Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION - OZMA HAFIZ Save Wy­combe Hos­pi­tal

DEAR Steve,

Ap­prox­i­mately 11 months ago I sent you an im­age of a child at Stoke Man­dev­ille on a makeshift bed made of two chairs put to­gether. The im­age had al­ready been on so­cial me­dia and I had per­mis­sion to share it with you how­ever it was a dif­fi­cult im­age to at­tach.

It is up­set­ting to learn that Stoke Man­dev­ille con­tin­ues to be over­whelmed. In fact there have at times been calls for pa­tients who can go home to do so and come back the next day. What has been done since that im­age was taken to make life easier for staff, pa­tients and their fam­i­lies?

It is dis­tress­ing know­ing that the STP process will mean more hos­pi­tals will be down­grad­ing. Hos­pi­tals like Hud­der­s­field which serves a town/pop­u­la­tion not too dis­sim­i­lar to ours. You can view how busy Hud­der­s­field hos­pi­tal is here: http://www.ex­am­…/re­vealed­hud­der­s­field-ae-pa­tien…

The con­tin­ued down­grade of the busy Hor­ton Gen­eral will in­crease the strain on Ox­ford’s John Rad­cliffe.

More op­er­a­tions at the JR were can­celled to­day: www. ox­ford­mail.c o. uk / …/ 1 5 0 2 2 1 8 8 . HOSPITAL_C RISIS__ Al…/

As more hous­ing is be­ing built, in­clud­ing Ayles­bury’s gar­den vil­lage, the strain on Stoke Man­dev­ille is only set to in­crease. In the last cou­ple of years, we have had fires at both Stoke and Wex­ham. Whilst these were dealt with quickly, they show a big flaw in mass cen­tral­i­sa­tion of ser­vices.

Please speak up for the other hos­pi­tals fac­ing down­grades.

You are aware of the many dif­fi­cul­ties peo­ple face here since Wy­combe lost doc­tor-led births, SCBU and our A&E (with as­so­ci­ated wards/de­part­ments). Clos­ing more de­part­ments/beds when they are over­whelmed and we have a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion is un­ac­cept­able, and dis­tance to ser­vices does make a dif­fer­ence. I have at­tached an im­age show­ing how the UK com­pares with other coun­tries in terms of bed num­bers.

Please en­sure the NHS gets the fund­ing it needs. An ex­am­ple is HS2 money could be spent on the ex­ist­ing net­work and the NHS. (Also did the last bud­get re­ally con­tain tax cuts at a time when there are NHS staff at­tend­ing food banks?!)

Please en­sure the Depart­ment of Health un­der­stands that Wy­combe and sur­rounds needs its own fully func­tion­ing hos­pi­tal here, and that that is re­flected in any A&E re­design/re­fur­bish­ment at Wex­ham Park. Ur­gent ac­tion also needs to be taken to en­sure the re­cruit­ment, re­ten­tion and train­ing of staff.

Please en­sure the NHS has fund­ing so that busy GP surg­eries like Lyn­ton House can be open full time again. Cur­rently the surgery is only open part time due to a lack of money.

Any money ear­marked for so­cial care must be brought for­ward to re­duce the bur­den on the NHS. Bil­lions of pounds worth of cuts in so­cial care have added to the strain. Step down wards like 5B should be re­opened so that peo­ple on the health/so­cial care bor­der­line can be dis­charged when it is safe.

Ad­di­tional fund­ing is needed for pre­ven­tion and ed­u­ca­tion, so that we can see the ben­e­fit later down the line.

Buck­ing­hamshire has re­ceived less fund­ing for some time and is ahead when it comes to hos­pi­tal down­grades/cen­tral­i­sa­tion. Yet we are still ex­pected to make mil­lions of pounds of sav­ings un­der the STP process?

Our last let­ter to the Trea­sury was sadly re­ferred to the Depart­ment of Health. I hope you will be able to take for­ward the points made: https://savewycombe­hos­pi­tal.word-…/an-open­let­ter…/

Ev­i­dence shows that the NHS is the most cost ef­fec­tive, ef­fi­cient health care sys­tem in the world. Yet we spend less of our GDP on health than many EU coun­tries. I’m told that the NHS doesn’t fit every­one’s ide­ol­ogy. If this is the case then it’s OK to look at the ev­i­dence and have an ex­cep­tion.

A sign change to an ur­gent care cen­tre sim­ply isn’t good enough.

If Wy­combe is to have an ur­gent care cen­tre, it should be next door to an A&E depart­ment so that pa­tients can be triaged ac­cord­ingly. I ap­pre­ci­ate that you com­mis­sioned con­sul­tants Dur­row to ad­vise you on Wy­combe hos­pi­tal.

How­ever you must ac­cept that their in­volve­ment in the down­grades of Wy­combe made it un­likely that they would ad­vo­cate the re­turn of full ma­ter­nity and A&E to Wy­combe hos­pi­tal. Their use of ‘ca­su­alty depart­ment’ for what is es­sen­tially a mi­nor in­juries unit showed a se­vere lack of un­der­stand­ing of pub­lic con­cep­tions and needs.

I look for­ward to see­ing you as our MP, truly cham­pion our hos­pi­tal, county, and NHS.

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