A&E cam­paign­ers primed for health sec­re­tary meet­ing

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Front Page - By Gerry War­ren gwar­ren@thek­m­group.co.uk @Ger­ry_war­ren

Hos­pi­tal cam­paign­ers are invit­ing sup­port­ers to join them as they take their fight for the K&C to health sec­re­tary Jeremy Hunt this month.

The Con­ser­va­tive min­is­ter has agreed to meet lead­ers of Con­cern for Health in East Kent (Chek), with a face-to-face ap­point­ment ar­ranged at the Depart­ment of Health at 9.30am on Tues­day, Novem­ber 21.

Cam­paign­ers, led by chair­man Ken Rogers, will be tak­ing a lengthy dossier with them to Lon­don out­lin­ing the is­sues, dat­ing back to 2002, and the ev­i­dence for re­turn­ing ur­gent care to the Kent and Can­ter­bury.

Mr Rogers said: “The sit­u­a­tion at the A&ES in east Kent is still dire, with sto­ries at the week­end of peo­ple on trol­lies still wait­ing five hours to be seen.

“We shall be call­ing on Mr Hunt to es­tab­lish an in­de­pend- ent re­con­fig­u­ra­tion council to look into the sit­u­a­tion in east Kent and the need for three hos­pi­tal sites.”

A&ES at Mar­gate and Ash­ford are said to have come un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure since ur­gent care was re­moved from Can­ter­bury.

The de­ci­sion fol­lowed an or­der by Health Ed­u­ca­tion Eng­land and the Gen­eral Med­i­cal Council to re­move most ju­nior doc­tors from the K&C be­cause there were not enough con­sul­tants to ad­e­quately su­per­vise them.

The East Kent Hos­pi­tals Trust says it has since had some suc­cess in re­cruit­ing more doc­tors to A&E de­part­ments, and wait­ing times are re­duc­ing.

Mr Rogers is invit­ing sup­port­ers to join Chek on the trip to Lon­don.

“We shall put on a 76-seater coach, which will leave from Can­ter­bury but also stop in Faver­sham,” he said. “De­pend­ing on the num­bers, we will put on more coaches. Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing us, should email chek999@bt­in­ter­net.com.”

Health sec­re­tary Jeremy Hunt and Con­cern for Health in East Kent chair­man Ken Rogers

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