Campaigners deliver Save St Helier petition to NHS chiefs

Campaigners deliver Save St Helier petition to NHS chiefs

Campaigners deliver Save St Helier petition to NHS chiefs

First published in Save St Helier by , Senior Reporter

Campaigners delivered a petition on Thursday signed by 1,500 people opposing NHS cuts.

The members of Keep Our NHS Public (KONP) handed the petition to health chiefs during the annual general meeting of the five NHS primary care trusts in South West London.

Proposals are being made under the Better Services, Better Value (BSBV) review to close the maternity unit, A&E and the children’s ward in St Helier Hospital, Sutton.

KONP members have said the proposals will put increasing pressure on St George's Hospital, Tooting, and will mean poorer services for patients.

In a BSBV report published online Dr Ros Given Wilson, medical director at St George's Hospital, said: "There is a national and local shortage of staff specially trained to care for children and experts including the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health recommend that it is not possible to continue with the same inpatient children's services that we have currently.

"The quality of care for children who need to stay in hospital cannot be maintained on four hospital sites across south west London."

June Hautot, 75, a KONP member who lives in Tooting, made headlines earlier this year when she confronted Andrew Lansley about his proposed NHS reforms.

She said: "Unfortunately, I was right to be concerned. We will continue to alert the public to their devious actions.

"It is exactly what this Government has surreptitiously wanted for many years - to get rid of our precious NHS.

"It is still codswallop and I'm worried that it will get even worse under Jeremy Hunt's leadership."

The campaigners have said they will seek legal advice if the plans go ahead and will ask NHS commissioners to go back to the Government for more resources.

Sister newspapers the Sutton Guardian and Merton Guardian are running campaigns against the proposals to axe services at St Helier.

Their Save St Helier petition collected more than 1,720 signatures.

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2:13pm Sat 15 Sep 12

Michael Pantlin says...

There is some underhand management going on of which some of the public would not approve in the diversion of patients from their usual effective pathway to inpatient treatment.
On Monday 13th August 2012 I was collapsing with an acute febrile neutropenic sepsis event and my LAS code brought a wonderful paramedic response. I was taken as usual to St. Helier A&E where the three doctors and two nurses who helped me were as kind and competent as one could ever wish for.
I was on resus from 2-5am on four drips and oxygen and given heart, blood, urine, and x-ray tests. You couldn't fault it.
It all turned horrible when I was handed over to the new suped-up medics on the much vaunted medical assessment unit. All they wanted to do was get me out the door home. They worked in a super rush and did not take properly into account my previous history of 35 admissions when I was always transferred to my home haematology ward B1 in the hospital's excellent Whitfield Unit which has kept me going for 12 years. The MAU doctor said I could be discharged because my neutrophils were up to 3.7. I told him that could not be because they were only 1.7 and on the way down at the clinic appointment the previous week. A re-test subsequently showed them at 1.0. The non-haematology nurse had great trouble getting the blood which clotted in the tube. I repeated asked them to advise my haematology team I was in the hospital and they ignored me, a breach of hospital protocol. I asked for guidance whether I should take my due bone marrow stimulant injection and answer came there none.
After going through the trauma of the event, all night being worked on in A&E I was told to go for a walk and get a coffee and go home at 6pm. My drips which are normally continued for a few days in haematology were taken down.
I was told despite my infection index being elevated I could go home on tablets. At 6pm the team had gone home and a fresh team came on next morning so it felt like start again. I was so incensed I phone the switchboard from my bed and bleeped my clinical nurse specialist who kindly sent a senior haematologist over to review the case. It seems plain to me that the covert management ploy is to put these hyped up extra assessment teams in to kick patients out ever earlier and block their progress to their usual wards by not telling anyone. If this happens to you stand your ground and tell them you are not going anywhere until you feel well enough. St. Helier Hospital is the jewel in the crown of our local NHS. The new MAU is the fly in the ointment.
There is some underhand management going on of which some of the public would not approve in the diversion of patients from their usual effective pathway to inpatient treatment. On Monday 13th August 2012 I was collapsing with an acute febrile neutropenic sepsis event and my LAS code brought a wonderful paramedic response. I was taken as usual to St. Helier A&E where the three doctors and two nurses who helped me were as kind and competent as one could ever wish for. I was on resus from 2-5am on four drips and oxygen and given heart, blood, urine, and x-ray tests. You couldn't fault it. It all turned horrible when I was handed over to the new suped-up medics on the much vaunted medical assessment unit. All they wanted to do was get me out the door home. They worked in a super rush and did not take properly into account my previous history of 35 admissions when I was always transferred to my home haematology ward B1 in the hospital's excellent Whitfield Unit which has kept me going for 12 years. The MAU doctor said I could be discharged because my neutrophils were up to 3.7. I told him that could not be because they were only 1.7 and on the way down at the clinic appointment the previous week. A re-test subsequently showed them at 1.0. The non-haematology nurse had great trouble getting the blood which clotted in the tube. I repeated asked them to advise my haematology team I was in the hospital and they ignored me, a breach of hospital protocol. I asked for guidance whether I should take my due bone marrow stimulant injection and answer came there none. After going through the trauma of the event, all night being worked on in A&E I was told to go for a walk and get a coffee and go home at 6pm. My drips which are normally continued for a few days in haematology were taken down. I was told despite my infection index being elevated I could go home on tablets. At 6pm the team had gone home and a fresh team came on next morning so it felt like start again. I was so incensed I phone the switchboard from my bed and bleeped my clinical nurse specialist who kindly sent a senior haematologist over to review the case. It seems plain to me that the covert management ploy is to put these hyped up extra assessment teams in to kick patients out ever earlier and block their progress to their usual wards by not telling anyone. If this happens to you stand your ground and tell them you are not going anywhere until you feel well enough. St. Helier Hospital is the jewel in the crown of our local NHS. The new MAU is the fly in the ointment. Michael Pantlin
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10:25am Sun 16 Sep 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Please read the article on
http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/news/article-
2203809/A-E-shutdown
-farce-backlash-begi
ns.html
and consider printing the protest coupon, signing it and sending it to Jeremy Hunt the newly appointed Health Secretary now the Lansley disaster has been ousted. You will see this decimation of A&E Departments is a nationwide strategy causing endless suffering.
Please read the article on http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2203809/A-E-shutdown -farce-backlash-begi ns.html and consider printing the protest coupon, signing it and sending it to Jeremy Hunt the newly appointed Health Secretary now the Lansley disaster has been ousted. You will see this decimation of A&E Departments is a nationwide strategy causing endless suffering. Michael Pantlin
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6:57pm Mon 17 Sep 12

