Have Your Say on Local NHS

Despite overwhelming opposition from residents, doctors, businessmen and politicians from across Driffield and the Wolds, The East Riding of Yorkshire PCT now look set to finally axe the beds at the town's Alfred Bean Hospital. Latest Comments
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Have Your Say on Local NHS

Post by plook » Fri Jan 15, 2010 11:24 am

[font=Arial]The countdown is on to support new patient rights

Patients and the public have just three weeks left to have their say on potential new rights around NHS services.

‘The NHS Constitution: A consultation on new patient rights’ was launched by the Department of Health back in November. The consultation has potentially far-reaching implications and could, for example, see maximum waiting times and patients’ rights to a NHS health check laid down in law.

The proposals could come into force as early as next year, and would build on the 25 existing rights which patients and the public were given when the NHS Constitution was published in January 2009.

The consultation closes on Friday 5th February 2010, leaving just three weeks for patients, the public and NHS staff to give their views on:

•A legal right to treatment within 18 weeks of GP referral, and being able to see a cancer specialist within 2 weeks of GP referral. Where this is not possible, the NHS should take reasonable steps to offer another provider.
•A legal right to a NHS health check every 5 years for adults aged 40-74. This health check would screen for, and assess a person’s risk of, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.
•Views are also being sought on whether the Department of Health should consider giving patients even more legal rights in the future, for example in relation to NHS dentistry, evening and weekend access to a GP, and choosing to die at home.
The consultation is being supported locally by the area’s two primary care trusts, NHS Hull and NHS East Riding of Yorkshire.

Kath Lavery, Chair of NHS Hull explains:

“The NHS is a much-loved institution; one which we all rely upon to be there when we need it.

“The NHS celebrated its 60th anniversary recently, and the publication of the NHS Constitution in January of this year reflects just how far we have come in terms of designing and delivering services around the needs of our patients.

“For the first time, patients’ rights to choose a GP or to be involved in discussions around their care, for example, were set out in law. Now, this latest consultation is asking people whether extra legal rights should be given in relation to maximum waiting times and NHS health checks.

“In Hull, where we have particularly high rates of diabetes, stroke and heart disease, we know such health ‘MOTs’ are a local priority – the public told us so during our recent ‘We’re All Ears’ listening exercise and we have been working hard ever since to offer preventative heart health checks across the city.

“By responding to the consultation before 5th February, local people could help to turn a local priority into a legal right across the country.”

Karen Knapton, Chairman of NHS East Riding of Yorkshire says:

“This consultation provides a unique opportunity for the people of the East Riding to have their say on what they believe is important to them in terms of the rights and responsibilities that underpin the NHS. For instance the public may want to comment on the proposed legal right to an NHS health check every 5 years for those aged 40 – 74. An example of what is currently happening locally would be the offer of pulse checks to the over 65s as part of our stroke prevention efforts.

“With regards the new legal right proposed for maximum waiting times, we would encourage people to share their views on this issue. Patients’ waiting times for appointments and treatment have reduced significantly over the years. Where nationally, patients were previously waiting up to a year for an outpatient appointment and up to two years for treatment, *97.5% of all patients in the East Riding wait 18 weeks or less from being referred to being treated (in an outpatient setting) and *92.2% wait 18 weeks or less from being referred to being treated as an inpatient. In fact nearly 81% of patients wait 10 weeks from being referred to being treated (in an outpatient setting) and almost 64.3% from being referred to being treated as an inpatient.”

Feedback can either be given directly through the Department of Health website:

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Consultations/L ... /index.htm or via the local PCT websites: www.hullpct.nhs.uk or http://www.eastridingofyorkshire.nhs.uk[/font=Arial)

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Re: Have Your Say on Local NHS

Post by plook » Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:56 am

What is going on at Alfred Bean Hospital? are they closing the minor injury unit or stopping clinics?

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Re: Have Your Say on Local NHS

Post by plook » Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:57 am

What is going on at Alfred Bean Hospital? are they closing the minor injury unit or stopping clinics?

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