Wednesday, 3 March 2010

The end is nigh - will our NHS survive?!

I have heard disturbing news that the urgent dental care provision in Redbridge is due to relocate out of the Borough. Under recent proposals from the Primary Care Trust it would seem that local dentists will no longer be funded to provide out of hours service, visits to homes (for elderly and vulnerable patients) or emergency visits to our hospitals.

If the Primary Care Trust are successful, Redbridge patients will have to travel ignominiously to Whitechapel to receive a service in what our PCT term a specialist centre. Strangely enough, it is not a quality issue that has resulted in this change - yet the Redbridge PCT still believe they are "rationalising" our service provision.
I have been invited to the next Redbridge & Waltham Forest - Barking and Havering Local Dental Committee meeting on the 8th of March. In attendance will be representatives from the 4 Local PCT's. I will voice my objections to the new proposals and state my preference the more favourable status quo.
We may be fighting "tooth and nail" for the retention of any NHS services if their attritional reductions continue! Our existing government and the NHS fat cats have got people's needs and desires all wrong and we must keep galvanising our community against the destruction of our nation and it's history of protecting it's people.

It would be great to obtain resident views on this diabolical proposal...?


  1. You have described particularly the situation regarding dentistry, and say that we may be fighting "tooth and nail". Does that mean that chiropody is under threat too?

  2. We must get to the root of the problem!

  3. We cannot just "gargle" these concerns away in such whimsical fashion. If I have touched a "sore nerve" let me apologise. We should not "cap" our NHS campaign by focusing narrowley on the loss of A&E facilities when Maternity and Urgent dental care services are also threatened. Let none of us seek a "crown" but let us work together united against any potential demise to existing services. Regarding the Chiropody concern I cannot confirm anything regarding any loss to these facilities. However, please forgive any exhibited "foot and mouth" syndrome!

  4. I recently followed a bus on the rear of which was a large advert for a NHS phone line where you could obtain contact details of NHS Dentists in the local area.

    Is this a case of left not knowing what right hand is doing? - Advertising a service that will then be withdrawn?

    These types of statements are coming out of the local NHS at present without any case being made - on the presumption that all fair minded people already know the thinking behind the proposal and therefore no fair minded person could possibly object!


  5. The Health for North East London document is a document full of statements some of which are simply unbelievable,some outright untruths,and many simply spin.
    here are some examples

    The first thing is on P4 "North East London - a whole system approach" except in small type at the bottom "this review does not specifically address mental health services", and now we know dental services. What happened to a whole system approach - FAILED

    on P.6 "We want patients arriving at Urgent Care Services or A & E to be assessed by a senior doctor in LESS THAN AN HOUR (My Capitals)

    Those who have been to Queens or Whipps Cross would be entitled to think that this was written by those in need of the missing Mental Health services.

    P14 "6 Maternity units in N.E London is not a feasible option"
    and on P15 "Birth rates are some of the highest in UK" -their arguments defy their own logic!

    P16 "Some services are not good enough"
    I have to congratulate the author for his/her
    disregard of the obvious, out of 72 categories
    only 4 are better than other trusts in England.
    Homerton, Overall Quality Mark and Use of Resources and Barts Mortality Ratio,none of which relate directly to illness.

    P22 "Moving King Geoge would for most people add 4 minutes to ambulance times and 11 minutes for private vehicles"
    I am not even prepared to comment on this ridiculous outright lie.

    P27 "We estimate that moving A & E Critical Care and Maternity Services from King George to Newham,Queensand Whipps Cross will save some £21 million money that could be invested in improving other services"
    Whilst the Trust has a £75million deficit the likelihood of this exactly zero, and this saving, depriving us of reasonably local services
    is unlikely ever to be used for this purpose.

    Now we come to the real reason

    Currently A&Es typically serve an area of under 250,000 people, but NHS organisations are pressing ahead with plans to close down A&Es, saying that they have been instructed to by the Department of Health. If A&Es are forced to serve 450,000 people,(as we are being asked to do) this would mean cuts of 17 departments in London. The plans also fly in the face of recommendations by clinicians.
    there is no clinical reason, only that of finance.