While work progresses on the ‘mini-refurbishment’ of Finsbury Health Centre past the deadline claimed earlier, the NHS Islington board quietly had its last meeting on 31 March. Unsurprisingly SaveFHC wasn’t invited to the valedictory shindig the night before… In the meantime, the website for NHS Islington continues to operate without mentioning that decision-making has now devolved to the North Central London NHS. Their website, with papers and meetings can be found here.
The consultation about relocating Orthotics and Biomechanics to Hornsey St closes this Wednesday. The consultation papers and questionnaire can be viewed and filled out here. While we recognise that offering these services only at FHC is a burden to people who live in the far north of Islington, there is no reason why appointments couldn’t be offered in two places – this option is not offered but please write in with comments. In the meantime, we have received increasing numbers of reports of people feeling forced to have physio at Hornsey Street because of the lack of appointments available at FHC. If this has happened to you, please tell us, but also make sure you make a formal complaint – this can be done online here.
The Finsbury Health Centre Community Trust signed a constitution to form a formal Building Preservation Trust last Monday with a jolly toast at St Clements Church in Kings Square, and is now in the process of filing with Companies House.
Lanlsey’s bill in trouble
Over the weekend, the headlines were all about a retreat in the Telegraph and Independent – so far it looks like only few semantic changes, as lampooned on 1 April by the Health Services Journal in an article which sounded all too true! As well as the overwhelming condemnation of the reforms by professional, patient and local bodies (and even David Owen), ministers may have been rattled by the various street auctions of health services organised by NHS Direct Action, and this particularly spectacular die-in last Friday in front of the Department of Health. The 38 Degrees petition already has 250,000 signatures, and there is another going on in combination which automatically sends your signature to your MP. If you haven’t already, make sure you add your voice to the groundswell of protest.
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