Group Meeting Wednesday 27th November 2013

We will be meeting between 6pm and 7:30pm on Wednesday, 27th November at the University Health Centre, 9, Northcourt Avenue, Reading RG2 7HE

RNIB finds concern that patients are losing sight through delay in treatment

A survey of staff working in eye clinics across England by the RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind) found that 41% of respondents were concerned that some patients were losing their sight unnecessarily through delays in treatment and in follow up care due to capacity problems.

Self Care Week - Broad Street Mall, Reading

The week starting 17th November was Self Care Week. On Friday Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust had a stall which provided answers to questions about carers' rights.

NHS Special Administrator Powers May Be Extended to Neighbours of Failing Trusts

In a rushed vote on a provision added to the Care Bill at the last minute, on Monday 21st October, the House of Lords has voted to extend the powers of unelected Special Administrators appointed to fix failing trusts to reconfigure services at neighbouring trusts without extensive consultation.

Royal Berkshire Hospital in First Wave of Inspections by CQC

The Care Quality Commission has made a preliminary review of all 161 NHS acute hospital trusts to determine in what order to inspect them and has placed the Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust in the first group to be inspected. RBH scored (just) in the highest risk group of 44 trusts out of 161

Government seeks more powers to close Hospitals and A&E units

It is reported that Government amendments tabled in Pariament today to the Care Bill - due to have its third reading in the Lords on Monday - give the Government or Monitor the right to order any hospital they like to ‘reconfigure’ - in other words, close - with little consultation, to benefit neighbouring struggling hospitals. Can it be such a little time from "no decision about me without me" to this?

Meeting Wednesday 30th October 2013

We will be meeting between 6pm and 7:30pm on Wednesday, 30th October at the University Health Centre, 9, Northcourt Avenue, Reading RG2 7HE.

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