottage hospital.

Many were angry that local Health Bosses who have already closed the hospital’s beds did not accept our invite to attend this meeting.

This is clearly a snub to the nearly 10,000 people who have signed our petitions against their plans. They claim to have launched their ‘formal consultation’ on 14 September but refuse to turn up to explain their case to local people who demand the right to be heard.

In a letter to SAVE LONGTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL they say, “We are afraid that on this occasion we will be unable to attend”. In response we told them,

We find it difficult to understand or accept that your CCG’s cannot find a representative to send to our next public meeting taking place just a stone’s throw from Longton Cottage Hospital. This is particularly the case when you consider that the total number of Board members that sit on your two respective CCG’s is twenty five people. Are you seriously suggesting that you cannot find one or two Board members who are capable of putting the case for the changes that you are proposing to make?“

The reality is that these Health Bosses know, and we know, that they cannot justify on medical grounds what they are attempting to railroad through – the dismantling of our local hospitals to ‘save’ money. They proved this at the first of our real consultation meeting in Longton when they were not able to give facts and figures to support their plans.

The three key Health Bosses who are driving forward their plans are Marcus Warnes, Stuart Poynor and Andrew Bartlam. The CCG’s which they run are the same CCG’s that are plotting the sell-off of our cancer care and end of life services to private companies.

In a futile attempt to back up what they are saying these Health Bosses have produced a “MY CARE MY WAY – HOME FIRST” document. In it they use the results of a survey that received a measly 261 responses to support their arguments.

This represents just 2.61% of the 10,000 who have said NO to their plans!

And to gain their ‘support’ they still had to commit to a number of ‘caveats’ which we think are unachievable. We reject their claim that adequate health care could be provided in the community by implementing their plans.

WE DEMAND FACT & FIGURES FROM HEALTH BOSSES TO SUPPORT THEIR CASE!

Their ‘caveats’ are listed below. Each one is followed by questions that we demand the 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 now publicly which show

  1. the number of people who currently need ‘community services’

  2. how many health workers currently support their needs

  3. details of what that ‘support’ entails. EG How much time will care workers have for each community visit?

  4. how many more people will be needed to deliver ‘support’ if your new model is implemented

  5. Bearing in mind there is already a shortage of community workers where will these extra ones come from?

  6. Will these workers be properly trained and employed directly on trade union rates of pay and conditions or will they be from agencies?

B) “Reassure the public about the future of community hospitals” The only way that the ‘public’ could be ‘reassured’ about the future of our community hospitals 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 these 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 in Stoke-on-Trent where patients at home are being told to phone a number if they need help. Is this what is meant by ‘followed up’? CCG’s need to give specific details of what is meant here. For example, how often will patients be ‘followed up’, by whom and 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 in the process of 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

HEALTH BOSSES’ ‘CONSULTATION’ BEGINS – THE FIGHT TO SAVE LONGTON COTTAGE CONTINUES!

Local Health bosses have finally announced the ‘details’ of their proposed ‘consultation’ about the future of Longton Cottage Hospital on their websites. You can check it out on the following link ……………
Consultation launched into future of Longton Cottage Hospital
HEALTH bosses in North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are inviting the public to have their say from today as they launch a three-month public consultation into the future of community hospital beds at Longton Cottage Hospital.

  • More importantly, tonight’s meeting of SAVE LONGTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL campaign group, at 7.30pm in OUR BAR, 279 London Rd, Stoke. ST4 5AG, will be planning how we can make sure our message becomes a key part of their ‘consultation’ process.

    – – – ALL WELCOME – – –

‘Shock’ headline in today’s Sentinel – “Beds may not be axed due to lack of carers”!!!

Check out the Sentinel article here …………………..

Finally, local Health Bosses are being forced to grasp what we have been telling them for months! That adequate ‘care in the community’, which is the main feature of their ‘new model’ of care, does not currently exist. And in a climate where the government is trying to force through £22 billion more NHS cuts then it’s extremely unlikely that sufficient funding will be provided.

But how could highly paid Health Bosses have failed to understand this? The fact is that small details like this are of little importance to them. Their remit is to carry out the government’s plans to dismantle and privatise the NHS. Small details like actually delivering the care which they claim will ‘solve the problem’ are of only secondary importance to them.

