Wirral hospital campaigners' hopes are dashed

Wirral Globe: Wirral Council leader Cllr Phil Davies Wirral Council leader Cllr Phil Davies

HOPES that a local review could help save Wirral’s vascular services centre have been dashed.

Last week the Globe’s website revealed that a plea for the Health Secretary to formally intervene in the controversial decision to transfer the specialist surgery from Wirral’s main hospital to Chester had been turned down.

An independent panel - recognised as the UK expert on NHS service change - ruled the processes which led to the decision being made were fair and reasonable.

However the Independent Reconfiguration Panel, which acts as lead adviser to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, also recommended it would be prudent for a local review to be carried out to “re-examine whether the current proposals meet the requirements for a modern vascular network.”

But leader of Wirral Council Cllr Phil Davies has now been told any further inquiry would be purely to consider logistics of transferring the services to Chester and would not re-open the issue of whether the move should go ahead.

The refusal to look at the plans came in a letter from Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt.

Councillor Davies said: “We are extremely disappointed with this outcome, and that the Secretary of State has not recognised the need to examine the decision to move these excellent, specialist services – which have saved many lives - from Arrowe Park Hospital.

“We are not alone in expressing our concern at the move, which could see patients in our borough having to travel a maximum of 20 miles or more to receive emergency care, increasing stress at what is already an extremely stressful time.”

Councillor Davies said the independent panel’s suggestion a further local review should be carried out has been taken up with Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral NHS Commissioning Board.

“I thought the door had been left open by this suggestion,” he said.

“But I’ve been informed that any new review would not be to consider whether vascular services should remain at Arrowe, but would only look at the issues of implementing their switch to Chester.

“This was a bitter disappointment.

“I share the views expressed by some clinicians at Arrowe Park that this could be the start of a gradual demotion of our hospital away from its current status as a leading centre for major surgical procedures.”

Wirral Council's health and wellbeing overview and scutiny committee had  expressed its concern in two letters to the health secretary about the effects that changes to vascular services across Cheshire and Merseyside would have on Wirral residents under the proposed new arrangements.

Councillor Davies had also personally written to the minister requesting a review.

http://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/10180639.EXCLUSIVE__Ruling_says_Health_Secretary_will_not_intervene_in_Wirral_hospital_vascular_services_transfer/?ref=ec

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12:06pm Mon 28 Jan 13

MrsHF says...

Money has taken priority over patient care and wellbeing - yet again. How many people are going to die en route to Chester (who may well have been saved by being treated at Arrowe Park), before they admit that they have got it seriously wrong? It is surely only a matter of time before someone dies as a direct result of a delay in receiving treatment, caused by the extra travelling time. A centre of excellence, while I am sure it will do a great deal of good, is of absolutely no use if you are dead before you get there.
Money has taken priority over patient care and wellbeing - yet again. How many people are going to die en route to Chester (who may well have been saved by being treated at Arrowe Park), before they admit that they have got it seriously wrong? It is surely only a matter of time before someone dies as a direct result of a delay in receiving treatment, caused by the extra travelling time. A centre of excellence, while I am sure it will do a great deal of good, is of absolutely no use if you are dead before you get there. MrsHF
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12:52pm Mon 28 Jan 13

WirralAl says...

In other words. They do not give a Shi# what people need and are so stupid that they spend the money to build it and then move it so it is more difficult for the sick people who need it.

The idea is to save money for the NHS and make people who use the service pay more.

better to die on the way. That way they can save some more money and our USELESS Councillors prove that they are pointless yet again.
In other words. They do not give a Shi# what people need and are so stupid that they spend the money to build it and then move it so it is more difficult for the sick people who need it. The idea is to save money for the NHS and make people who use the service pay more. better to die on the way. That way they can save some more money and our USELESS Councillors prove that they are pointless yet again. WirralAl
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2:43pm Mon 28 Jan 13

water1lily says...

Maybe that's the plan to save money, if patients die on the way to Chester then they wont have to pay out to treat them!
Maybe that's the plan to save money, if patients die on the way to Chester then they wont have to pay out to treat them! water1lily
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4:15pm Mon 28 Jan 13

LocaLGovwatcher says...

water1lily wrote:
Maybe that's the plan to save money, if patients die on the way to Chester then they wont have to pay out to treat them!
In addition to lessening the drain on future pension provision. Thus proving that people are expendable.
[quote][p][bold]water1lily[/bold] wrote: Maybe that's the plan to save money, if patients die on the way to Chester then they wont have to pay out to treat them![/p][/quote]In addition to lessening the drain on future pension provision. Thus proving that people are expendable. LocaLGovwatcher
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4:31pm Mon 28 Jan 13

water1lily says...

That can only be the only reasoning behind such perverse decision making!
That can only be the only reasoning behind such perverse decision making! water1lily
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4:44pm Mon 28 Jan 13

MrsHF says...

So who at Wirral NHS Commissioning Board rolled over and let this happen? I hope whatever they were offered to back off was worth it, because that decision will come back to bite in a big way if it isn't reversed. Is it really worth more than peoples lives??
So who at Wirral NHS Commissioning Board rolled over and let this happen? I hope whatever they were offered to back off was worth it, because that decision will come back to bite in a big way if it isn't reversed. Is it really worth more than peoples lives?? MrsHF
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8:40am Fri 1 Feb 13

celiakelly says...

Just to say Arrowe Park saved the life of a friend of ours several years ago. He had a serious accident and the nearest hospital was the wonderful Arrowe Park. Goodness only knows how he would have fared had he had to travel all the way to another hospital! Thank you Arrowe Park
Just to say Arrowe Park saved the life of a friend of ours several years ago. He had a serious accident and the nearest hospital was the wonderful Arrowe Park. Goodness only knows how he would have fared had he had to travel all the way to another hospital! Thank you Arrowe Park celiakelly
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