Monday, October 05, 2009

3 Years On

It is 3 years tomorrow when we all marched to Save Hinchingbrooke Hospital and I fear
that we will be doing the same again.
This time it will be to stop the Franchise and ultimately Privatisation of
Hinchingbrooke Hospital..........
Our local MP is for the Franchise although he claims that the process should be carried
through, however that is a sit on the fence approach, rather than a this is where I stand
His party has pledged to offer "free" social care if you pay one of their pals in city, £8000 "up
front guv" so you can have heathcare in your old age..... WHAT..... that is akin to NHS Cambs
Option 2........ you can have care........perhaps, possibly, maybe or then as Option 2 maybe NOT....

The main issue with the 2 old firm parties is that they love to collect statistics (this was started by
the Thatcher government and carried on since by Blair and Brown) as a means to "bash" the other
party with figures, now the Lib Dems want to stop this pathetic data collection scenario and
with the £50m per year saving invest in Healthcare..... which would you choose?.......

Lets fight to keep Hinchingbrooke in the Public Sector and not allow it to be sucked into
the Private sector by stealth........

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tory MPs back expansion of private sector role in NHS - read here -

So this would mean 8 of the 40 member Stakeholder on the Panel are in agreement before
the process is underway
- shame on you - You came out to support
the Save Campaign as it suited your purpose at that time
Now is the time to do it again, revisit your principals and
not the party line.......

and support Local People NOT National or International
Profits instead of Patient Care......

From the Guardian -

The NHS is about care, not markets

Downsizing the workforce is a business response to loss of profit – but it doesn't account for the

NHS goal of universal healthcare

Read Here -

Thursday, September 03, 2009

NHS workforce cuts plan rejected

On the news today NHS workforce reductions have been rejected following a report
by yet another firm of Management Consultants at high cost to the Taxpayer.
McKinsey and Company tell how 37,000 clinical and admin posts can help the
NHS to save £20Bn
Not being one not to have an opinion on this, I have to add that CUTS are
not an option, with the population getting even more elderly and with older
people being accepted for Transplant donors, we need to keep spending
on staff and patients.
One means of saving is to streamline some services to G.P's but that would need
more funding in that area to release Secondary Care providers (hospitals) to
be more efficient.
This is what Option 2 for Hinchingbrooke was suppose to go somewhere to achieve
BUT it was never funded properly and was probably as poor funded as the Care
in The Community for the elderly too, that was given £2.2m token to provide a
service, needless to say, The Campaign said that £22m would be needed to achieve
that plan and we were right, Care in The Community is on it's knees and joint budgets
with the County Council are the order of the day, that together gives the Commissioners,
NHS Cambridgeshire, to fragment the service they provide to the Private sector.

The best way to save NHS resources is to cut the Target culture, reduce the need for
many of the Targets, which have been with us since the Thatcher era as a means for
each Political party to score points against each other, this must stop NOW.
With Targets going then admin and managerial jobs will go, but with some Foundation
Trusts looking to go to 7 day working then those staff could "shift" across to another Trust.
Private Contactor's are not the way forward, recently Sunlight, the Laundry provider for
some local Trusts have been cutting back on the collection of dirty laundry and in one
case bags containing soiled laundry were left on the ground and not in cages, awaiting the hot sunshine which weakens the plastic bags leaving them vulnerable
to be investigated by rodents and other vermin. Again Profit before Patients
and providinga service, this is why Private Companies should be OUT of the NHS.

Privatisation has not worked with the Railways, it is a shambles and recently National Express
decided to pull out of their contact as they couldn't make enough money from the East Coast Main line........

Will Private companies jump ship from the NHS?.... of course they will
The aim of Save Hinchingbrooke Campaign in conjunction with Keep Our NHS Public and
the Hinchingbrooke Staff Unions, is to

Keep Hinchingbrooke in Public Hands, run by
Local People For Local People...........

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Stakeholder Meeting 1

Campaign members will be at today's show meeting to launch the "Franchise" of Hinchingbrooke

Needless to say it will be a P.R exercise at this first meeting,
we will be presenting our Anti Franchise
petition ,which was signed by the people of Huntingdon and surrounding area,
at a later meeting

With the Franchise mechanism meaning that this will be a Transparent and Scrutinised
process then it will be doomed to fail and a waste of taxpayers money and NHS resources...
...a bit like PCTOption 2 for Hinchingbrooke that was put in place in 2007..........
will the instigators please stand up....

All in all the Franchise exercise is a slap in the face and betrayal of the
Hinchingbrooke staff and the Huntingdonshire people....Again........
This is nothing but a political pawn so the Tory's show that they support Private
Healthcare, I am not a supporter of the Tories nor the Labour party nor indeed of
any of the Political parties.
Care UK and the Private Healthcare bodies have already rejected the idea of
the Franchise as the scheme is not flexible enough for them OR in Private Health
Care speak, they wont make enough money.
The Hinchingbrooke deal will mean that the Assets and Staff will remain in the
NHS so that means Private companies Can't cut the staff salaries nor sub contract
parts of the hospital for Private use.......

We wait and see the process begin........and during this time we will have a
General Election.....But which of the parties will be brave enough to stop the process
and who will be brave enough to attend a Save Hinchingbrooke Campaign Public Meeting this space for dates/times
Today is the day

The Stakeholder Committee meets today, the Favoured 40, now with 40 People on the panel how can they make a decision?......

I have been asked by others "How can I join the Panel", that is asked when they see the list of members of the Panel

They haven't even invited me on the Panel, the man who started the campaign to keep Hinchingbrooke from
closing, enough said...........

