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19 September 2017

The governing body of Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is set to approve stricter criteria for access to specified surgical procedures at its meeting tomorrow (20th September). The meeting at Holbrook House, Cockfosters, is open to the public and starts at 12:30pm.  Campaigners are planning to congregate outside the building from 11:30am to show their disgust at reductions the availability of NHS services masquerading as "clinically evidenced" changes. The poster used to.......

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22 August 2017

Last week I reported on a very well attended meeting on 15th August in opposition to proposed cutbacks in the availability of procedures on the NHS (the so-called Adherence to Evidence-Based Medicine process).  I've now received a much more detailed account of the meeting, written by Frances Warboys of Defend Enfield NHS.  As well as providing more information about what was said, it shows the value of being able to take shorthand notes! Note:  The article was edited on 24th.......

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16 August 2017

150 people turned out for Tuesday's meeting at the Beaumont - you had to be early to get a seatEnfield residents at a meeting this week called on NHS commissioners in the borough to withdraw proposed new restrictions on the provision of knee replacements, hearing aids, breast reconstruction, hernia operations and several other medical procedures.  Speakers at the meeting queried the "evidence base" for the proposals and expressed the view that the cumulative "deficit".......

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13 August 2017

 Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are seeking volunteers to help them develop new requirements for musculoskeletal, urology and gynaecology services.  The information below is taken from the CCG's website. Enfield CCG is working with the Royal Free Hospital to develop a new set of pathways and service specification for Integrated Musculoskeletal Services, Urology and Gynaecology servicesWe are planning a series of meetings from September which will be clinically led to.......

08 August 2017

Come to the Forum meeting at Beaumont Care Home, Cannon Hill, Southgate, Tuesday 15 August, 10am for 10.30 start. It is almost opposite the Cherry Tree pub. Our Enfield NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) - the people who decide if, when and how we are treated for medical problems - plan to save money by forcing all patients to wait longer for medical attention. Of all the CCGs in London, Enfield has been selected as the trail-blazer, the pace-setter, for what the local health bosses call.......

18 July 2017

Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has decided to continue funding three "primary care access hubs" but not to commission a fourth hub to serve the north east of the borough.  The hubs, which can be used by any patient registered at a practice in Enfield, provide GP services between 6.30pm and 8pm on weekdays and between 8am and 8pm at weekends. Because weekday evening appointments have proved the most popular, the CCG is arranging to switch some appointments from Sundays to.......

13 July 2017

In response to my report on the meeting at Park Lodge Medical Centre about its planned closure later this year, a reader from Grange Park has asked me to publish a copy of a letter she wrote to one of the partners at Winchmore Hill Practice.

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12 July 2017

NHS wellwishers were up bright and early (6 am) on 5th July to celebrate the 69th birthday of the National Health Service as staff streamed into Barnet Hospital for the morning shift.

12 July 2017

Campaigners against proposals to restrict access to some medical procedures on the NHS are holding a public meeting on 15th August.

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05 July 2017

Healthwatch Enfield has written to Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) recommending that the CCG suspend any decision making regarding increasing thresholds for access to certain medical procedures. The letter, sent last week and published on the Healthwatch Enfield website, summarises the feedback gathered at the various consultation meetings that it organised to discuss the CCG's proposals concerning "Application of Evidence Based Medicine" (see earlier reporting on Palmers Green.......

01 July 2017

The chairs of four out of five Healthwatch bodies in North Central London, including the chair of Healthwatch Enfield, have written a strongly worded letter to the Secretary of State for Health complaining about the scale of cuts to local NHS services being planned and the secrecy with which the planning work is being carried out.  They say that they consider the proposed cuts a "threat to patient safety".  In fact, they believe that patient safety in their boroughs is already being.......

01 July 2017

Patients attending meetings at Park Lodge Medical Centre in Old Park Road have been briefed about plans to transfer all its services to a surgery in Winchmore Hill, probably in late 2017. The GP partners from Winchmore Hill Practice, who are now also the partners at Park Lodge, have provided PGC with a document giving answers to questions which they have received from patients at meetings (see the box at the end of this article)Winchmore Hill Practice is housed in modern purpose-built premises.......

28 June 2017

Park Lodge Medical Centre in Old Park Road is to close and its services will be transferred to the Winchmore Hill Practice (located at 808 Green Lanes and also known as the Green Lanes Surgery). Patients registered at Park Lodge can be seen at Green Lanes or opt to transfer to a different practice. The closure date is not yet known, but patients (and carers) at both practices are being invited to "stakeholder meetings", to be held at Green Lanes on Thursday 29th June at 7pm and at Park Lodge on.......

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24 June 2017

With the new Chase Farm Hospital on the horizon, children’s services on the site will be changing following a consultation and evaluation about how and when they are used. This work has been led by Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and will see changes to the way paediatric urgent care is delivered to best meet the needs of local children.

21 June 2017

A document leaked to the Guardian newspaper has revealed the "devastating" scale of cuts that are being proposed for NHS services in the five North Central London boroughs - Enfield, Barnet, Haringey, Camden and Islington.

16 June 2017

A group set up last year to defend NHS services in Enfield is calling on members of the public to sign a petition demanding that health secretary Jeremy Hunt reveals the plans that are being drawn up to slash expenditure on the NHS in Enfield and throughout north London. Defend Enfield NHS (DENHS) point out that "North Central London" is among the areas selected to be first to implement a "capped expenditure process".  At present clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in this area,.......

04 June 2017

The final consultation meeting to discuss proposals to restrict access to specified NHS operations and other procedures will be held at the Ruth Winston Centre on 23rd June.

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25 April 2017

Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group has cancelled all briefings and consultation events relating to its proposals to tighten access to particular clinical procedures until after the General Election

05 April 2017

The deadline for commenting on controversial proposals to introduce measures to limit access to certain medical procedures in Enfield has been extended until 31 May.  A meeting at the end of March clearly showed the level of public disquiet about what is being planned.  I would recommend anyone concerned about the future of the NHS to attend one of the newly arranged consultation meetings. Consultation meetings Monday 24 April 2017, 6-7:30pm, Holbrook House, Cockfosters Road, EN4.......

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27 March 2017

The national charity Action on Hearing Loss has joined the campaign against proposals by the Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group to restrict access to some medical procedures and has issued a press release - see the box below. Action on Hearing Loss has issued a leaflet about the Enfield campaign explaining the reasons for their campaign and advising the public how to respond.  Please note that the deadline for responding to the consultation is now the end of April, not March as stated in.......