Danny Bhoy says...

There is no paper more anti-NHS than the Daily Mail.

People should be asking themselves why such a virulently anti-NHS rag is running a campaign against these service changes.
There is no paper more anti-NHS than the Daily Mail. People should be asking themselves why such a virulently anti-NHS rag is running a campaign against these service changes. Danny Bhoy
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2:05am Tue 18 Sep 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Danny Bhoy wrote:
There is no paper more anti-NHS than the Daily Mail.

People should be asking themselves why such a virulently anti-NHS rag is running a campaign against these service changes.
Or alternatively asking themselves why NHS Born-Again Converted DB is investing so much effort in fighting against Patients' First, Patients' Choice, wishes to keep their hospital uncut when he professes no personal vested interest or connection with discredited, unpopular and soon to be disbanded BSBV.
[quote][p][bold]Danny Bhoy[/bold] wrote: There is no paper more anti-NHS than the Daily Mail. People should be asking themselves why such a virulently anti-NHS rag is running a campaign against these service changes.[/p][/quote]Or alternatively asking themselves why NHS Born-Again Converted DB is investing so much effort in fighting against Patients' First, Patients' Choice, wishes to keep their hospital uncut when he professes no personal vested interest or connection with discredited, unpopular and soon to be disbanded BSBV. Michael Pantlin
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2:05am Tue 18 Sep 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Danny Bhoy wrote:
There is no paper more anti-NHS than the Daily Mail.

People should be asking themselves why such a virulently anti-NHS rag is running a campaign against these service changes.
Or alternatively asking themselves why NHS Born-Again Converted DB is investing so much effort in fighting against Patients' First, Patients' Choice, wishes to keep their hospital uncut when he professes no personal vested interest or connection with discredited, unpopular and soon to be disbanded BSBV.
[quote][p][bold]Danny Bhoy[/bold] wrote: There is no paper more anti-NHS than the Daily Mail. People should be asking themselves why such a virulently anti-NHS rag is running a campaign against these service changes.[/p][/quote]Or alternatively asking themselves why NHS Born-Again Converted DB is investing so much effort in fighting against Patients' First, Patients' Choice, wishes to keep their hospital uncut when he professes no personal vested interest or connection with discredited, unpopular and soon to be disbanded BSBV. Michael Pantlin
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9:44pm Tue 18 Sep 12

Danny Bhoy says...

I have told you of my interest. Someone I know survived a stroke as a result of changes I had campaigned against. I was wrong then. You are now.

But keep playing the man rather than the ball and alleging vested interests when you're losing the argument. It's all a conspiracy, isn't it? I guess the moon landings were faked too...
I have told you of my interest. Someone I know survived a stroke as a result of changes I had campaigned against. I was wrong then. You are now. But keep playing the man rather than the ball and alleging vested interests when you're losing the argument. It's all a conspiracy, isn't it? I guess the moon landings were faked too... Danny Bhoy
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9:47pm Tue 18 Sep 12

Danny Bhoy says...

I have told you of my interest. Someone I know survived a stroke as a result of changes I had campaigned against. I was wrong then. You are now.

But keep playing the man rather than the ball and alleging vested interests when you're losing the argument. It's all a conspiracy, isn't it? I guess the moon landings were faked too...
I have told you of my interest. Someone I know survived a stroke as a result of changes I had campaigned against. I was wrong then. You are now. But keep playing the man rather than the ball and alleging vested interests when you're losing the argument. It's all a conspiracy, isn't it? I guess the moon landings were faked too... Danny Bhoy
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10:06pm Tue 18 Sep 12

Danny Bhoy says...

Come to think of it, I'm bored of debating this with someone who has clearly read none of the clinical evidence and just spouts ill-informed drivel while trying to bully people who disagree with him or have the audacity to suggest that he actually reads the things he is so critical of.

You, Sir, are both a bore and a bully. Carry on being virtually the only poster on these articles, one of the scattered few turning up at the demos and burying your head in the sand.

I'm going to go back to commenting on proper articles in grown up papers. You continue to make these pages your own totalitarian regime where all dissenters are demonised as part of the organised conspiracy of the rest of the world against you. Good luck "saving" St Helier old bean.
Come to think of it, I'm bored of debating this with someone who has clearly read none of the clinical evidence and just spouts ill-informed drivel while trying to bully people who disagree with him or have the audacity to suggest that he actually reads the things he is so critical of. You, Sir, are both a bore and a bully. Carry on being virtually the only poster on these articles, one of the scattered few turning up at the demos and burying your head in the sand. I'm going to go back to commenting on proper articles in grown up papers. You continue to make these pages your own totalitarian regime where all dissenters are demonised as part of the organised conspiracy of the rest of the world against you. Good luck "saving" St Helier old bean. Danny Bhoy
  • Score: 0

8:48pm Wed 19 Sep 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Toodle pip old fruit.
Toodle pip old fruit. Michael Pantlin
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