Fears for Accrington GP practice

Blackburn Citizen: GP practice at Accrington Victoria Hospital is under review GP practice at Accrington Victoria Hospital is under review

A REVIEW into an Accrington GP practice has sparked fears for its future.

The practice’s 1,700 patients have been sent a questionnaire by NHS England, which said it is routinely reviewing the service.

But the centre’s Patient Participation Group has accused the body of ‘indecent haste’ by setting a deadline of just a few weeks for responses, and said it would fight any plans to close the practice, based at Accrington Victoria Hospital.

Spokesman Patrick McGinley said: “We have been made aware of a decision by the local area team of NHS England to suddenly review the contract for our GP surgery.

“Owing to the indecent haste involved, together with other known factors, all parties – including doctors, nurses, admin staff, and our group -– have been led to the inescapable conclusion there is a definite intention to close our surgery.”

East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (ELCCG) has launched a consultation on primary care in Hyndburn, warning that financial pressures mean some services may have to be cut.

Accrington’s walk-in centre appears most at risk, as it was overspent by £1million last year, and ELCCG is hoping to make a decision this spring.

Coun Clare Pritchard, deputy leader of Hyndburn Council, has led the fight against proposed cuts to health services in the borough.

She said: “I will be standing alongside the Patient Participation Group to fight any proposals to take the GP practice out of Accrington.”

Hyndburn Tory group leader Coun Peter Britcliffe has also pledged his support to the campaign.

A spokesman from NHS England Lancashire area team said: ‘NHS England regularly reviews contracts we have in place for services that we commission, including GP services.

“The current contract for GP services at this practice is scheduled to end on October 31.

“In advance of this, and as standard procedure, we are reviewing the contract and looking at how best to continue providing GP services for people in the local area moving forward. No decision has been made about what will happen.”

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2:04pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Puffin-Billy says...

GP practices all over Bolton, and all over the rest of the country should be afraid - very afraid, and here's why.

The following is a list of so-called “NHS Practices”, which are in fact branches of a private business, SSP Health, which is using the NHS as a front .

3D Medical Centre


200 Deane Road


Bolton General Practice


Marsden Road


Bolton Medical Centre


21 Rupert Street


Great Lever Practice


21 Rupert Street


Chorley

Eaves Lane


311 Eaves Lane


Ince

Lower Ince


Claire House, Phoenix Way




Liverpool

Breeze Hill Practice


Breeze Hill Neighbourhood Health Centre




Crosby Village Surgery


3, Little Crosby Road


Crossways Practice


168 Liverpool Rd


Everton Road Health Centre


45, Everton Road


iveways Family Health Centre


215 Childwall Rd


Freshfield Surgery


61, Gores Lane




Garston Family Health Centre


32, Church Road




Hightown Village Surgery




Kensington Park Practice


157 Edge Lane


Litherland Practice


Hatton Hill Road




Maghull Practice


Parkhaven Trust




Marybone Health Centre


Unit 1&2




Mersey View and Walk-in Surgery


45 Everton Road




Netherley Health Centre


Middlemass Hey


Netherton Practice


Netherton Health Centre




Orrell Park Medical Centre


Trinity Church, Orrell Lane/Rice Lane


Park View Medical Centre


Orphan Drive




Princes Park Health Centre


Bentley Road




Rawson Road


136-138 Rawson Road




Robson Street Practice


Mere Lane Neighbourhood Health Centre


Seaforth Village Surgery


20, Seaforth Road




Stanley Road Medical Centre


60,Stanley Road




Thornton Practice


Thornton Family Health Clinc




West Speke Health Centre


Blacklock Hall Road


Manchester

Astley General Practice


391a Manchester Road, Astley




New Bank Health Centre


339 Stockport Road




The Pike Practice


Market Street Health Centre


Newton-le-Willows

Newton Cottage Practice


1st Floor Newton Community Hospital Practice




Newton Medical Centre


1 Belvedere Road




Salford

The Height General Practice


355 Bolton Road




St. Helens

Bowery Medical Centre


Elephant Lane


Widnes

Upton Rocks Surgery


Widnes RUFC Car Park




Wigan

Ashton Medical Centre


120 Wigan Road, Ashton In Makerfield


Braithwaite Road Surgery


36 Braithwaite Road




Higher Ince Practice


Ince Surgery, Ince Community Centre




Platt Bridge Medical Centre


647 Liverpool Road

No wonder that Dr. Shikha Pitalia, Director of SSP Health and Chair of United League Commissioning, based in the North West is excited with government plans to so-called “modernise” the NHS.