What is primary is the drive to cut, close or privatise the more profitable parts of OUR NHS.

In the Sentinel article Health Boss Marcus Warnes is credited with saying that there had been general support from the public for what they are doing. What planet does this man inhabit!

He is well aware that 9,000 local people have signed a petition against closing the beds at Longton Cottage Hospital. What evidence does he have to back up his claim that there is ‘general support’? We have asked for this information many times but he refuses to provide it because it does not exist.

In an attack on NHS workers and the excellent care they provide, Marcus Warnes has also called wards ‘warehouses for old people’ because these ‘old people’ have the temerity to ‘languish’ in beds for too long.

Even here Marcus Warnes is found wanting because his ‘solution’ to the problem of ‘languishing in beds’ is to force patients who NEED care out into care in the community which doesn’t exist! In other words, for him it’s a question of replacing what are ‘warehouses’ in his mind with a type of ‘care’ which can justifiably be described in the real world as a ‘wasteland’ – that is, almost no care at all.

And hard working NHS staff and millions of ordinary workers across the country are being forced to stump up over £100,000 a year to pay the wages of this man.

Local Health Bosses like Marcus Warnes will continue to try to impose the plans of the Tory government. That’s what they are paid for.

And SAVE LONTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL campaign group will continue to fight to stop them destroying OUR NHS.

We have invited Marcus Warnes and another two other local enforcers of Tory government plans to close Longton Cottage and other local hospitals to our second real consultation public meetings ………….

Mon 28 September 2015

7pm – Florence Sports & Social, Lightwood Rd, Longton ST3 4JS

We need YOU to come along to tell them what YOU think of their plans to close OUR beds and OUR hospital!

NHS chiefs pocket £166 MILLION in bonuses as Local NHS bosses tell us we ‘can’t afford’ to keep 37 beds open in Longton Cottage!


Check out this report from the Daily Mirror! ……………….

NHS chiefs pocket £166 MILLION in bonuses – while nurses suffer 1% pay cut

AND THESE THREE ARE POCKETING OVER £300,000 A YEAR FOR CLOSING OUR LONGTON COTTGAE BEDS, WARDS AND OTHER LOCAL HOSPITALS!

Stuart Poynor - Chief Executive Officer of Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust

Stuart Poynor – Chief Executive Officer of Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust

Marcus Warnes - Chief Operating Officer of North Staffs CCG
Marcus Warnes – Chief Operating Officer of North Staffs CCG
Andrew Bartlam - Stoke-on-Trent CCG - Clinical Accountable Officer

Andrew Bartlam – Stoke-on-Trent CCG – Clinical Accountable Officer

Health bosses face wrath of Longton people!

SLCH Pic 1st public meeting - part of our consultation

From right to left; Andy Bentley, Irene Sutton, Liat Norris, Andrew Bartlam (just out of shot Marcus Warnes and Stuart Poynor) – click to enlarge

Below are comments made by some of those who were there;

“Around 120 people turned up last night to a great public meeting organised by the Save Longton Cottage Hospital campaign last night. A well attended meeting, full of angry and energised people ready to fight to save their local hospital from the decisions made by unelected CCGs on huge wages. These suits had no answers to the concerns and criticism of ordinary working class people who instinctively link these attacks to wider privatisations.” – Jamie Chatfield who is the local organiser of Youth Fight For Jobs

We had a good turn out and I particularly liked a comment directed towards Marcus Warnes by a member of the public. Marcus was saying the more beds there are the more will be full. A gentleman said, ‘so if all lanes on a motorway are consistently full does it make sense to close a lane!!” – Irene Sutton ex-Senior Staff Nurse at Longton Cottage.

Direct questions were asked of the CCG people. Their response for the most part was a mixture of vague ramblings about ‘research and comparisons’ or the classic ‘I didn’t know that’. Very unsatisfactory” – John Morrey TUSC local election candidate for Meir South

There was loads of anger towards the CCG reps and they deserve it. What amazes me is all the consultations I’ve been to say the exact same bull. Just different people. Was same with the academies and post office. Feels like ground hog day”. Denise Keen Chairman of Norton & Ball Green Community Action Union

I thought the turn out was good. I think it’s made the bosses realise thatt they’ve got a fight on their hands. We wont be rail roaded into these closures. We pay our taxes and NI and want facilities for our loved ones at this end of the city.

