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Monday, 2 June 2014

Is the BSBV back in another form?

The NHS has announced a new five year healthcare strategy for services in SW London.

It follows the scrapping of the controversial Better Services Better Value (BSBV) review.

The aim of the new review is to cut health care costs and improve the quality of care at our hospitals.

A draft of the new programme, The South West London Collaborative Commissioning, was published this morning by Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Groups.

It will be discussed for approval at a number of public meetings over the next few weeks.

Statement from the Keep Our St Helier Hospital Campaign

The threat to South West London hospitals, including St Helier Hospital, has not gone away despite the Epsom-St Helier Chief Executive, Chrisha Alagaratnam and Merton Conservative councillor Oonagh Moulton insisting otherwise during the election campaign. A&E departments and children’s services are under particular threat, say Keep Our St Helier Hospital (KOSHH) campaigners.

South West London Collaborative Commissioning (SWLCC) released a five-year strategy document on behalf of Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and it contains some alarming reading.

The strategy document cites a £210m funding gap and £126m worth of savings coming from acute services - that means A&E departments,” says KOSHH campaigner, Georgia Lewis. “How can this be done without making significant cuts? ‘Consolidating services’ is the rhetoric - it just means fewer A&E departments. It has happened at Hammersmith Hospital and it can happen here too.

KOSHH campaigners are also concerned about the lack of transparency by all CCGs in regard to the meeting timings and the short notice for the forthcoming meetings. Croydon and Kingston are both meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1pm while Richmond meets tomorrow at 12.30pm.

"We’d love to see as many members of the public as possible attend CCG meetings so they can ask hard questions and hold CCGs to account but the meetings are always held during the daytime on weekdays,” says KOSHH campaigner, Dave Ash. “The meetings are poorly publicised and they are impossible for many working people to attend.There is no way that those who can make it to meetings that start at 9am on a weekday will be representative of the wider community,” says Mr Ash. “As a parent, I want to ask some hard questions about the future of children’s services but I can’t do this as I have to go to work."

The strategy document is 290 pages long, it was launched just after the election and the meeting timings are inconvenient - it’s almost as if the CCGs don’t want the public to engage on this very serious issue, says Ms Lewis.

“Surrey Downs CCG is holding a public meeting at 7.30pm next Tuesday - if they can do that, why can’t other CCGs follow suit?"
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:12 pm  

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