New system is not better for public

First published in Letters

IN relation to the article regarding the Community Hospital public consultation, (Guardian, January 16), I totally disagree with the proposals.

The new system may well be better for the medics, but not for the general public. All major surgery and treatment is already carried out at Macclesfield or specialised units which are suitably equipped and staffed.

Therefore to transfer all treatment for less serious conditions can only cause very great inconvenience and expense to the prospective users and their families.

In spite of what Margaret Thatcher is reputed to have said, big is not necessarily beautiful.

Knutsford Clinic is a shining example for efficiency, and gives an opportunity for both patients and staff to develop a rapport.

This is virtually impossible in massive hospitals, and leads to a feeling of bewilderment in many elderly patients who, in my experience, are often shunted about from place to place never seeing a familiar face.

Any doctor will tell you that such patients are likely to take longer to recover.

For many people, smaller local hospitals are demonstrably conducive to an early return to health and strength than larger ones which are, as in the case of Macclesfield, some 14 miles away.

The patient is the person to be cared for and the proposed changes will, for most patients and their families, cause more expense, less contentment and I believe in many cases a slower response to treatment.

This will have the likely result of bringing further disenchantment with the NHS.

When all is weighed up, I believe that, in the long run far less money will be needed to adapt the present hospital and thus preserve an excellent facility for the local population. Remember it is the patient and their families who are the priority. Answers to the copy of East Cheshire NHS Trust’s questionnaire are as follows: 1. No. 2. No. 3. Covered fully in the above paragraphs.

ROBERT H QUIN Mobberley Road, Knutsford

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2:43pm Wed 30 Jan 13

PetersRock says...

Mr Quinn, states the case precisely. The NHS is supposed to work 'for the public good'. It must be that way round.

Our current, senior NHS employees seem to think that we only exist, to get in their way - and to listen to their fairy stories.

We need our more simple NHS services, such as the Intermediate Care Tatton Ward and dementia care, to remain within our local area, in full working order, until we agree that any proposed change, will be of benefit to our community. And if such change is agreed, then it must be built, equipped, fully staffed, functional, and open for operation, before our current facilities are closed.

Promising us 'pie in the sky' has done nothing to encourage public trust in any part of the NHS, which is a shame. Desperate family carers have been left with no public transport help for more than two years, by a ‘trust’ witch promised much but has delivered no help at all, leaving elderly confused, ill people isolated from friends and relatives, in distant overcrowded facilities. (Langley Unit/Ward 10 100% full even over the summer – 2012)

I believe that very many hard-working, caring, professional and other staff are also being thoroughly let down, since it is they who bear the brunt of public opinion, whilst Directors and the most senior employees, of what is officially known - for some unfathomable reason - as a 'trust', hide up corners and run 'public consultation' meetings, about which the public have not been informed.
Mr Quinn, states the case precisely. The NHS is supposed to work 'for the public good'. It must be that way round. Our current, senior NHS employees seem to think that we only exist, to get in their way - and to listen to their fairy stories. We need our more simple NHS services, such as the Intermediate Care Tatton Ward and dementia care, to remain within our local area, in full working order, until we agree that any proposed change, will be of benefit to our community. And if such change is agreed, then it must be built, equipped, fully staffed, functional, and open for operation, before our current facilities are closed. Promising us 'pie in the sky' has done nothing to encourage public trust in any part of the NHS, which is a shame. Desperate family carers have been left with no public transport help for more than two years, by a ‘trust’ witch promised much but has delivered no help at all, leaving elderly confused, ill people isolated from friends and relatives, in distant overcrowded facilities. (Langley Unit/Ward 10 100% full even over the summer – 2012) I believe that very many hard-working, caring, professional and other staff are also being thoroughly let down, since it is they who bear the brunt of public opinion, whilst Directors and the most senior employees, of what is officially known - for some unfathomable reason - as a 'trust', hide up corners and run 'public consultation' meetings, about which the public have not been informed. PetersRock
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3:01pm Wed 30 Jan 13

PetersRock says...

Please pardon the typos in my email above. I’m struggling to type with left hand only.

A broken wrist has not only focussed my mind on the appallingly poor public transport in this rural area, but also on total battles to gain NHS help to reach hospital appointments in distant places, when a carer, who is injured has to reach hospital and - with a view to full-time caring responsibilities, and risk - has to return to the person cared for with some degree of urgency.

I am informed by North West Ambulance Passenger Transport Service, that when ticking the boxes to find out if such transport will be allowed, there are strict instructions that they ‘ must not take any account of the carers need to care’ when making their decisions.

I find that disgraceful, as the full time carer for a husband who lives at home, will remain alone whilst I am away, in a house in an isolated position, where there is no accessible public transport, to appointments held at a time when I can gain no help from relatives who in any case live, a long way away, and have both work, young family, and disability caring duties of their own.

I have taken this up with North West Ambulance Service, and all four of the Cheshire Carers Centres. Thus far, I have received a reply from only one Carers’ Centre, with ‘sympathy’….wh
ich is a great deal of use.

Perhaps the money which goes into that organisation, could
Please pardon the typos in my email above. I’m struggling to type with left hand only. A broken wrist has not only focussed my mind on the appallingly poor public transport in this rural area, but also on total battles to gain NHS help to reach hospital appointments in distant places, when a carer, who is injured has to reach hospital and - with a view to full-time caring responsibilities, and risk - has to return to the person cared for with some degree of urgency. I am informed by North West Ambulance Passenger Transport Service, that when ticking the boxes to find out if such transport will be allowed, there are strict instructions that they ‘ must not take any account of the carers need to care’ when making their decisions. I find that disgraceful, as the full time carer for a husband who lives at home, will remain alone whilst I am away, in a house in an isolated position, where there is no accessible public transport, to appointments held at a time when I can gain no help from relatives who in any case live, a long way away, and have both work, young family, and disability caring duties of their own. I have taken this up with North West Ambulance Service, and all four of the Cheshire Carers Centres. Thus far, I have received a reply from only one Carers’ Centre, with ‘sympathy’….wh ich is a great deal of use. Perhaps the money which goes into that organisation, could PetersRock
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