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Protest from where you are for Buckinghamshire’s hospitals!

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As individuals, couples or groups, please send in pictures with your hand in the stop position. You can hold up a message if you wish, e.g. no more downgrades, reopen beds. These will be joined together to form one protest picture.

We all know there has been a shortage of beds in the region. An important meeting (HASC) is taking place on Tuesday 24th April which could result in even more bed closures across Bucks!

Please send your pictures and quotes by 3pm on Tuesday 24th April to savewycombehospital@live.co.uk, tweet to @HandBackOurHosp, post on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/savewycombehospital/

We need you to actively take part and show that you care!

Let’s make it clear that we want downgrades to stop and our hospitals restored!

This is a whole community friendly, apolitical campaign.



This winter has once again shown there is a shortage of beds in our region. Oxford cancelled operations this year and national patients have been affected at the National Spinal Injuries Unit in Stoke due to general patients taking over their beds. On Tuesday, the Trust will be presenting a report on the future of our hospitals to the HASC committee (https://democracy.buckscc.gov.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx…). 20 beds were closed at Marlow and Thame for a community hubs ‘pilot’ and this seems set to continue and be rolled out to other local hospitals such as Amersham and Buckingham. This could mean even more bed closures in Bucks!! We have less beds in Bucks compared to last year and Ward 5B at Wycombe Hospital was closed fairly recently too. It’s inevitable that if you downgrade hospitals, others will be overwhelmed!
We must show that we do not support further downgrades of our hospitals and want beds at Wycombe, Thame and Marlow reopened!
As most can’t attend the meeting in Aylesbury, we are asking you to protest from where you are! 

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1733243850048157/

Action needed to Save Children’s Centres in Buckinghamshire!

Related petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-buckinghamshire-s-children-s-centres

35 children’s centres are due to be closed and replaced by 9 ‘hubs’ in new proposals from Buckinghamshire County Council. Despite the text in the document, the move is a financial one and will make it difficult for people to access help and support in their local communities. Well established, ‘safe places’ like children’s centres are key in helping people access early help and support in order to prevent issues escalating. Other services this will affect include:

  • Bucks Family Information Service
  • Advice and support for young people through Connexions (Adviza)
  • Early Help coordinators
  • Families First
  • Family Resilience
  • Support for children who have lived with Domestic Violence (Refuge and Outreach) (Women’s Aid)
  • Support for parents through Barnardo’s
  • Young carers support
  • Youth Services

These existing services for 0-19 year olds and their families will be brought under one umbrella. It seems ‘the Councils’ resources will be focused on enabling the conditions in which our communities can prosper’ – enabling conditions by taking things away? Once again it is the most vulnerable who will be affected by these decisions.

*Please respond to the ‘consultation‘ by filling in the form here: https://www.research.net/r/EarlyHelpConsultation2017

Please click ‘yes’ on this survey monkey so that the number of responses can be monitored and used to challenge figures if need be: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2PQGJ5M

Deadline 16th October

*Please also write to your MP https://www.writetothem.com/

‘Decisions will be made and taken to the Cabinet on the 23rd October
There will then be a “call in” period lasting 4 days during which local MPs have an opportunity to question or object to the plans.’ Therefore please contact your MP.

You can read the full proposal docs here: http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/care-for-children-and-families/improving-early-help-services-for-children-young-people-and-families/

And learn more about your local children’s centres here: https://www.facebook.com/wycombecc?fref=gc&hc_location=ufi


Thank you

Image from Bucks FIS

Image from Bucks Family Information Service. Children’s centres in Bucks

‘Must we sell everything?’ ‘Won’t somebody think of the children?’

Attacks on our NHS

Yesterday we learned that Buckinghamshire is one of eight regions designated to become an ‘Accountable Care Organisation’. NHS campaigners have warned that these are based on an USA model of healthcare and are designed to set up our NHS for privatisation and a health insurance based system. The architect for these changes is Simon Stevens who spent 10 years working for United Health before becoming Chief Executive of our NHS.