It is organisations such as United League Commissioning which are behind the current hysteria concerning the necessity of reducing National Health Service hospital admissions.

Their private business is profitting from, and using using as a front, NHS facilities which are being deliberately under-funded and under-resourced to the tune of £20 billion, on the advice of consultants McKinsey.

The latest situation concerning a GP practice in Accrington, Lancashire is typical.

Despite the fact that Accrington’s Victoria Health Access Centre has an excellent reputation according to its patients: ( http://www.nhs.uk/Se
rvices/GP/Performanc
e/DefaultView.aspx?i
d=41630) East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (ELCCG) -which of course has absolutely no connection with United League Commissioning- has surprise surprise, launched a so-called “consultation” on primary care in Hyndburn, warning that “…financial pressures mean some services may have to be cut…”

And who will be hiding in the wings to come to the rescue?…that’s right, husband and wife team Drs. Shikha and Sanjay Pitalia of SSP Health.

It is because of people such as them that GPs who care about the NHS are leaving.


Here is an article by one such GP.



“It’s been an amazing privilege working as a family doctor. I am trusted with the long-term care and health of sometimes four generations, and I have tried to help with their most intimate and complex problems, sometimes shared only with me. It’s the best job in medicine, and the NHS was the best place to practice.

So why am I retiring early? Because for several years I’ve fought the dismantling of the founding principles of Bevan’s NHS and on 1 April I lost. That was the day the main provisions of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 came into effect. On Wednesday night, a last-gasp attempt in the House of Lords to annul the part pushing competitive tendering sadly failed.

The democratic and legal basis of the English NHS and the secretary of state’s duty to provide comprehensive health services have now gone, and the framework that allows for wholesale privatisation of the planning, organisation, supply, finance and distribution of our health care is now in place. Since 1948, we GPs have been our patient’s advocate, championing the care we judge is needed clinically.

Everyone necessary for that care co-operated for the good of the patient – they didn’t compete for the benefit of shareholders. Sadly, patients are now right to be suspicious of motives concerning decisions made about them, which until recently, almost uniquely in the world, have been purely in their best clinical interest. Most politicians understand little about general practice, have no idea about the importance of continuity of care and blame GPs for a rise in hospital work, even though this is a direct result of their policies.

I believe patient choice is an illusion as I am restricted in terms of where I can refer and what treatments I can use. GPs are now expected to collude with rationing, are sent incomprehensible financial spreadsheets telling us our “activity levels” are too high and in some areas are prevented from speaking out about this, despite the government’s weasel words about duty of candour after Mid Staffs. Practices are already being solicited by private companies touting for business, often connected to members of my own profession. But the lie that GPs are now in control of the money will soon be exposed. Most services are to go out to tender, which will paralyse decision-making.

Now your doctor, the hospital, your specialist or the employing company has a financial incentive built into the clinical decision-making – even whether or not you are seen at all. Your referral may be to a related company, with both profiting from your care – so was that operation, procedure or investigation really in your best clinical interest? Or you may be told a service is now no longer available. The jargon used is that “we are not commissioned for that”. But you can pay. The elephant in the consulting room is the ethical implication of private medicine. In my 30 years as an NHS GP, some of the most disastrously treated patients are those who elected for private care. Decisions were made about them for the wrong reasons, namely profit. Patients are rarely aware of this.

The politicians who drive this unnecessary revolution claim the NHS is not being privatised because it is still free at the point of use. This is duplicitous as the two are not connected. They are ignorant or dismissive of the founding principles of the NHS which include it being universal and comprehensive – both of which have gone. The NHS logo appears on all sorts of private company buildings and notepaper which is one reason patients haven’t noticed the change yet. Just leaving “free at the point of use” under an NHS kitemark doesn’t constitute a national health service. It’s now one small step to insurance companies picking up the bill (but obviously profiting from it) rather than the state. An Americanised system run by many US companies. The end of a “60-year-old mistake”, as Jeremy Hunt once co-authored.

I am proud to have been an NHS GP. I believe the way a society delivers its healthcare defines the values and nature of that society. In the US, healthcare is not primarily about looking after the nation’s health but a huge multi-company, money-making machine which makes some people extremely rich but neglects millions of its citizens. We are being dragged into that machine and I want no part in it.

