Planned Surgery Cancelled to Free Hospital Beds for Winter Surge

From reports by The Guardian" and also the BBC we learn that hospitals have been instructed to some planned operations to free up hospital beds for an expected surge in in-patients over the winter months. As yet we have no information about the application of this instruction locally.

Reading Borough Consultation on Future of Local Healthwatch

Reading Borough Council are seeking views from people who use health and social care services, to understand the likely impact of commissioning a single Local Healthwatch for Reading and Wokingham.

Fiona Wise is new lead for WeBOB STP

Fiona Wise is the new executive lead of the Western Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Sustainable Transformation Partnership. Ms Wise has extensive experience leading several NHS trusts.

NHS funding in 2017 Autumn Budget Based on "Fantasy" - Patients' Association

Responding to Wednesday's Budget statement, Rachel Power, Chief Executive of the Patients Association, said: “Patients, their families and carers will not have been reassured by the Chancellor’s commitments in this week's Budget."

Macmillan Cancer Bus in Reading 14th and 16th November 2017

The Macmillan Cancer Information bus - Bertie - will be in Reading this week.

On Tuesday 14th November from 10am to 4pm it will be at Tesco (Oxford Road/Portman Road) at the Portman Road side.

On Thursday 16th November from 10am to 4pm it will be in Broad Street, Reading.

No appointment necessary - come along with your questions and talk to friendly specialists.

Primary Care Commissioning Committee meets on Wednesday, 13th December at 1pm at Berkshire Maestros

The Primary Care Commissioning Committee for Berkshire West meets in public at 1pm on Wednesday, 13th September at the Berkshire Maestros building, Prospect School, Cockney Hill, Reading.

Concern over the State of Care in the NHS - November 2017

With the budget approaching we have a plethora of reports of the acute need for additional funding if the NHS is to continue as we know it.

The target for 92% of patients referred for treatment should receive it within 18 weeks has been assigned low priority since March 2017. It had not been achieved for over a year and controlling hospital deficits has higher priority in the current constrained position.

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