Be quick to defend against NHS cuts
Before the Calderdale Royal Hospital changes beyond recognition we wish to thank the following who were all involved caring for our father who was terminally ill: Dr Thomas and all staff (Ward 5c), staff team at 2b/c; A&E staff, Drs Taylor (chest) and Rashid (cardiology), Teresa and colleagues (occupational therapy), Christine Thompson (Macmillans) - all RCH; Dr Turner and St James’s staff, Jemima Bowling (CMBC), NHS Equipment Service and staff, Nicky Byrne and team (Macmillan rehab), Jackie Hemingway, Donna Mellor, Nicola Ayscough, Linsey Midgley and Krista Mc Calman (Local Care Services Ltd), district nurses (Frank Swire Centre), out-of-hours GPs, Gillian and Abby (palliative care) and WY paramedics. But he was admitted to A&E against our wishes and instinct; we had hoped by caring for him at home with only minimal help we would be able to distance ourselves from ultimately wasteful, ineffective but expensive NHS medical interventions and resources, in a familiar environment. Keogh’s report will not curtail aggressive accountability and targets which contributed to our situation. A recent Radio Four programme stated that a very small minority of patients die at home despite majority wishes. Presumably a state-ofthe-art fleet of ambulances will be on order when changes go ahead, for accompanying our father four miles to CRH the paramedic warned us a slow drive was ahead as the ambulance rolled like a ship! Our local Tories, who so dislike “scare tactics”, are not immune from lifethreatening emergencies needing local access: aneurysms, septicemia, asthma attacks etc., and it is acknowledged increasing privatisation makes transition from healthcare to social-care difficult, near unworkable. There’s nothing scarier than more Coalition NHS cuts, privatisation and charges, introduced slowly so as not to alarm the public. The only party who are sincerely defending the abolition of the NHS in England is the National Health Action Party and we need candidates in Calderdale pretty damn quick. tant of all, making sure they preserved the dignity of their patients. How sad that our hospital and others like it is now under threat. It would be a travesty if we were to lose any part of it PFI lease not be renewed. I would like to ask the Trust Executives, and board members to assure us all that this is not what they have in mind, and if not, what exactly do they plan for this large, half empty building, on prime residential land, when its lease comes up?
CALDERDALE ROYAL: Is its future under threat? That is the question asked by several of our correspondents