Public input sought for council's 'urgent healthcare' inquiry

Bucks Free Press: Cllr Wassell with the petitions that helped spark the inquiry Cllr Wassell with the petitions that helped spark the inquiry

A GROUP of councillors will be looking into the state of urgent healthcare services in the county at a meeting next week - and public input is being sought.

The review was agreed after a nearly 16,000 strong petition, calling for a probe into A&E at Stoke Mandeville, was spearheaded by Cllr Julia Wassell last summer.

Buckinghamshire County Council's Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee (HASC) has the responsibility of calling to account the county's health services, and part of this remit is make sure that urgent healthcare services in the county are fit for purpose.

This refers to refers to all NHS services that are accessed by the public without a prior appointment, including the 111 telephone service, GP out-of-hours services, 999 emergency call services, ambulance services, and the A&E and minor injury units that receive urgent cases as part of the 'urgent care pathway' in Bucks.

Cllr Wassell said this week: "I think it's good the petition which attracted 16,000 signatures for an inquiry into A&E, and that has resulted in this enquiry into urgent pathways.

"It's very urgent for the public to attend this meeting."

The meeting takes place at County Hall in Aylesbury at 1pm on January 28.

Cllr Wassell said anyone who is unable to get to the venue due to transport issues could contact her, as she would try to arrange lifts where possible. She can be contacted on 01494 527128 or at jwassell@buckscc.gov.uk

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9:14am Fri 24 Jan 14

miccles says...

I wish Cllr Wassell all the luck with this one.
However, unfortunately I know with "Councillors and NHS staff" involved, decisions have already been made, and the answer is already looking at us in the face, ie NO CHANGE.
I wish Cllr Wassell all the luck with this one. However, unfortunately I know with "Councillors and NHS staff" involved, decisions have already been made, and the answer is already looking at us in the face, ie NO CHANGE. miccles
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9:36am Fri 24 Jan 14

MunsterX says...

Yes, we all know that decisions are not going to be reversed.

But a great opportunity for some meetings and expense claims...after all a packet of fags costs £8 so it must be tough getting by as a councillor these days.
Yes, we all know that decisions are not going to be reversed. But a great opportunity for some meetings and expense claims...after all a packet of fags costs £8 so it must be tough getting by as a councillor these days. MunsterX
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2:55pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Scarletto says...

I'd like to attend this meeting and hope others will too. Let Wycombe area residents show they feel strongly about loss of its A&E and the painful and possibly life threatening delays to now reach Stoke M with the injured or ill.
Too few signed Cllr Wassell's petition. Apathy by too many.
I'd like to attend this meeting and hope others will too. Let Wycombe area residents show they feel strongly about loss of its A&E and the painful and possibly life threatening delays to now reach Stoke M with the injured or ill. Too few signed Cllr Wassell's petition. Apathy by too many. Scarletto
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3:00pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Scarletto says...

It's a great pity the article does not say when the meeting is! I think it is on Tuesday.
It's a great pity the article does not say when the meeting is! I think it is on Tuesday. Scarletto
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8:08am Sat 25 Jan 14

demoness the second says...

So where were you Ms Wassell years ago when this was first on the cards? Why were you not drumming up support then?
So where were you Ms Wassell years ago when this was first on the cards? Why were you not drumming up support then? demoness the second
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