The Urgent Care Centre at Centre Middlesex Hospital under the hospital reconfiguration plans for North West London is due to remain and stay open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. With Accident and Emergency services unlikely to remain at Central Middlesex Hospital, it will play an even more important role in servicing the needs of people in Brent. The Urgent Care Centre at Central Middlesex Hospital is currently outsourced to Care UK, who are a private company.
The Guardian reported in April 2012 that 6,000 X-rays in the possession of Care UK from Central Middlesex Hospital had not been processed. It was logged as a serious incident and investigated.
It was revealed at the recent Health Partnerships Overview and Scrutiny meeting that Care UK knew about the unprocessed X-rays for two weeks and only took an urgent course of action once NHS Brent found out and pressed them on this issue. The NHS Brent representative at the meeting said that they were ‘disappointed’ with Care UK’s response. Sadly, a Care UK representative did not attend the meeting.
Furthermore, it was revealed that the contract does not allow NHS Brent to enforce any fines or penalties on Care UK for their misdemeanour. This lesson must be learned and a penalty should be included in the next contract. Alternative providers must also be explored.
I believe the Health Bill is rotten to the core and if the Coalition are serious about making positive reforms, they need to withdraw the current Bill from Parliament and start again with a new Health Bill from scratch.
Cllr Krupesh Hirani June 2011 – LINK
Last summer, hundreds signed a petition in Dudden Hill opposing the Government’s plans to privatise the NHS through the back door.
A petition created by Dr Kailash Chand OBE has reached over 150,000 signatures. You too can add your name to the petition calling for the Government to drop their unpopular healthcare reforms here LINK.
In a latest development, the Government has called a summit to discuss the Health Bill and has left out the British Medical Association, Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Pathologists, Royal College of Radiologists, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Public Health, British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists, College of Emergency Medicine, Unison, Unite on the invitation list.
On the BBC, a representative from the Royal College of GPs said maybe the invitation had been “lost in the post” LINK.
As Health Secretary Andrew Lansley went to attend the meeting, he experienced the following, which is now all over the main news channels.
A bit exaggerated but there are elements of truth in this. Our friends at Unison have produced a video about the Conservative and Lib Dem proposed changes to the NHS.
In the space of two hours, over 300 people signed a petition opposing changes to the NHS coming from the Tory-Liberals.
As part of Labour London Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone’s day of action on the NHS, the Brent Labour Party were talking to people at the Saturday Church End Market in Dudden Hill Ward and many were concerned with the Government changes to our NHS.
The way the Government has gone about these changes has been a total fiasco. It has failed the first test of reform with Doctors, Nurses and other health professionals opposed to Andrew Lansley’s personal pet project manufactured in partnership with Lib Dem Minister Paul Burstow.
I think the Tory Liberals are finally coming round and realising that the change originally proposed was a change that would make Health provision in this country worse, not better and that is why they embarked on a pause and reflect period in their reforms. This is welcome. However, I believe the Health Bill is rotten to the core and if the Coalition are serious about making positive reforms, they need to withdraw the current Bill from Parliament and start again with a new Health Bill from scratch.