The politicians responsible for this must live with their consciences, as it is the greatest failure of democracy in my lifetime.”
GP practices all over Bolton, and all over the rest of the country should be afraid - very afraid, and here's why. The following is a list of so-called “NHS Practices”, which are in fact branches of a private business, SSP Health, which is using the NHS as a front . 3D Medical Centre 200 Deane Road Bolton General Practice Marsden Road Bolton Medical Centre 21 Rupert Street Great Lever Practice 21 Rupert Street Chorley Eaves Lane 311 Eaves Lane Ince Lower Ince Claire House, Phoenix Way Liverpool Breeze Hill Practice Breeze Hill Neighbourhood Health Centre Crosby Village Surgery 3, Little Crosby Road Crossways Practice 168 Liverpool Rd Everton Road Health Centre 45, Everton Road iveways Family Health Centre 215 Childwall Rd Freshfield Surgery 61, Gores Lane Garston Family Health Centre 32, Church Road Hightown Village Surgery Kensington Park Practice 157 Edge Lane Litherland Practice Hatton Hill Road Maghull Practice Parkhaven Trust Marybone Health Centre Unit 1&2 Mersey View and Walk-in Surgery 45 Everton Road Netherley Health Centre Middlemass Hey Netherton Practice Netherton Health Centre Orrell Park Medical Centre Trinity Church, Orrell Lane/Rice Lane Park View Medical Centre Orphan Drive Princes Park Health Centre Bentley Road Rawson Road 136-138 Rawson Road Robson Street Practice Mere Lane Neighbourhood Health Centre Seaforth Village Surgery 20, Seaforth Road Stanley Road Medical Centre 60,Stanley Road Thornton Practice Thornton Family Health Clinc West Speke Health Centre Blacklock Hall Road Manchester Astley General Practice 391a Manchester Road, Astley New Bank Health Centre 339 Stockport Road The Pike Practice Market Street Health Centre Newton-le-Willows Newton Cottage Practice 1st Floor Newton Community Hospital Practice Newton Medical Centre 1 Belvedere Road Salford The Height General Practice 355 Bolton Road St. Helens Bowery Medical Centre Elephant Lane Widnes Upton Rocks Surgery Widnes RUFC Car Park Wigan Ashton Medical Centre 120 Wigan Road, Ashton In Makerfield Braithwaite Road Surgery 36 Braithwaite Road Higher Ince Practice Ince Surgery, Ince Community Centre Platt Bridge Medical Centre 647 Liverpool Road No wonder that Dr. Shikha Pitalia, Director of SSP Health and Chair of United League Commissioning, based in the North West is excited with government plans to so-called “modernise” the NHS. It is organisations such as United League Commissioning which are behind the current hysteria concerning the necessity of reducing National Health Service hospital admissions. Their private business is profitting from, and using using as a front, NHS facilities which are being deliberately under-funded and under-resourced to the tune of £20 billion, on the advice of consultants McKinsey. The latest situation concerning a GP practice in Accrington, Lancashire is typical. Despite the fact that Accrington’s Victoria Health Access Centre has an excellent reputation according to its patients: ( http://www.nhs.uk/Se rvices/GP/Performanc e/DefaultView.aspx?i d=41630) East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (ELCCG) -which of course has absolutely no connection with United League Commissioning- has surprise surprise, launched a so-called “consultation” on primary care in Hyndburn, warning that “…financial pressures mean some services may have to be cut…” And who will be hiding in the wings to come to the rescue?…that’s right, husband and wife team Drs. Shikha and Sanjay Pitalia of SSP Health. It is because of people such as them that GPs who care about the NHS are leaving. Here is an article by one such GP. “It’s been an amazing privilege working as a family doctor. I am trusted with the long-term care and health of sometimes four generations, and I have tried to help with their most intimate and complex problems, sometimes shared only with me. It’s the best job in medicine, and the NHS was the best place to practice. So why am I retiring early? Because for several years I’ve fought the dismantling of the founding principles of Bevan’s NHS and on 1 April I lost. That was the day the main provisions of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 came into effect. On Wednesday night, a last-gasp attempt in the House of Lords to annul the part pushing competitive tendering sadly failed. The democratic and legal basis of the English NHS and the secretary of state’s duty to provide comprehensive health services have now gone, and the framework that allows for wholesale privatisation of the planning, organisation, supply, finance and distribution of our health care is now in place. Since 1948, we GPs have been our patient’s advocate, championing the care we judge is needed clinically. Everyone necessary for that care co-operated for the good of the patient – they didn’t compete for the benefit of shareholders. Sadly, patients are now right to be suspicious of motives concerning decisions made about them, which until recently, almost uniquely in the world, have been purely in their best clinical interest. Most politicians understand little about general practice, have no idea about the importance of continuity of care and blame GPs for a rise in hospital work, even though this is a direct result of their policies. I believe patient choice is an illusion as I am restricted in terms of where I can refer and what treatments I can use. GPs are now expected to collude with rationing, are sent incomprehensible financial spreadsheets telling us our “activity levels” are too high and in some areas are prevented from speaking out about this, despite the government’s weasel words about duty of candour after Mid Staffs. Practices are already being solicited by private companies touting for business, often connected to members of my own profession. But the lie that GPs are now in control of the money will soon be exposed. Most services are to go out to tender, which will paralyse decision-making. Now your doctor, the hospital, your specialist or the employing company has a financial incentive built into the clinical decision-making – even whether or not you are seen at all. Your referral may be to a related company, with both profiting from your care – so was that operation, procedure or investigation really in your best clinical interest? Or you may be told a service is now no longer available. The jargon used is that “we are not commissioned for that”. But you can pay. The elephant in the consulting room is the ethical implication of private medicine. In my 30 years as an NHS GP, some of the most disastrously treated patients are those who elected for private care. Decisions were made about them for the wrong reasons, namely profit. Patients are rarely aware of this. The politicians who drive this unnecessary revolution claim the NHS is not being privatised because it is still free at the point of use. This is duplicitous as the two are not connected. They are ignorant or dismissive of the founding principles of the NHS which include it being universal and comprehensive – both of which have gone. The NHS logo appears on all sorts of private company buildings and notepaper which is one reason patients haven’t noticed the change yet. Just leaving “free at the point of use” under an NHS kitemark doesn’t constitute a national health service. It’s now one small step to insurance companies picking up the bill (but obviously profiting from it) rather than the state. An Americanised system run by many US companies. The end of a “60-year-old mistake”, as Jeremy Hunt once co-authored. I am proud to have been an NHS GP. I believe the way a society delivers its healthcare defines the values and nature of that society. In the US, healthcare is not primarily about looking after the nation’s health but a huge multi-company, money-making machine which makes some people extremely rich but neglects millions of its citizens. We are being dragged into that machine and I want no part in it. The politicians responsible for this must live with their consciences, as it is the greatest failure of democracy in my lifetime.” Puffin-Billy