We’ve gone from calling it a ‘Casualty’ unit, to an Urgent Care Centre, to an Urgent Treatment Centre however our MP has yet to explain what this actually means for our hospital. Our MP, Steve Baker, felt his stance on our hospital was ‘vindicated’ at the 2015 election. Questions about who would run the unit and whether GP surgeries would close need answering before anything is accelerated, along with what this will actually look like, and importantly, treat. Our current understanding is that it won’t treat anything additional. No doubt there will be politicians happy to pose outside a sign change to an Urgent Care/Treatment centre as though it’s an achievement, however they should be reminded that we have FEWER services than when our MP first came into power in 2010.

Threats to our community hospitals continue, with patients who would have been treated close to home, now taking up spaces in other hospitals like Wexham. Not one local MP has responded to emails with regards to Marlow or Thame. Yet the overnight bed closures have directly impacted someone our MP has worked with. In fact, some of Marlow forms his constituency.

We have long been concerned about the land at Wycombe hospital, given to Wycombe as a memorial to the Great War. This land on Queen Alexandra Road was given to the people of High Wycombe to honour those that died and to care for women and children. Our local STP mentions ‘estates’, and our Prime Minister has openly shown support for the Naylor review, which not only incentivises Trusts to sell their hospital land, campaigners feel it blackmails them to do so. Selling of our much needed hospital land, or disguising this under the guise of better housing for staff would be completely unacceptable.

Smaller, accessible, familiar GP surgeries are essential for vulnerable patients however this model is threatened with the private sector preferring ‘federations’ and larger centres/hubs.

We’ve helped spread the NHS message with regards to use of pharmacies as a first port of call for certain conditions, yet the threat on these hasn’t been removed.

Meanwhile services which have left Wycombe Hospital, struggle under the pressure.
Underpaid and demoralised by this government, staff are leaving our NHS. Well used, successful hospitals like Charing Cross are earmarked to be sold.

Our entire NHS needs saving. And it needs saving from this government. The decision to underfund our NHS is a political one and it comes from the top. Whilst the government would like to pretend that decisions are made locally, these are very much top down changes. It’s time for our MPs to step up. They won’t be forgiven when our NHS is gone. They won’t be forgiven if our hospital land is sold, or if our NHS is further privatised. We all deserve the best healthcare, and evidence shows that this is the NHS. Private health insurance will only cover so far, when a patient’s condition becomes complicated, it is the NHS which takes care of us.





Terry Price’s BBC Interview

On 1st April, highly praised wards at Marlow and Thame lost 20 overnight beds. More diagnostics are due to take place in ‘Community Hubs’ for a 6 month ‘pilot’.
On 5th April the BBC filmed Marlow resident Terry Price after our fantastically attended protest outside Marlow Community Hospital.
Terry Price, was hoping to receive care at Marlow hospital while his wife was having an operation, however due to the bed closures, was told that this wouldn’t be an option. He was filmed at a home outside of Marlow.
‘’I’m here for respite care because my wife has just had a serious operation so she couldn’t look after me in any way shape or form. She’s at home now and she doesn’t have any care coming in so you can understand why I’m extremely doubtful about this so-called trial the NHS are doing.
[Ideally this care would be at Marlow]. It’d be better for family, for visitors and everything else.
I’m here only because I kicked up, they were going to send me to Winslow of all places, which was 30 odd miles away from Marlow. I said no I wouldn’t go, so that’s why I’m here.’’
‘’It’s not particularly important, it’s extremely important because I don’t believe that they’re telling the truth. I believe this is a fait accompli. At the end of their so-called trial or consultation, they will finish up and they will say ‘Oh yeah, that worked well, so we’ll carry on’, without any sort of detailed results, which they’ve never ever given on any of their consultations. They have a nasty habit of saying, ‘Ah, that worked very well, we’ll carry on’ and they lie. We’ve had proof that they’ve lied in the past, when they told us about the A&E at Wycombe and Stoke Mandeville. Dr Payne at the time, in front of our MP, admitted that he lied and of course as everybody knows around here, Stoke Mandeville is still not fit for purpose.’’
”I’m extremely angry, that they are even considering this, because that place belongs to Marlow.  This hospital means everything to Marlow. And if they close the night service of the hospital in terms of care, they are saying ‘yeah they are better treated in their own home’. Yes they are, if additional care is there to help, but it’s not. I can speak from personal experience.
Speaking about a past experience using Marlow hospital Terry said the Marlow hospital staff were: ‘’Brilliant. I cannot fault the staff of the NHS. Nothing wrong with them basically at all. But the management…
[That hospital means] everything. And not just for me, it’s served my family, and people I know, it served them well, and it will continue to serve people well whilst it remains as it is. It is absolutely critical, not just for me, (which I would like to take advantage of at this moment in time, and also for my wife),  it is critical for all the people of Marlow and the surrounding area because it does as it stands serve an absolute need, which I doubt, in fact, I know, that the care won’t be in the community to do what they say they are going to do. It’s absolute paramount that they keep it as it is.’’

