118 hospital consultants stand up for Echo blood campaign

118 hospital consultants stand up for Echo blood campaign

118 hospital consultants stand up for Echo blood campaign

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MORE than one hundred hospital consultants have thrown their professional weight behind the Echo’s campaign to save our local blood service.

A total of 115 consultants have written an open letter to Jeremy Hunt the Secretary of State for Health - taking the matter to the highest point in Government.

The Echo is campaigning to keep pathology services local to Southend and Basildon and fighting proposals by NHS Midlands and East to move it to Bedford Hospital from April.

The move has been described as madness from across the medical and local community with more than 4,700 signing our e-petition and hundreds more sending in paper petitions.

The medics represent retired and current consultants across many fields and departments including haematologists, microbiologists, surgeons and oncologists.

All signatories are happy to be identified to demonstrate the depth of feeling against the move across all specialities at the hospital .

In their letter the doctors said: “We call for a pause to allow wider consultation and scrutiny of the process.”

The letter has also been sent to local MPs Mark Francois, James Duddridge, David Amess and Rebecca Harris.

All the doctors recognise the need to make savings in the NHS but they believe it has been made purely on financial grounds.

They add: “We believe this move may have serious implications for patient safety. This includes delays to GPs receiving unexpectedly abnormal blood results, and risks of erroneous results due to degradation of blood samples with transport delays.”

It also says how ‘dismayed’ they are at the lack of consultation with health professionals and patients.

Peggy Tomlins, one of the many patients who have backed our campaign, was delighted to hear about the boost to the campaign.

Mrs Tomlins, 63, of Rayleigh Downs Road, Rayleigh was diagnosed with leukaemia after a routine blood test was turned around. Within a few hours she received lifesaving blood transfusions and treatment thanks to the staff at Southend Hospital.

She said: “I’m sure this can only help. I hope this letter and such brilliant support from so many consultants will cause the MPs to get involved and force a rethink.”

Tony Hopper, chairman of the Southend patient group LINK, said: “It’s a crazy situation to suggest moving the service. We have such a good service in Southend as it is. This extra support is welcome news.”

Sign the petition here http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/43260

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7:41am Wed 30 Jan 13

Shoebury_Cyclist says...

Well done gentlemen. That so many consultants are concerned at the risk to patients must carry some weight.

I'm also still very interested to see whether our local MPs are going to put the interests and concerns of their constituents before their party ideology.
Well done gentlemen. That so many consultants are concerned at the risk to patients must carry some weight. I'm also still very interested to see whether our local MPs are going to put the interests and concerns of their constituents before their party ideology. Shoebury_Cyclist
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10:07am Wed 30 Jan 13

SUFC1906 says...

What response has been heard from any of these 4 MPs, Duddridge, Amess, Francois & Harris? Did they sign the petition or are they hiding behind the official Govt policy?
What response has been heard from any of these 4 MPs, Duddridge, Amess, Francois & Harris? Did they sign the petition or are they hiding behind the official Govt policy? SUFC1906
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3:26pm Wed 30 Jan 13

shaun1965 says...

Other directory enquiries are available
Other directory enquiries are available shaun1965
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5:42pm Wed 30 Jan 13

jolllyboy says...

Govt have abdicated this as a 'local' decision.
the govt believes that decisions should be made locally but when residents say they dont want something the powers that be go ahead anyway. this is not democracy. If this goes ahead we will know it isnt democracy. i hope all those that complained about not having an airshow or black bin bags are being just as outspoken about blood testing !
Govt have abdicated this as a 'local' decision. the govt believes that decisions should be made locally but when residents say they dont want something the powers that be go ahead anyway. this is not democracy. If this goes ahead we will know it isnt democracy. i hope all those that complained about not having an airshow or black bin bags are being just as outspoken about blood testing ! jolllyboy
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7:34pm Fri 1 Feb 13

runwellian says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Govt have abdicated this as a 'local' decision.
the govt believes that decisions should be made locally but when residents say they dont want something the powers that be go ahead anyway. this is not democracy. If this goes ahead we will know it isnt democracy. i hope all those that complained about not having an airshow or black bin bags are being just as outspoken about blood testing !
My understanding is that this is what the new CCG's want and our future health care will be based on 'how much we cost the NHS' not what care we really need.

To put this system into place they will need flirts of vehicles and drivers to collect and transport blood samples from a very wide area ... some samples are only viable for short periods of time.

With blood samples go personal information that could be used by undesirables for criminal activity ... dob we really trust the NHS to protect our information ... having worked for the NHS, I don't!

This is a CCG decision so lets not blame the government! I also suspect that when PCT's cease to be, the staff will get redundancy money then be re-employed in the CCG's ... what a nice little earner that must be!

Someone has forgotten heal care and patients, we don't appear to matter any more!
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Govt have abdicated this as a 'local' decision. the govt believes that decisions should be made locally but when residents say they dont want something the powers that be go ahead anyway. this is not democracy. If this goes ahead we will know it isnt democracy. i hope all those that complained about not having an airshow or black bin bags are being just as outspoken about blood testing ![/p][/quote]My understanding is that this is what the new CCG's want and our future health care will be based on 'how much we cost the NHS' not what care we really need. To put this system into place they will need flirts of vehicles and drivers to collect and transport blood samples from a very wide area ... some samples are only viable for short periods of time. With blood samples go personal information that could be used by undesirables for criminal activity ... dob we really trust the NHS to protect our information ... having worked for the NHS, I don't! This is a CCG decision so lets not blame the government! I also suspect that when PCT's cease to be, the staff will get redundancy money then be re-employed in the CCG's ... what a nice little earner that must be! Someone has forgotten heal care and patients, we don't appear to matter any more! runwellian
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