MPS must act over threat to hospital
Martin Roche was right in demanding action from our MPS over the threat to their constituents by the catastrophic probability of Kent and Canterbury Hospital (K&C) being closed.
It’s blindingly obvious travel and wait times (Ashford and Margate) already at unacceptable levels will get worse given clueless building targets along the routes for which no allowance for infrastructure improvements are planned. Heaven help anyone who does not own a car or, more importantly requires emergency treatment. Has anyone from the trust forecast the effect on mortality rates?
Messrs Whately and Brazier must serve notice on the government that their 16-seat majority will be under threat if the government fails to take action to keep K&C open as a full service hospital. Funds can readily be found from the £12bn international development ‘slush’ fund (eg India says it has no need for their £150m slice). And then there is the improvements spend on making prisons equate with 4-star hotel standards.
They should also serve notice on the Trust telling them to get on with managing to ensure they meet their mission objectives, two of which read “People feel cared for as individuals” and “People feel confident we are making a difference”. That’s what they are being (well) paid to do.
Flippant this may sound but the desperate plight of K&C requires urgent government action. It is down to our MPS to see that happens. Thanks to Ken Rogers and his Chek colleagues for the sterling work they are doing to try and bring some sanity to this unfolding disaster. Malachi Doyle South Road, Faversham
May I ask the East Kent NHS trust the following: What part do the clinical commissioning groups play in the current predicament with K&C and why have they allowed the situation to arise?
What is the trust doing to return the K&C to the an acute teaching hospital?
Why have some services been moved from the K&C without any consultation and what consultation is being carried out if these acute services have to be moved temporarily? How many vacancies for consultants are there in the trust? Is it true that consultants have applied, been accepted and then the posts withdrawn?
Is it true that other applicants have been told K&C is no longer recruiting? Would the directors be liable to court action if someone dies due to longer journey times?
Why does the Trust appear to think that saving money is more important than saving lives? Please tell us honestly what the plans are for the K&C. Ken Rogers Concern for Healthcare in East Kent (Chek)
Further to last week’s news item reporting my concern over minor injuries closures at K&C, some more explanation may be helpful.
The essential concern is that the minor injuries or urgent care centre at Canterbury might be closed simply because of the inadequate supervision and training available to the junior doctors staffing it.
However, patients and their needs are the reason for a hospital. The point of a hospital and of having it where it is, is to treat patients. It is wrong and even dangerous to make plans for thousands, if not tens of thousands, of people needing Rising beautifully out of the earth with Canterbury Cathedral in the background, this lone daffodil signals the onset of spring and the season of rejuvenation.this picture was taken by Simon Pettman of Market Way while he was on the Kingsmead Field on Sunday.
the facilities at K&C to lose them because of inadequacies in its junior doctors’ training. The junior doctors can go and train elsewhere, get what they need elsewhere; the patients cannot.
The right thing to do is not to take away the service but to make local training and supervision adequate. It is vital to create funding for any supervisors and trainers necessary to make it all work. Paul Dawson-bowling Court Street, Faversham
If the consultancy training of junior doctors at K&C is inadequate the answer is fund and improve the training, not begin the process of closing departments.
Canterbury is a growing, thriving city with three universities; there are many proposed housing and infrastructure developments etc., so shrinking the K&C is short and long sighted idiocy. I wonder if developers are lurking in the wings waiting to pounce on K&C land. QEQM and William Harvey are both difficult to reach by public transport and each a good 30-40 minutes away by car.
I would like to see MP Brazier get off his lobby fodder backside and earn his living for a change. Now he’s knighted he can surely risk standing up to be counted and speak out against this scaling back, but alas I’m dreaming. Andy Ashenhurst BSC (Hons) MA Victoria Row, Canterbury
The K&C will be ‘gutted’ by the imminent removal of 42 junior doctors. For the health trust to announce that it will affect only 50 patients out of 900 each day is disingenuous.
Has ‘fake news’ arrived in east Kent? One third of the local population, some 200,000 folk, will be affected by the reduced access to acute medical services. Jim Appleyard Blean
So more than 40 junior doctors and some nurses are to be moved from the K&C to Ashford and Margate, supposedly temporarily, as there aren’t enough consultants to supervise them.
Given that there have been rumours of either downgrading or even closing this hospital for some time, has the NHS deliberately not appointed consultants? Or is it that consultants are reluctant to
work there in case they’re soon to be out of a job if something happens? Planning blight – jobs blight.
If patients have to travel for miles for treatment is this fair, given that many of them will be old and/or frail? If they are pensioners or on sick benefit how will they pay for the train fares or petrol? Also the time – for those at work a morning off work for a hospital appointment becomes a day off.
The NHS is run for its own convenience, not the convenience of its patients, although the doctors and nurses at Canterbury will have to travel further to work.
If the hospital were to close the site would make a killing for property developers, as will Maidstone Barracks when it closes. The government wouldn’t have the foresight to keep the land for council housing, where there is a greatest need, but would prefer a quick profit. Marc Hurstfield Snelling Avenue, Northfleet
Canterbury Cathedral, being the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England and the worldwide Anglican faith, must surely put Canterbury at greater risk of attack from terrorists than many other towns or cities.
Although horrific enough, armed police dealt with the Westminster crisis in minutes, if not seconds. Additionally, doctors from nearby St Thomas’s hospital were quickly on-hand to treat victims on Westminster bridge.
If such an incident, were to happen locally, how long would it take to neutralise such an attack and to provide life-saving medical assistance?
I have no idea how quickly an armed police response would take, but I do know that the changes being implemented at the K&C, mean the nearest medical support of any substance is 20 miles away.
Surely, in the light of this event, health authorities and government must urgently rethink and reverse their current planning, then build a substantial new medical presence with full accident and emergency facilities at Canterbury. Charlie Horne Out Elmstead Lane, Barham