You can watch the BBC South Today news report here: https://www.facebook.com/savewycombehospital/videos/825795950906487/ 

Our petitions remain live:

Bucks NHS – Urgent Action Needed – An open letter to local MPs

Dear local MPs,

You will be aware that as a result of Buckinghamshire not receiving adequate NHS funding, Marlow and Thame lost twenty overnight beds from the 1st April for the ‘community hubs’ ‘pilot’. These bed closures are already affecting people and are likely to be rolled out to our other community hospitals. Bed closures in the county will impact other hospitals in and around Bucks, this affects us all.
This letter is a request that local MPs get together and take swift action to ensure our NHS urgently gets the funding it needs and that those beds are reopened. We must stop ‘Sustainability and Transformation plans’ (STPs) which will result in more hospital downgrades, including ‘1 in 6’ A&Es. Steps also need to be taken to restore Wycombe hospital to a fully functioning one once more.

The community hospital beds closed at the start of this month without adequate public consultation. At the very least there should be a thorough consultation on the whole of our STP plan. Whilst other councils are putting the needs of their communities first and rejecting STPs, once again Buckinghamshire County Council’s health scrutiny committee have failed the population of Bucks with their lack of scrutiny, (having not even looked at basic documents like Equality Impact Assessments before the changes). In fact, this past year’s HASC webcasts contain some somewhat embarrassing content.
At a time when (due to billions of pounds worth of cuts) social care is struggling, and hospitals site missing targets due to ‘bed blocking’ these closures defy common sense. In HASC’s March discharge enquiry meeting, it was discussed that ‘there are not the care home places for people to go into’, and that ‘some care homes won’t accept council funded patients’ so it’s bizarre that there wasn’t more challenge to the plans. Worryingly, not all the community services will be in place for the start of the ‘pilot’.

We engaged fully with the ‘Community Hub’ sessions and bed closures weren’t explicitly discussed. Our petition against further downgrades reached its 1000 signature target in under two days.[1] Our protest had a fantastic turn out.

These beds must be reopened quickly and the excellent staff teams redeployed.

Attached is an image of a child on a makeshift bed made of two chairs put together. It was taken at Stoke Mandeville just over a year ago, and whilst a difficult image to attach, was sent to local decision makers along with details of the experience. Unfortunately, nothing appears to have been done. We had a very difficult winter locally, with Stoke Mandeville in ‘Black alert’, requesting that patients who could go home to do so, and the John Radcliffe cancelling non-urgent operations.
The continued downgrade of the busy Horton General will increase the strain on Oxford’s John Radcliffe. As more housing is being built, including Aylesbury’s garden village, the strain on Stoke Mandeville is only set to increase. In the last couple of years, we have had fires at both Stoke and Wexham. Whilst these were dealt with quickly, they show a big flaw in mass centralisation of services. People have faced many difficulties since Wycombe lost Dr-led births, SCBU and our A&E (with associated wards/departments). Closing more departments/beds when they are overwhelmed and we have a growing population is unacceptable, and distance to services does make a difference. The UK already lags behind many countries in terms of bed numbers.

