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OliverJohnstone
Hazel Grove Councillor

OliverJohnstone
Healthier Together Judicial Review
30th November 2015 at 11:50PM
You may remember that over the summer, Stepping Hill was awarded specialist status following the Healthier Together consultation to specialise in emergency and high risk abdominal surgery.

A judicial review has been launched by a private organisation known as Keep Wythenshawe Special. The Healthier Together team have organised several public meetings to talk through the judicial review process and to answer any wider questions.

The Stockport public meeting will be held on Wednesday 2nd December 2015 5pm-6.30pm at the following address:

Stockport College
Peter Barkworth Theatre
Wellington Road South
SK1 3UQ

There will also be an event in Poynton earlier on 2nd December between 12pm and 2pm at the following address:

Council Chamber
Poynton Civic Centre
Off Park Lane
Poynton
SK12 1RB

I hope this is of interest to some of you. The implications of the Healthier Together programme are very important.
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Expert
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Expert
Re: Healthier Together Judicial Review
1st December 2015 at 2:09PM
Having been within hours of meeting my maker (whoever she may be) I can vouch for the skills of the staff at SHH - particularly those in Intensive Care - who brought me back from the brink.

Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend either session and whilst, on this occasion, I am unable to claim any particular expertise in the matter, one point which I am sure has been overlooked is the fact that SHH not only serves the residents of Stockport. The hospital also serves parts of Cheshire and High Peak as far away as Buxton.

I doubt whether many High Peak residents have the slightest idea where Wythenshaw hospital is never mind how to get there.
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OliverJohnstone
Hazel Grove Councillor

OliverJohnstone
Re: Healthier Together Judicial Review
1st December 2015 at 2:35PM
There are sessions in New Mills and Buxton but I posted the closest ones to readers of this forum.
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LLowe
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LLowe
Re: Healthier Together Judicial Review
9th January 2016 at 11:59AM
"a private organisation known as Keep Wythenshawe Special"

Disingenuous and misleading Oliver. As you very well know KWS is a group of 100 NHS consultants from Wythenshawe Hospital, who were defending patients and the multiple specialist services put at risk by the HT decision. Whether you agree with HT or not, misleading people like that is absolutely not acceptable.
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OliverJohnstone
Hazel Grove Councillor

OliverJohnstone
Re: Healthier Together Judicial Review
9th January 2016 at 4:30PM
I apologise if you have taken offence at that description but I took that from the newspaper reports and the official memos sent to us as councillors.

I think the idea is to distinguish between an organisation that is independent of the hospital, yet made of some members of the hospital's staff.

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LLowe
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LLowe
Re: Healthier Together Judicial Review
28th January 2016 at 12:01AM
Absolute nonsense Oliver. Your words were chosen carefully to try and discredit the campaign.
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OliverJohnstone
Hazel Grove Councillor

OliverJohnstone
Re: Healthier Together Judicial Review
28th January 2016 at 12:53PM
Believe what you want - I have no desire to discredit anyone.

Check the press releases, official documents etc - you will find the same wording there.

I am extremely pleased that Stepping Hill was successful in its campaign but I have no desire to see services disrupted at Wythenshawe either.
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LLowe
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LLowe
Re: Healthier Together Judicial Review
28th January 2016 at 3:28PM
Oh we both know you purposely left out crucial information.

As for the decision, I could explain in detail why it's extremely dangerous for patients. I am very much in favour of the consolidation of services where necessary but this decision, based entirely on geography, is dangerous for patients of both hospitals.

I could say more, but it would be pointless, especially when talking to politicians who want to see the exponential growth of health related postcode lotteries. I do however, understand that local politicians need to think about re election, which is why they will always tend to campaign for their local hospital, whether or not it's a good idea.
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OliverJohnstone
Hazel Grove Councillor

OliverJohnstone
Re: Healthier Together Judicial Review
29th January 2016 at 1:00PM
All I did was share an email that I received through my role as a Councillor to inform anyone interested of these events. I have not attempted to spin this to suit my own personal agenda, I am simply sharing that information.

Bottom line, we have to trust Healthier Together and latterly the outcome of the judicial review. It was an independent process designed to take it out of the hands of politicians and people who would have had a vested interest in either option being chosen.
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LLowe
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LLowe
Re: Healthier Together Judicial Review
29th January 2016 at 9:27PM
There you go again, misrepresenting the Judicial Review. Luckily I know a lot more about the situation than councillors.
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