Sandy 4 St Albans

Sandy Walkington campaigns with the Liberal Democrats across St Albans

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Entries Tagged as 'SOS Herts NHS'

Truly depressing health meeting

March 30th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Sandy's blog, SOS Herts NHS

I found tonight’s meeting in St Albans Town Hall to question the Primary Care Trust management over the cancelled St Albans Urgent Care Centre to be truly depressing.  Full marks to Anne Main for organising it at such short notice. We were told that Anne Walker, chief executive of the PCT, was out of the […]

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How many more managers in the NHS?

March 26th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Sandy's blog, SOS Herts NHS

As we digest the news of the cancellation of the Urgent Care Centre,  I am grateful to my friend Norman Lamb for alerting me to some just published figures.  I am sure that all St Albans residents will share my interest. The number of managers in the NHS increased by 4,748 in the last year […]

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Urgent Care Centre decision a stab in the front for local people

March 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Sandy's blog, SOS Herts NHS

Yesterday’s suddenly announced decision by the PCT that they are not going to proceed with plans for the Urgent Care Centre on the St Albans City Hospital site is a stab in the front for local residents. It was only a few days ago that I blogged about the closure of A&E at Hemel Hempstead […]

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Fascinating feedback on local NHS

March 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Sandy's blog, SOS Herts NHS

I am getting a lot of letters and e-mails on local residents’ perceptions of local NHS services following my invitation to people to write about their experiences.  They show a fascinating range of opinion, some rating our local health services as very good, some as not so good, all of course coming from the same […]

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Really interesting health discussion

January 23rd, 2010 · 2 Comments · Sandy's blog, SOS Herts NHS

It was a reflective and thought-provoking public meeting on Thursday night with Norman Lamb MP and Cllr Nick Hollinghurst talking about the current state of and future prognosis for our health services both locally and nationally.  Marlborough Road Methodist Church was nicely full and the audience was treated to a grown-up discussion of the opportunities […]

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From cradle to grave?

January 19th, 2010 · No Comments · Sandy's blog, SOS Herts NHS

The NHS has always boasted of caring for people from cradle to grave – but cremation is clearly different.  None of us is at our best at a time of bereavement – we’re certainly not looking at the small print.  So I share LibDem MP Norman Lamb’s astonishment that doctors working in hospitals earned almost […]

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“The NHS has left me” – local resident

January 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Sandy's blog, SOS Herts NHS

Issues round local NHS services are constantly raised on the doorstep and in letters to me.  Of course people recognise there has been investment.  But the lady who told me ‘The NHS has left me’ summed up a wide sense of loss as the delivery of NHS services becomes more distant for local people. There […]

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What does a body lying undiscovered for three days tell us about Watford Hospital?

May 10th, 2009 · No Comments · Sandy's blog, SOS Herts NHS

It is perfectly disgusting that a young man’s body could remain undiscovered for three days in Watford Hospital. This is of course the main acute hospital for everyone in St Albans after the government closed down most of the departments at St Albans City Hospital and then reneged on its promise to build a new […]

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