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|The Future of PPI|
|CPPIH welcomes changes to give patients "a stronger local voice"
however we must build on past experience
The Health Minister, Rosie Winterton, has announced that following a Government review, PPI Forums will be replaced by Local Involvement Networks (LINks).
The Department of Health believes that LINks will build upon the work of PPI Forums by giving more people and organisations the opportunity to become involved - within more flexible local arrangements.
Sharon Grant, CPPIH Chair, remarked "We welcome the vision contained in this proposal. We all see the need for much wider involvement in health matters. However, it is important that we do not overlook the value of the tremendous work that the present PPI Forums have done. We must ensure that the experience of Forums members is carried over into these new local networks.
We know, and share many of the concerns Forum members have about what is proposed, and will convey these to the Department of Health. There are concerns about how these networks will be resourced, and whether they will be truly independent from the NHS and local councils. Forum members are also concerned about the loss of their statutory powers and want to ensure that what replaces them has real teeth."
New campaign asks patients and visitors – “Are you getting a square meal?”
Patient Forums across the country have launched a new campaign entitled ‘Food Watch' to discover patient and visitor views on hospital food and refreshments. "Food Watch" will look at the cost, quality and availability of food and drink for inpatients, their visitors and outpatients.
The Forums will conduct surveys throughout hospitals in England to discover the cost of drinks and snacks in both inpatient and outpatient sites, as well as exploring the range of food offered to inpatients and responses to hospital food in general. Key issues will include:
Temperature of food
Forum demands urgent action on dirty wards
URGENT work is being done to make sure Huddersfield Royal Infirmary gets a clean bill of health after it received criticism in an inspection by the local Patient and Public Involvement Forum.
Two wards - one labelled as ‘disgusting' in the report by the PPI Forum for Calderdale and Huddersfield because of its state of cleanliness are to undergo major facelifts. Click here for more details.
PRESTON is to get a new "one stop" health centre in a bid to cut patient waiting times – but the local PPI Forum has concerns it could mean vital services and jobs being axed.Funded by Preston Primary Care Trust (PCT), the centre will act as a “middle tier” between GPs and hospital consultants, providing services such as orthopaedics, general surgery and gynaecology. However the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals' Patient and Public Involvement Forum (PPI) says the scheme will hit services and jobs at the Royal Preston Hospital. Click here for more details.
Patient letters being sent to India for typing
The PPI Forum for Whittington hospital have raised concerns after learning that patient records are being sent all the way to India to be typed. Click here for more details.
Forum fights to save Scarborough Hospital
Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Hospitals PPI Forum are running a campaign after raising concerns about the future of Scarborough Hospital.
The impact of budget cuts to Mental Health Services worries Forum
The PPI Forum for Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust has had their concerns over proposed changes to local mental health services raised in Parliament.
The Forum has been concerned by plans by the local Trust to cut costs by £5 million in the area. The proposed plans would affect services for children with behavioural problems, adults with learning difficulties, elderly people and those with drug and alcohol-related problems.
David Grayson, Chair of the Patient Forum, was quoted in parliament as saying "The implementation of the proposed cuts will increase the suffering of service users
and their carers, who will face increased risk of suicide and self-harm, longer recovery time, higher relapse rates and a greater reliance on carers who, due to their role,
are already more susceptible to mental health problems."
The Forum believes cutting a community mental health team would mean up to 250 vulnerable people would then have to be looked after by primary care mental health services. Click here for more details.
Patient Forum has no confidence in Devon Trust
The PPI Forum for North Devon has declared it has no confidence in the Healthcare Trust board's ability to recover its financial position without directly impacting on patient care and staff moral.
A shortage of GPs in the area was also found, with many doctors reluctant to work in Great Yarmouth. Click here for more details
Forum fights for Community Hospital beds
Robert Hillyard, Vice-Chair of the Forum said: "The proposal flies in the face of recent department of health policy for community hospitals and will significantly affect the services that the hospital can offer to residents in Hertsmere. We believe the PCT should look for new service and revenue-generating opportunities for beds they free up as a result of operational efficiencies, rather than close wards to achieve marginal cost savings."
West Cornwall PPI Forum recently wrote to the West Briton newspaper about the local dentistry crisis and included in the letter were details of how to request an “Access to NHS Dentistry Survey” from the Forum.
National Forum event on the reconfiguration of the Trusts
CPPIH is bringing together PPI Forums for all Ambulance Services across the country to discuss how the reconfiguration of Ambulance Trusts will impact on services, what issues are being faced and how Forums can work to effectively monitor and adapt to these changes. For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ambulance PPI Forums set their plans for 2006/07
Ambulance Forums across the country have announced their work plans for 2006 /07 Inevitably monitoring the reconfiguration of the Ambulance Trusts takes high priority in most Forums work plans. However issues surrounding cleanliness of vehicles and infection control, call centre services and emergency response capacity are also being monitored by some Forums. All Ambulance Forums have also highlighted their need to continue to build and strengthen links with more local groups as a priority.
To read your local PPI Forums annual report and work plan for the coming year. Click here to go to our "Find my local Forum" facility.
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