In advance of the second Save Our NHS in Kent (SONiK) conference, I used my new monthly column in the Isle of Thanet News to look at Thanet’s GP Surgeries. I’m concerned that we’ve already lost several surgeries and that the few we have left are full to capacity. This is part of a wider plan to centralise and privatise our NHS. You can read the full article here:
I was asked by a fellow member of South Thanet Labour Party to look into the closure of two NHS dental surgeries in Ramsgate. I was pleased to take up this suggestion and write an article for Isle of Thanet News. You can read it here:
On Saturday 24 March, health commissioners for Kent and Medway organised a ‘listening event’ in St Peters (Broadstairs) as part of a consultation on stroke services. In each of the five options on the table, William Harvey Hospital in Ashford is the only East Kent option for three sites earmarked for a hyper-acute stroke unit. This would mean the loss of stroke services at Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (QEQM) Hospital and a lengthy journey for the people of Thanet to reach Ashford. This would cause death and disability in an impoverished population with a high incidence of stroke.
Save Our NHS in Kent (SONiK) is campaigning for a hyper-acute stroke unit to be located at QEQM. Here, I provide an update on the state of play during week seven of a ten-week consultation.