GP surgeries like Lynton must be given the resources to be open full time again and urgent action needs to be taken to ensure the recruitment, training and retention of staff. Step down wards like 5B should be reopened so that people on the health/social care borderline can be discharged when it is safe. Additional funding is needed for prevention and education, so that we can see the benefit later down the line.

Further hospital downgrades and dissemination of our NHS must be halted.

Buckinghamshire has received less funding for some time and is ahead when it comes to hospital downgrades/centralisation. Yet we are still expected to make millions of pounds of savings under the STP process?
Evidence shows that the NHS is the most cost effective, efficient health care system in the world. Whilst we continue to spend less of our GDP on health than our neighbours, I’m afraid concerns that the NHS is being deliberately set up for privatisation seem justified. Our last letter from the Department of Health mentioned £10bn going into the NHS however this has been disputed, including by the parliamentary Health Select Committee. There is evidence that investing in health results in economic growth [2]

A study at Oxford states that ‘30,000 excess deaths in 2015’ were ‘linked to cuts in health and social care’. [3]
It is time, as our MPs, that you truly champion our hospitals and NHS. I’m aware that an election has been called, but quite frankly this can’t wait until July/September and beyond.

On behalf of concerned residents of Buckinghamshire,


Miss Ozma Hafiz

Email: savewycombehospital@live.co.uk

Blog: www.savewycombehospital.co

[1] https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/no-further-downgrades-of-buckinghamshire-s-hospitals-including-community-hospitals

[2]  http://globalizationandhealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1744-8603-9-43

[3] http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2017-02-20-30000-excess-deaths-2015-linked-cuts-health-and-social-care

20 Comments for 20 Beds

20 overnight beds will be closing at Thame and Marlow Community Hospitals. Here are 20 comments, and a link to more.

*Far too many beds closed already within the Trust – Suzanne Busby

*We cannot afford to lose a single bed in Bucks NHS Trust. Increased housing in the area MUST put additional pressure on infrastructure and staff , coupled with cuts to care in the community in Bucks is putting the health of local residents at great risk. – Paul Shorten, Aylesbury

*Closing Marlow and Thame seems to go diametrically against the expressed intentions in the budget speech to put money in to ease bed blocking.  The facilities are already there.  Don’t close them now in order to replace them shortly after. There is already a FAR TOO GREAT RELIANCE ON AMBULANCES IN BUCKS! – Agneta Taylor

*Marlow community hospital has been fantastic many of my family have had to use it over the years. I still remember visiting my Grandma and she was having a chat with another old lady she knew from years ago. And a lady in another bed I worked with in Burgers. True community hospital.

What Marlow offers is a way for family to visit their relatives without having to arrange transport to another town. As people get older they don’t always drive. My aunt was able to walk daily to visit my Uncle with terminal cancer –  Claire Carter

*To whom it may concern ,
Why on earth are you closing hospitals when we desperately need extra beds especially in the rehabilitation  sector. Keeping beds in places like MARLOW Cottage Hospital would release scarce hospital beds. Please save MARLOW Cottage Hospital – Mary Roderick

*It is imperative that the above [Marlow Hospital] maintains its inpatient facility. – Rosemary Parfett

*Frankly, I find it absolutely appalling that our hospitals are being treated with such contempt.  It is as if we have no need of them in the real world.

