NO to consultation scam! – YES to SAVE LONGTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL!

SLCH - outside Moat House consultation meet

Sham consultation inside the Moat House as dozens honk car horns outside to show their support for SAVE LONGTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL

We have argued from day one that the ‘consultation’ being carried out by local Health Bosses is a sham. It has nothing to do with consultation but everything to do with attempting to sell a decision that they have already made.

Their first ‘consultation’ meeting on Friday 23 October in the Moat House Hotel, Etruria confirmed what we have previously said. There were just 23/24 people in attendance which is not surprising when it took place in the daytime in a ‘posh’ hotel in an area that is beyond walking distance for anyone without transport. This means that tens of thousands of people who were working at that time along with thousands of others without transport were in effect ‘locked out’ or ‘priced out’ of this gathering.

Around half of the 24 people present were from the local CCG’s! It felt like they were trying to convince themselves that closure of Longton Cottage Hospital beds is necessary and that their own ‘new model’ of health care in the community will actually work.

Local Health Boss Marcus Warnes was given about 20 minutes to present their case. No time was given to anyone to present an alternative view. We were told by Marcus that this was not a consultation about Longton Cottage Hospital but about their ‘new model’ of community health care.

Only brief questions were allowed. Andy Bentley, representing Save Longton Cottage Hospital, was interrupted by the ‘impartial chair person’ because his question was too long! (See below)

Those at the meeting were then divided up into three different groups for more questions and discussion. Even here it was felt necessary to pack the groups with local CCG employees and others who are being paid to try to sell their plans. In effect, the event was a stage managed marketing exercise to sell their ‘new model of care’.

Compare this with the first consultation meeting organised by SAVE LONGTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL (SLCH) on 17 August in St Gregory’s Church in Longton. An impressive 120 local people attended to hear Health Bosses Marcus Warnes, Stuart Poynor and Andrew Bartlam present their case. Importantly, an equal amount of time was given to Andy Bentley and Irene Sutton to argue why thousands of local people are opposed to their plans. This event attracted local councillors, NHS staff being affected by the closure of LCH beds, other NHS workers, young people, pensioners, trade union reps etc.

After the speakers there was a very lively discussion with anyone allowed to ask questions of any or all of the speakers and importantly to make their own contributions if they wished to. None of the speakers or others were ‘advised’ that only certain issues were relevant.

This led to a more representative view of what support there is or isn’t for the closure of our NHS beds at Longton Cottage, it’s future and the idea that an effective ‘new model of care’ can be achieved in a period where billions of pounds are being taken out of our NHS.

Not one person who attended this event supported the Health Bosses’ closure of beds or that their plan would provide an adequately staffed and funded ‘new model’ of care.

Since that meeting, requests for local Health Bosses to speak at later SLCH public meetings have been turned down or ignored by the CCG’s. Presumably, they much prefer the ‘Moat House model’ of event which they feel they can police and control to suit their own agenda.

These are the reasons why we refer to their ‘consultation’ as a sham. We have previously set out what we think a real consultation would consist of ie – for local people who own the NHS not just to be ‘consulted’ but that they should be part of the decision making process. (see here)

We asked Andy Bentley what he thought of the CCG’s first consultation meeting just after it had finished.

At our first SLCH public consultation meeting and elsewhere Marcus Warnes has rubbished Longton Cottage Hospital as being too old,not fit for purpose and that it needs replacing. He used this false argument to try to justify that we needed a ‘new model’. Now he tells us that Longton Cottage Hospital and the closure of our beds has nothing to do with their ‘new model’ of community care!

But the real reason he doesn’t want to talk about Longton Cottage is that he has met angry opposition to the closure of our community beds which threatens the continued existence of the hospital itself.

He has refused to acknowledge publicly that 10,000 people have signed our petition against what they are doing.

He and other local Health Bosses refused to listen to 200 people who marched against his plans.

He has ignored the views of Stoke-on-Trent city councillors and local trade union leaders.

It’s not surprising therefore that most locals see his ‘consultation’ as a costly scam.