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sent to me today by e-mail..........

Why 9 MP's?
14 (count them) councillors

And Half a dozen Health Service Senior managers....
Quite obviously NOT a decision making committee then!!!!
40 people, me wonders how often we'll see them all?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Here is the list.....................

Hinchingbrooke Stakeholder Panel – Membership List

1. Dr Andrew Wright, Chair of Hunts Comm (Practice-based GP commissioning
2. Dr Catherine Hubbard, Chair of Medical Advisory Committee, Hinchingbrooke Hospital
3. Mr Hisham Abdel-Rahman Chair of the Local Negotiating Council (LNC),
Hinchingbrooke Hospital
4. Ann Seeds, Chair of Trust Staff Council and RCN representative, Hinchingbrooke
5. Chris Marshall, Trust Staff Council member, Hinchingbrooke Hospital
6. Phil Green (Unison), Regional TU Officer for Hinchingbrooke hospital
7. Tracey Lambert (Unison), representative Full time TU officer for Social Partnership
8. David Monks, Chief Executive, Huntingdonshire District Council (Panel Chair)
9. Cllr Steve Criswell/ Cllr Ian Bates, Huntingdonshire District Council
10. Tim Pilsbury, Chief Executive, Fenland District Council
11. Member of Fenland District Council
12. Greg Harlock, Chief Executive, South Cambridgeshire District Council
13. Cllr Ray Manning, Leader of the Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council
14. John Hill, Chief Executive, East Cambs District Council
15. Member of East Cambs District Council
16. Rod Craig, Executive Director: Community and Adult Services, Cambridgeshire
County Council
17. Member of Cambs County Council
18. Karen Cameron, Town Clerk, Hunts Town Council
19. Member of Hunts Town Council
20. Antoinette Jackson, Chief Executive, Cambridge City Council
21. Member of Cambridge City Council
22. Ian Dewer, County Executive Officer, Cambs and Peterborough Association of Local
23. Alistair Burt MP – North East Beds
24. Jonathan Djanogly MP – Hunts
25. Malcolm Moss MP – North East Cambs
26. Shailesh Vara MP – North West Cambs
27. Andrew Lansley MP – South Cambs, Shadow Secretary of State for Health
28. James Paice MP – South East Cambs
29. Sir David Howarth MP - Cambridge
30. Patrick Hall MP – Bedford
31. Nadine Dorries MP – mid-Beds
32. June Griffiths, Chair, Friends of Hinchingbrooke Hospital
33. Patrick, Chair of Huntingdon Community Group
34. Mrs Ruth Clapham Cambridgeshire LINk representative contact for Hinchingbrooke
35. Jessica Bawden, Director of Communications, NHS Cambridgeshire
36. Tom Dutton, Assistant Director Strategy and Delivery, NHS Cambridgeshire
37. Andrew MacPherson, Director of Strategic Projects, NHS East of England
38. Mark Millar, Chief Executive, Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust
39. Anita Pisani, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Change,
Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust
40. Julie Farrow, Chief Executive, Hunts Forum
Well done Hinchingbrooke....... but why did you need to help ?

My mother takes a Cancer drug and up to recently has had no problems in obtaining this via prescription
from the pharmacies in Huntingdon.
2 months ago, matters got so that one pharmacy could not get her required medication, so she went
elsewhere and then the drug was unobtainable there too, so she tried another and was informed that
"we can't get this anymore, go back to your G.P.........
So she did and the result ended where the prescription was raised and dispensed at Hinchingbrooke
hospital, so a big thank you to all at Woodlands and Pharmacy.

BUT......... WHY and WHO is responsible for the medication being unavailable at local pharmacies......

Is it the PCT or Drug Companies...........?

My mothers drug is expensive so perhaps it is the PCT saying NO.............OR
Could ot be the Drugs companies, refusing to supply branded drugs in small quantities to
pharmacies on the back of the "Generic Drugs" policy of the PCT.........

I will be writing to the PCT to get their feedback on this issue..............

Today...........26th August 2009...........My Father was also told a drug he takes for his Eyes is
unavailable, same scenario as my mother, he is now awaiting a call from his very helpful G.P


Friday, August 21, 2009

Who is on the "Stakeholder Panel"?

I have been asked this by many members of the public who have called me to find out the answer to the

So will the Stakeholder Panel members.......Please Stand Up and identify themselves........!!!!!

I have not been invited to a member of the as the leader of the Campaign which stopped the closure
of Hinchingbrooke Hospital & opposed to the Ill Fated Option 2 (started but clearly proved not workable or
sustainable).......... my input in the process is not welcome

Thursday, August 20, 2009

From The BBC Website

"Before the process starts, an independently-chaired Stakeholder Panel is being set up to represent the interests of local people and Hinchingbrooke Hospital staff at every stage"

We Have Never Been Away

Well the Campaign has not stopped, we have been busy, waiting in the wings for the Franchise process to be

We are now on Twitter to so follow us -

We also have an Anti Franchise Petition which was signed by the people of Huntingdon to deliver to the Panel, with
a copy to No 10.....

There will be Public Meetings, where Panel members and M.P's as well as other speakers will be invited to
attend and these will be of the "Question Time" format.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

New revelation.....

"Shadow business secretary Jonathan Djanogly's £5,000 claim for a set of automatic gates to his home" was published today by the Telegraph, now under the rules there has been no wrong doing, it has to be argued that are/were the rules right?......And should these people be given the right to be M.P's?

Use your vote on June 4th..... Vote the sitting MEP's and blood and new support for the NHS and the Campaign...