Click on the link above to download a copy of our petition.
We have decided to call for a rebate from central Government as it is the spending decisions of George Osborne at the Treasury, which were implemented by Andrew Lansley that led the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospital Trust to be forced into planning and executing savage cuts to services.
At our meeting with Trust CEO Phil Morley in early August, HEY Hospitals set out their vision to move towards a policy of treating people in the community, and to use hospital as a last resort or to treat emergency cases. All the statistics tell us that where patients are in hospital for extended periods that their outcomes are worse. We do not dispute that. Speaking to local patients, the view is re enforced that hospital stays should be in an ideal world elective, and with a managed and safe time plan.
But to cut 300 beds, one fifth of capacity, in one fell swoop with no meaningful extra provision and capacity in the community means that the decisions made in Whitehall are totally reckless.
Danny Marten is facilitating a community led research group that is putting together a document to argue objectively and forensically that the £99 million cuts are simply not sustainable and will, to quote the Neurologists at Hull Royal, see care “critically eroded”.
Our intentions are twofold. Firstly to educate the staff, the patients and the wider community as to what these cuts mean. This is being done by public events such as street stalls, rallies, leafleting, petition gathering and meetings. Our second strand is to produce a document, backed up with petition signatures which we can take to our Parliamentarians. They can then organise a meeting with Mr. Hunt where we will put our case for the rebate.
Please make every effort to attend and publicise the March which takes place from Victoria Square, Hull City Centre at Mid Day on Saturday 22nd September.
DON’T SAY IN THE FUTURE THAT YOU WISHED YOU HAD DONE MORE TO SAVE OUR NHS!
In the words of Danny Marten, “WE ARE ALL NHS PATIENTS. SOME OF US JUST HAVEN’T CHECKED IN YET”.
By Dermot Rathbone.