Save Our NHS in Kent
Started 7 petitions
There must be full A&E at Canterbury, Ashford AND Thanet!
To the Kent & Medway STP: Give us the choice for full A&E at Canterbury, Ashford AND Thanet hospitals! We want an option for full, specialist A&E at all 3 hospitals in east Kent- we won't pick from the two unsatisfactory options provided... Cutting A&E services could lead to extra pressure on the one major A&E (now called MEC) planned, whether it is sited at Canterbury or Ashford. Longer journey times will put patients at risk. Under current plans, all three hospitals might face a future with no full A&E department. There's no evidence that centralisation brings about better patient outcomes, so why put forward this costly plan at all? The public need an option that covers improvements to the existing sites. The public consultation will take place next year, but the NHS managers at the Kent & Medway STP are asking for feedback on their two options now. Save Our NHS in Kent is against the use of the two options that deliberately divides east Kent residents and encourages locals to fight for services in their own areas only, with the result that everyone loses. We must unite and demand a third option for FULL A&E at all three hospitals - including Canterbury which currently does not provide this service due to cuts made previously. The public can demand that an option where Thanet, Canterbury and Ashford all have excellent, specialist A&E services, and the NHS are legally bound to include it, otherwise their consultation is not a genuine consultation of people's opinions. Similar to the stroke consultation, where Thanet was given no option to choose from, here we are being given no option to have three full A&E units at our main hospitals, or full maternity care. Public consultations are not supposed to narrow down options in this way, and they shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it. Please sign our petition, go along to the listening events and demand a third option in which all three hospitals get a full, equally excellent A&E with specialist care, plus a midwife-led AND consultant-led maternity departments. Remember to follow us on www.facebook.com/ saveournhskent to find out the latest about NHS changes in Kent.
STOP CUTS AT AYLESHAM SURGERY
AYLESHAM SURGERY is suffering from CUTS and service reductions. A successful daily 'WALK-IN' surgery where everyone could be seen is to be an "appointment only" surgery. There are fewer DOCTORS employed in Aylesham now than three years ago, and the population is set to DOUBLE with the new-builds soon to reach 1200 completions. There is no DENTIST in the village, and NHS Dentists are hard to find in local towns. STOP the reductions in services. START investing in better provision for Aylesham and the surrounding villages. WE don't blame the local surgery - it is GOVERNMENT cutbacks that are to blame.
SAVE OUR STROKE SERVICE AT QEQM - NO CUTS, NO CLOSURES
The EXCELLENT STROKE UNIT at Margate QEQM Hospital is recommended for closure. Findings from a recent public consultation by NHS managers have been ignored. THANET and east coast STROKE PATIENTS will have to travel the FORTY miles to ASHFORD William Harvey Hospital. AMBULANCES in coastal areas, including Thanet, Whitstable and Deal, take more than half an hour to arrive with patients and at least another HOUR to reach Ashford. This goes against the FAST recommendation. We believe it is WRONG will lead to worse OUTCOMES for patients, leading to increased DISABILITY and a greater chance of DEATH from a stroke. WE call on this proposal to be scrapped. QEQM needs a Hyper Acute Stroke Unit. East Kent needs three excellent hospitals to serve the health needs of the community.SIGN OUR PETITION TODAY
Craig Mackinlay must raise the QEQM stroke issue in Parliament
Craig Mackinlay must raise the QEQM stroke issue in parliament South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay has today refused to stand up and object to the closure of QEQM hospital's stroke unit in Parliament. Mr Mackinlay assures us that he is 'fighting for the QEQM', but he still sticks by the arguments of the STP (the group of top tier NHS executives who want to push the plan through), refuses to raise the matter in Parliament or openly oppose the plans. Instead, he prefers to wait until the joint committee vote the plan through. He intends to stand by and take no action until after the vote, at which point there will be no channel by which the plans can be opposed, and the plans will go ahead. The only option left open to us at that time will be an expensive and difficult legal case. As our MP, we ask him, what is the point of having a public platform and a position if influence if you are unwilling to use it when a matter of such grave significance comes along? We the undersigned demand that Mr Mackinlay raise the vehement objections of those in his constituency to this plan in parliament as soon as possible.
Delay the A&E Consultation on Cuts and Closures
We the undersigned demand that Kent & Medway STP delay the A&E (Emergency and Acute Services) Review consultation until 2019 at the earliest and until both the the GP surgery engagement process and Stroke Review processes are completed. It is intolerable to expect the public in Kent and Medway to take on a further consultation at this time. There is so much information to digest for just one consultation; three should not take place at the same time or overlap. To properly respond, patients and the public need to undertake a lot of reading and investigating. As the stroke consultation isn't complete yet, and the GP surgery 'engagement' is also happening in Thanet, we demand that the public are given the opportunity to allow the current information to be absorbed and think a while longer about the repercussions of the two significant proposals before embarking on a third.
Ramsgate Must Be Consulted on Proposed Stroke Service Closure.
We call on the Thanet CCG and Kent & Medway NHS Stroke Services Consultation Team to organise a consultation meeting in a suitably large venue in Ramsgate, outside normal working hours - evening or weekend. The voice of Ramsgate residents must be heard. Address: Stroke Services Consultation Team Kent and Medway Sustainability & Transformation Partnership Magnitude House, New Hythe Lane, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 6WT
SAVE OUR STROKE SERVICE AT QEQM MARGATE HOSPITAL
SAVE OUR STROKE SERVICES PETITIONNHS managers in Kent and Medway plan to remove specialist stroke services at MARGATE and CANTERBURY HOSPITALS, centralising them in a Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) at Ashford. Doctors advise that the faster a patient reaches a specialist unit, the more likely they are to survive and avoid disability. AMBULANCES in coastal areas, including Thanet, Whitstable and Deal, take more than half an hour to arrive with patients and at least another hour to reach Ashford. There is a direct link between poverty and the likelihood of stroke. More than 50,000 people in the most deprived parts of Thanet risk dying 18 years earlier than people living in the more affluent parts of Kent and Medway. The risk of premature death would be multiplied by moving life-saving services to Ashford. We, the undersigned, demand that Kent and Medway STP introduces a Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) at QEQM Hospital, Thanet, on the grounds of chronic local need and the statutory duty of clinical commissioners to reduce health inequalities.