Be quick to de­fend against NHS cuts

Halifax Courier - - The Gift Of Life -

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

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