Please DO NOT take away any more of our much-needed facilities at ANY hospitals.  All the staff I have met, and that is quite a few over the past twenty years or so, are so hard-working and dedicated – why are you trashing their efforts?

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT THE CORRECT FUNDING IS IN PLACE AND CURB THE ABYSMAL WASTE, which has been apparent from the instigation of the NHS, when my father took a position as a group accountant, in 1948.

Of course there will be too much demand on the remaining A & E departments, when silly people at the top, with their own agendas, keep thinking they know better and close those near to where people need them.  A degree of intelligence would not come amiss in our so-important NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE. Most sincerely, – Mrs Catherine Branson, Marlow

*Open everything back up again including A&E, like it used to be. I’m fed up with traveling 17 and a half miles away to go to hospital when Wycombe General Hospital is right on my door step – Robert Charles

*My concerns with the almost closure of Wycombe General Hospital is because with all the houses being built in and around High Wycombe, we need a Hospital close at hand, it has always covered not just for High Wycombe itself but a wide radius to include other towns and villages.
Something has to be done to keep it up and running to its highest potential. Please keep it open –Valerie Ryder, Downley

*Having had my medical insurance increase by 50 % all because I had cancer and required tests, a major operation and follow up care. I will not be lining the pockets of this evil company, ANY MORE!!! I have been doing so, for over 30 years, with hardly any claims!!! Where are “they” when you need “them”???

I have joined this campaign NOT just for me BUT EVERYONE who relies on the brilliant, totally over stretched NHS. – Jil Runge, Wheeler End

*For God’s sake will somebody in NHS Authority recognise that with increasing local population we need a full blown Hospital including A&E. – Ralph Briars

*Bucks Hospitals Trust has been systematically closing and downgrading hospitals for years. In Wycombe we have seen the removal of A&E, closure of maternity services and now the downgrading of Marlow’s cottage hospital. It’s got to stop – John Barlow

*Dr Geoff Payne and the NHS have consistently lied to the people of Wycombe and Marlow. The NHS and Overview and Scrutiny committee are not looking after the people of Buckinghamshire. All the Scrutiny committee are doing is agreeing with officials. It’s about
time Steve Baker woke up and started fighting for the people of Wycombe. He is there to serve the people of Wycombe – Terry Price

*In my 28 years nursing experience I have seen all too often when ignorant, politically motivated bureaucrats try to hoodwink the electorate into saying that closure of Community hospitals are for sound economic reasons. But in fact the truth is that they are usually, really much better value for money, regardless of all the benefits to patients, staff and local jobs. There are plenty of examples cited in the professional journals; Kings Fund, BMJ, Nursing Press etc – Rebecca P

*I needed one of these respite places some time ago but was kept for days in a specialist ward where I was bed-blocking because there was not a space available.  – C.J.L

*30 years ago the NHS had 300,000 hospital beds. It now has 150,000! Community hospitals provide REAL CARE!! – Sara P

*Elderlycare seems to be the first place where cuts are made, yet these people deserve to have a service close to them after contributing to the NHS all there lives – Dan L.

*Because I worked in a local community hospital and am in despair – Sheila M

*My father was in ward 5b at Wycombe Hospital. He received excellent care and now the ward is being closed. Unacceptable for a community of the size of Wycombe for this to happen! – Kevin S.

*Community Hospitals are essential, especially for the elderly. I know this little hospital and it’s first class. – Yvonne C

Our petition:  No further downgrades of Buckinghamshire’s hospitals – including community hospitals reached its 1000 signature target in under 2 days! Further comments can be found on the petition.

Email = savewycombehospital@live.co.uk

An Open Letter to Steve Baker MP


Dear Steve,
Approximately 11 months ago I sent you an image of a child at Stoke Mandeville on a makeshift bed made of two chairs put together. The image had already been on social media and I had permission to share it with you however it was a difficult image to attach.
It is upsetting to learn that Stoke Mandeville continues to be overwhelmed. In fact there have at times been calls for patients who can go home to do so and come back the next day. What has been done since that image was taken to make life easier for staff, patients and their families?