In short, he and other Health Bosses, are being well-paid with tax payers money to dutifully follow the orders of a government that is determined to dismantle and privatise our NHS.

But we are just as determined to fight him all the way to defend Longton Cottage Hospital and our NHS and that is exactly what we will do.

As the Health bosses ‘consultation’ meeting took place inside the Moat House dozens of passing motorists honked their horns in support of our fight to keep Longton Cottage Hospital open”.

Jamie Chatfield told us, “While we all agree that it would be nice for more people to be able to be cared for in their own homes, I have concerns that this new model of care will put more and more pressure on district nurses, who are already under-staffed and overworked.
I also feel like this new model is being put into place to create an excuse to close local hospital beds as part of a wider process of carrying out central government cuts and privatisation of the NHS: these are the same people who want to carry out privatisation of cancer and end-of-life care across Staffordshire!”
  • 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

  • Irene Sutton – ex-Senior Staff Nurse at Longton Cottage, now at Bradwell Hospital

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

  • Jamie Chatfield – TUSC supporter and SAVE LONGTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL campaigner
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CAN WE ‘AFFORD’ TO KEEP LONGTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL? YES WE CAN!

GET RID OF THE GROWING ARMY OF ‘MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS’ INSTEAD!

We are constantly told by well-paid, unelected local Health Bosses that we ‘can’t afford to keep running local hospitals like Longton Cottage’. But this is not true!

Just three of the top bosses of our 2 local CCG’s and Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent NHS Partnership Trust are raking in around £400,000 a year to cut, close or privatise our NHS services

But this is nothing compared to daylight robbery being carried out by ‘management consultants’ leeching of our NHS. Hospital Trusts spending on these ‘experts’ doubled between 2010 and 2014 to a staggering £640 million! – enough to run 3 medium sized hospitals or pay for another 2,000 nurses.

On top of this the cost of hiring temporary staff to cover shortages has gone through the roof. In 2013 the Department of Health published plans to cut the £24 billion bill by 25%. Instead it has GROWN by 25%!

There are now 149 Private Finance Initiative (PFI) hospitals in Britain valued at £12.27 billion. But tax payers through the NHS will pay £70.5 billion for them to construction companies. That is almost a colossal £60 billion that the privateers are leeching off the NHS!

So the next time you hear local Health Bosses saying we can’t afford to keep 37 beds running in Longton Cottage or that we can’t afford to keep Longton Cottage (or other local hospitals) open then you can give them the facts and figures which prove that the only thing they are being ‘economical’ with is the truth. We believe some people call it lying!

BUT WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT?

Firstly, we need to stop paying a fortune to local Health Bosses to destroy our NHS. Secondly, we need to get rid of ‘management consultants’ and allow people who actually work in the NHS to run it. Thirdly, we need to scrap PFI contracts with the debt written off and drive the privateers out of OUR NHS. Fourthly, we need to employ NHS staff on proper contracts with trade union rates of pay in sufficient numbers to run a fully publicly funded NHS.

HEALTH BOSSES IGNORE DEMANDS OF 10,000 LOCAL PEOPLE!

  • 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

Petition with 10,000 names handed over to Health Bosses outside Longton Fire Station

Petition with 10,000 names handed over to Health Bosses outside Longton Fire Station

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 mycaremywayhf@staffordshirecss.nhs.uk

* 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 savelongtoncottage@gmail.com – 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 – letters@atthesentinel.co.uk with a copy to savelongtoncottage@gmail.com or write to The Sentinel, Bethesda St, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3GN

Another part of the 10,000 name hand over outside Longton Fire Station. Pictured with petitions is Chris Caci a supporter of TUSC and Save Longton Cottage Hospital.

Part of the 10,000 name hand over outside Longton Fire Station – Chris Caci a supporter of TUSC and Save Longton Cottage Hospital.

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 ……….

  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 health workers where will these extra ones come from?

  6. 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.

savelongtoncottage@gmail.com                                                http://www.savelongtoncottage.org

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