5:11pm Tue 4 Feb 14

mavrick says...

I have been warning for quite some time about private companies using the NHS logo as a front for their private business. The coalition needs to hang it's head in shame. People need to realise that this coalition is on a public service sell off sale. we have sacked highly trained soldiers coming back from active service and replacing them with weekend wannabe's we have sold off the harrier jets which were the only planes we had to fly of the carriers. so we have aircraft carriers with no planes to fly off them. so the country is almost defenceless which is a green light to Argentina to retake the Falklands. They have run the police numbers down beyond breaking point. We know what they have done to the health service. They have slashed council budgets to the bone. the roads are in the worst condition I have ever known. I don't know what it will take to make people angry enough to make a stand against the tyranny of the Tories.
I have been warning for quite some time about private companies using the NHS logo as a front for their private business. The coalition needs to hang it's head in shame. People need to realise that this coalition is on a public service sell off sale. we have sacked highly trained soldiers coming back from active service and replacing them with weekend wannabe's we have sold off the harrier jets which were the only planes we had to fly of the carriers. so we have aircraft carriers with no planes to fly off them. so the country is almost defenceless which is a green light to Argentina to retake the Falklands. They have run the police numbers down beyond breaking point. We know what they have done to the health service. They have slashed council budgets to the bone. the roads are in the worst condition I have ever known. I don't know what it will take to make people angry enough to make a stand against the tyranny of the Tories. mavrick

5:39pm Tue 4 Feb 14

moxhie says...

And the Tories say that the NHS is safe in their hands .

They are liars , and the more quickly they are out of power the better .
And the Tories say that the NHS is safe in their hands . They are liars , and the more quickly they are out of power the better . moxhie

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