It is distressing knowing that the STP process will mean more hospitals will be downgrading. Hospitals like Huddersfield which serves a town/population not too dissimilar to ours. You can view how busy Huddersfield hospital is here: http://www.examiner.co.uk/…/revealed-huddersfield-ae-patien…
The continued downgrade of the busy Horton General will increase the strain on Oxford’s John Radcliffe. More operations at the JR were cancelled today: http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/…/15022188.HOSPITAL_CRISIS__Al…/ As more housing is being built, including Aylesbury’s garden village, the strain on Stoke Mandeville is only set to increase. In the last couple of years, we have had fires at both Stoke and Wexham. Whilst these were dealt with quickly, they show a big flaw in mass centralisation of services.

Please speak up for the other hospitals facing downgrades. You are aware of the many difficulties people face here since Wycombe lost Dr led births, SCBU and our A&E (with associated wards/departments). Closing more departments/beds when they are overwhelmed and we have a growing population is unacceptable, and distance to services does make a difference. I have attached an image showing how the UK compares with other countries in terms of bed numbers.

Please ensure the NHS gets the funding it needs. An example is HS2 money could be spent on the existing network and the NHS. (Also did the last budget really contain tax cuts at a time when there are NHS staff attending food banks?!)

Please ensure the Department of Health understands that Wycombe and surrounds needs its own fully functioning hospital here, and that that is reflected in any A&E redesign/refurbishment at Wexham Park. Urgent action also needs to be taken to ensure the recruitment, retention and training of staff.
Please ensure the NHS has funding so that busy GP surgeries like Lynton House can be open full time again. Currently the surgery is only open part time due to a lack of money. Any money earmarked for social care must be brought forward to reduce the burden on the NHS. Billions of pounds worth of cuts in social care have added to the strain. Step down wards like 5B should be reopened so that people on the health/social care borderline can be discharged when it is safe. Additional funding is needed for prevention and education, so that we can see the benefit later down the line.

Buckinghamshire has received less funding for some time and is ahead when it comes to hospital downgrades/centralisation. Yet we are still expected to make millions of pounds of savings under the STP process?

Our last letter to the Treasury was sadly referred to the Department of Health. I hope you will be able to take forward the points made: https://savewycombehospital.wordpress.com/…/an-open-letter…/

Evidence shows that the NHS is the most cost effective, efficient health care system in the world. Yet we spend less of our GDP on health than many EU countries. I’m told that the NHS doesn’t fit everyone’s ideology. If this is the case then it’s OK to look at the evidence and have an exception.

A sign change to an urgent care centre simply isn’t good enough. If Wycombe is to have an urgent care centre, it should be next door to an A&E department so that patients can be triaged accordingly. I appreciate that you commissioned consultants Durrow to advise you on Wycombe hospital. However you must accept that their involvement in the downgrades of Wycombe made it unlikely that they would advocate the return of full maternity and A&E to Wycombe hospital. Their use of ‘casualty department’ for what is essentially a minor injuries unit showed a severe lack of understanding of public conceptions and needs.
I look forward to seeing you as our MP, truly champion our hospital, county, and NHS.




Dear Steve,

Thank you for your letter. As you’ve mentioned the Bucks Free Press more than once, I will respond to some of the issues raised.

This is also a request that you act urgently to halt our STP and ensure that our NHS gets the funding it deserves. At the very least there should be a full, proper consultation on the whole of our STP including the removal of beds at Marlow and Thame. We engaged fully with the ‘Community Hub’ sessions and bed closures weren’t explicitly discussed.

In fact, this letter could be filled with how the NHS was engaged with by me in the last year alone, let alone by others. But In short, with your comment about participation, you’re very much mistaken.