I fail to see how these bosses are providing a good service for the population of south Stoke. They are stealing services from under their noses”. Longton Cottage worker

We now need to put even more pressure on them (CCG bosses) as possible because they’re that scared that Poynor had to sneak out the side door to avoid a couple of nurses! And Warnes apologised to me because he exposed himself to be a liar in public” – Kris Caci TUSC candidate in Hollybush & Longton West at last May’s local elections

I would like to know why they are taking beds off the wards already? I couldn’t say anything at last nights meeting as it hadn’t happened, but apparently they are taking them off the site today. I’ve had a text telling me” – NHS worker

Far too much talk of ‘If, when and depending on this or that’ with regard to the ‘New Model of Care’. Clearly little understanding of the particular needs of the people in Stoke-on-Trent. Basically talking a load of crap!” – local resident Denise Ellerman

I chaired the meeting and could sense a real mood of anger from the people attending, who felt passionate about how important LCH is to them. This wasn’t helped by the health bosses inability to answer any questions put to them. This mood will continue, which is why we are planning on organising more of these public meetings in other areas.” – Liat Norris TUSC election candidate for Broadway and Longton East in last May’s council elections

This is the second time that I have publicly asked local health bosses face to face to carry out a real consultation over the future of Longton Cottage by allowing local residents and the Hospital’s staff to have a real say in the decision making process by agreeing to a referendum after both sides have been heard. And this is the second time not one of them responded. Why? They know what the answer would be, a massive vote in favour of keeping it open. And this is why we are not going away. We will fight to the end to save our hospital” – Andy Bentley – Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC) regional organiser.

Why can’t the NHS supply and pay for the qualified nursing staff to run the hospital instead of partially closing it only to have to pay £90,000 a week to re open it to receive the “overspill” from Stoke University Hospital. Also the argument that they want people back in their own homes is nonsensical when there is no community care available.” – Jane Kelsall – Chairman of Norton & Ball Green Community Action Union and North Staffs Pensioners Convention

I think the management of the CCG were left in no doubt regarding the feelings held by many about their decision to close the beds at Longton Cottage Hospital. This is the worst case of predetermination that I’ve ever witnessed.” – Alan Lear local resident from Normacot.

One lady explained that she had been in hospital for two weeks and staff had asked three different community hospitals to take her but Longton Cottage was the only one that would. When she asked why, Stuart Poynor (health boss) said the others must have been full. Well if they were full doesn’t that mean that we need more beds not less?

Marcus Warnes said that Longton Cottage was old and unfit for purpose even though it was refurbished not that long ago.

I was very enthused by the meeting. Everyone was so passionate about the hospital’s closure it was hard for the chairperson to control some times. I feel the CCG’s definitely got the message that we are not going to give up the fight to save Longton Cottage. We will fight until the end.” – Mandy Marfleet, ex-care worker.

The downside is that health chiefs made no attempt to hide the fact that they’re out to shut all community hospitals. That I find disturbing. But on the plus side, it was great that local people feel as passionate as we do about Longton Cottage Hospital.” Ex-Longton Cottage worker now shipped out to another hospital.

The CCG’s turned up thinking their sales pitch would convince the people of Longton it’s the right thing to do and left with a different attitude and their tails between their legs. – Vickie Newbury – ex NHS Nurse

Health bosses included:

  • Marcus Warnes is the Chief Operating Officer at the North Staffs Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

  • Andrew Bartlam is Clinical Accountable Officer at Stoke-on-Trent CCG

  • Stuart Poyner is Chief Executive Officer of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust

Speakers for SAVE LONGTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL WERE;

  • Irene Sutton – Irene Sutton ex-Senior Staff Nurse at Longton Cottage

  • Andy Bentley – Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC) regional organiser.

    JOIN THE FIGHT TO SAVE LONGTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL

    Come along to our Campaign planning meetings any Monday 7.30pm at OUR BAR, 279 London Rd, Stoke ST4 5AG –

    All Welcome

    For more information please

    Email – savelongtoncottage@gmail.com –

    Phone – 07958332822 or 07845893607