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Ways in Which Patients and the Public are Making Themselves Heard 

 

Edward Hain Hospital - Report on "How a Consultation Went Wrong"

 

Dr Peter Levin, a local resident, has written a report Nov 2020 on the consultation on the closure of Edward Hain Hospital in Cornwall - key points quoted below: 

  • This is the story of Edward Hain Community Hospital in the Cornish coastal town of St Ives and the hospital’s role in the local community.
  • The Edward Hain Hospital used to have 12 inpatient beds but because of concerns about evacuating the building in case of fire these were ‘temporarily’ closed to new admissions in February 2016.
  • The story: how a community hospital reached the point of closure
  • What went wrong in the consultation process - including lack of adherence to the Gunning principles

Dr Levin has said "By maladroit framing of the issue, creating a fait accompli, withholding relevant information, ignoring the views of community stakeholders, misinterpreting statistics, using a misconceived ’scoring’ system and giving out mixed messages, the clinical commissioning group behind the closure is antagonizing local people instead of bringing them on board."

 

Read the report here

Dr Levin was a researcher and tutor at the London School of Economics - read more here

 

Dorset Community Hospitals

 

A referral made by Dorset HSC on the basis of "concern that there is no local alternative to the loss of community hospitals given Dorset’s demographic with its ageing population and how that service will be delivered.”   The IRP letter of advice published in 2020 was for the proposals to go ahead, although required local action such as improved engagement.  Read the CHA summary    The CHA continues to support communities and all involved in their community hospitals to have a voice. 

 

Independent Reconfiguration Panel - National Appeals 

  

The CHA is aware of the process of appeals, and is grateful for helpful conversations about the process with the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP).   Communities who have concerns about plans to change/reduce/close community hospital services can make representation to their local NHS and Local Authority.  Very often this is about the way that consultation processes are undertaken as well as the plans for change.  Referral can be made by the Health Scrutiny Committee (HSC) to the Secretary of State if they have concerns. These are assessed by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) which then issues advice.    The IRP has published its annual report  on lessons learnt and its number one critical success factor is about involving all concerned:

"1. Open community and stakeholder involvement from the first stage of considering change."

Consultation guidance from NHS England is provided here

 

 

Care Opinion

"An independent site about your experiences of UK health services, good or bad.  We pass your stories to the right people to make a difference."  Link to site 

  

 

NHS Choices 

"Your health, your choice"    Link to site

 

 

National Voices - Person-Centred Care

National voices is the coalition of health and social care charities in England.   Link to site  National voices provides resources and publications such as"Six Principles for Engaging people and communities"  Read more 

 

  

Facebook - Open Groups

 

Save Hospital Services Honiton Hospital

  

Save Our Hospital Services Devon

 

Matlock Hospitals League of Friends

 

Save Wantage Community Hospital

 

Save our Community Hospitals - Save Bradwell Hospital

 

We Love the NHS - Save Rothbury Cottage Hospital 

 

Save Hinckley Cottage Hospital 

 

Save Maryport Cottage Hospital

 

Save Alston Cottage Hospital

 

Don't Close Hospital Sites - Save Bolsover Hospital 

 

Save Newholme Community Hospital

 

Save Torrington's Irreplaceable Torrington Cottage Hospital 

 

Oxford - Keep Services Public

 

 

 

Websites

 

Save Our Beds - Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury, Dorset

 

 

38 Degrees 

 

Save Cheadle Community Hospital

 

Save Bolsover Hospital

 

Save Ashburton & Buckfastleigh Community Hospital

 

Save Shotley Bridge Community Hospital

 

Save Hinckley Cottage Hospital Leicestershire from being closed down and the land sold!

 

Keep Our Community Beds Open!  South Devon and Torbay

 

 

 

Petitions - UK Government and Parliament

 

Save Bolsover Community Hospital from Closure

 

Stop the Closure of our St Leonards Hospital, Dorset

 

Save Newholme Hospital

 

To Save the 16 remaining hospital beds at Okehampton Hospital

 

 

Care2 Petitions

 

Save our Community Hospitals

 

Save our Local Community Hospital - Withernsea Community Hospital and Minor Injuries Unit

 

Our Lives are Under Threat! Save Alston Cottage Hospital Beds

 

Save Leek Moorlands Hospital! Stop closures of community hospitals.   Over 42,000 signatures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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