The campaign continues to receive support from across the political spectrum and I continue to update our Facebook group with any public meetings I’m aware of (as I have done for years). However, over the incredibly important issue of health, surely as our elected representative you should work with anyone in your constituency, regardless of whether they are of a different political persuasion. As you know there are many people who support the return of services to Wycombe, including politicians, scientists and doctors.

There are many points raised in the letter which you didn’t address.

 You talk about cardiac and stroke care, which we already have. But ‘The College of Emergency Medicine, which represents A&E doctors, said it never believed that the massive centralisation of services was justified clinically’

What evidence is there that services such as respiratory, gastro etc. are actually performing better since moving to Stoke?

 Unfortunately, you and I know that changes aren’t always clinically led. Last year, we lost certain vascular procedures despite a successful rotation with Oxford and evidence of good/better outcomes in Wycombe. Our local HASC scrutiny committee has once again failed to refer an important matter to the Health Secretary. I’m still hopeful they will. Other hospitals have certainly benefitted from their scrutiny committee’s referrals in the past.

I want to provide reassurance that I’m not asking for cardiac treatment to go back to a time before I was born.

As our MP, you’re right you do have access to officials. Perhaps you could publish the minutes of these meetings.  My understanding was that the NHS was keen to get a consistency of message as to what an Urgent Care Centre does. I’m afraid I’m yet to come across what you describe as an Urgent Care Centre, links to this information would be useful – certainly the Urgent Care Centre in Maidenhead is a Minor Injuries Unit without a CSRU.  Heart attack and Stroke aren’t listed in on the NHS choices website as being treated by UCCs, and the 2015 built QEII UCC seems to have a different set up to what you describe.

-What reassurances can you give us that cardiac and stroke services will still be in Wycombe in 5-10 years time, and not centralised e.g. to Oxford?

-What are the future plans for the Tower Block area?

-Where do you envisage your model of ‘urgent care centre’ being set up? Will it all fit into our PFI building? Who will run it?

-Where would the extra GPs come from? Would a GP surgery have to close?

Surely having learned about the difficulties people have faced you recognise that things like not having the excellent children’s ward open 24/7 is insufficient for our growing population needs?

 The Durrow report says ‘Nor do they imply that the range of patients treated at Wycombe will be expanded’, so although it is appreciated that the services would be slightly more integrated, I’m sure we can be forgiven for calling it a sign change. With all due respect, you can pose outside an Urgent Care Centre before the next election but you won’t be thanked for it. As I have said before, we all deserve better, including you.

 You’re right, my intentions are pure, however there is more than ‘noble’ intentions behind this campaign and support only continues to grow because these downgrades have affected and continue to affect real people in your constituency.

 Not providing people with misleading information is very important, which is why on more than one occasion I have contacted you directly with regards to errors on your literature sent through the letter box.

I believe the letter sent to you showed an understanding of the challenges the NHS faces, hence why it included points about the urgent recruitment, training and retention staff etc.

I look forward to receiving answers to the questions and we are happy to look at journals with you. All I’ve ever wanted is for our MP to champion our needs and I’ve mentioned before that I wish to engage with you constructively. It’s time to step up and ensure that you make it clear to the Department of Health and the Treasury, that the people of Wycombe and surrounds deserve, and need, better.  The NHS is headed in the wrong direction with mass closures. People we have worked with through SOHS/Marlow PAG are already being impacted by the ‘pilot’ at their community hospital.  Please act urgently.

Whilst we continue to spend less of our GDP on health than our neighbours, I’m afraid concerns that the NHS is being deliberately set up for privatisation seem justified.

I attach a letter sent to local Councillors, so that you can read more about the community hospital ‘pilots’, facts like the cancelled operations at the John Radcliffe over the winter, and quotes from notable NHS figures. https://savewycombehospital.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/marlow-and-thame-pilots-letter-to-councillors/

Kind regards,



SB reply May17

We will be going back with numbered questions. Many remain unanswered.