• Taking the G5 petition to the Hospital

    willg5YESTERDAY I handed over a copy of petition signed by over 10,000 local people calling on the Hospital to re-open the G5 end-of-life care ward.

    (Photo courtesy of The News, Portsmouth)

    I’ve already presented a copy of the petition to the government’s Independent Reconfiguration Panel who are reviewing the decision to close the ward and in the next few weeks I will present it to the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley, in London.

    I really hope that the Board of the Hospital Trust will take note of the strength of feeling against the G5 closure.

    Unfortunately I don’t think it will make much difference. They don’t even seem willing to consider the possibility that they made a mistake in closing G5, which is very short-sighted of them.

    Given that the Health Ombudsman has, last month, slammed the treatment of elderly patients within the NHS (See here), I also asked the Board if they would consider conducting a full review of the treatment of elderly patients in Portsmouth. I stressed to them the importance of having a review that looked at all treatment of older people, in hospitals and the community, and that any review must involve patients and their families.

    The hospital refused to consider this. They said that they will consider the implications of the Health Ombudsman’s report internally and if necessary would only consult with partner ‘organisations’.

    They simply don’t seem to have learnt any lessons from the way they have handled this issue.

    I was pleased that the Portsmouth North MP, Penny Mordaunt, echoed my views in todays paper, saying that “The senior management team has shown that it is not up to the job” and adding “They’ve consistently missed every opportunity to respond to public concern”.

    I completely agree with Mrs Mordaunt that; “The management team has really got to take a long hard look at themselves or the Secretary of State has got to step in.”