UKIP candidate claims lack of objectivity over hospital review

David Meacock

David Meacock

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

UKIP'S prospective Parliamentary candidate has claimed a study into ways to improve High Wycombe's health services will not be objective.

David Meacock, who will be attempting to get Wycombe residents' votes at next year's General Election, said a study launched by Steve Baker MP will not be neutral because the consultancy firm who will carry it out is led by two people who previously oversaw controversial changes at the town's hospital.

Wycombe's Labour group last week pointed out Durrow's senior leaders are Ruth Harrison and Derek Smith.

Ms Harrison oversaw controversial changes at Wycombe Hospital which led to A&E and maternity services moving to Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Mr Meacock said: "This study will fail to address the biggest problem facing the NHS: too much demand caused by uncontrolled immigration. Having said that, any contribution to consideration of the best way of providing the services local people want and need is to be welcomed in principle.

"Experienced politicians, however, know that studies like this need not only to be objective, but just as importantly, they need to be seen to be objective.

"Sadly this consideration appears to have been overlooked with now a perfectly understandable fear that the required neutrality reasonably expected of such a study could be potentially compromised by the authors seeking to justify the actions they oversaw. I shall await publication of this report with interest."

Mr Baker told the Bucks Free Press last week the report would be published on his website in the autumn.

He said: "I am aware that Ruth Harrison was involved in the changes we suffered under Labour but to suggest she was the driving force is to fail to understand how the NHS and the health professions have changed over the years.

"It’s very easy to blame the officials who deliver policy but the fact is that policy emerges from politics and expert advice. I was not prepared to ignore a potential solution to the problem of urgent care at small hospitals just because Labour would have a line of attack."

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7:08pm Thu 7 Aug 14

frackellgirl says...

It is sad to see the way that the NHS is going, but I am sure that there are many ways of cutting down on costs which would not involve a reduction in care and services.
My husband was booked in to have a knee replacement at High Wycombe Hospital. At one of the pre-ops he was given a "Patient Guide for Knees". This book was printed on high quality paper, it consisted of 66 pages, spiral bound and apart from essential information regarding the op. itself, contained several pages relating to hospital policy and information about "Preparation for your hospital stay". This stated such gems as "have your house ready for your arrival back home", "clean and do the laundry and put it away", "put clean sheets on the bed", "prepare meals and freeze them in single serving containers", "cut the grass, tend to the garden and other necessary outside work", etc.
There follows a blow by blow account of every detail regarding the op. and what happens afterwards. The exercise regime is shown using photos of real people.
Due to the waiting list my husband was transferred to the private sector, where instead of a 66 page book with a lot of patronising, obvious advice, he was given five pages, stapled together, printed on both sides showing drawings of people doing the exercises and giving useful information about the knee replacement only.
The cost of the NHS book compared to the few sheets from the private hospital, must be astronomical. I bet it's printed in God knows how many languages as well!
If these books are printed for every operation what a waste of money!
Speaking to several of the patients who had their ops at Wycombe, they were very pleased with the treatment they received as was my husband with his treatment at the private hospital.
Cutting down costs on providing a lot of superfluous information would save money. Also the NHS should adopt a tougher stance on people claiming treatment when they are not entitled to it.
It is sad to see the way that the NHS is going, but I am sure that there are many ways of cutting down on costs which would not involve a reduction in care and services. My husband was booked in to have a knee replacement at High Wycombe Hospital. At one of the pre-ops he was given a "Patient Guide for Knees". This book was printed on high quality paper, it consisted of 66 pages, spiral bound and apart from essential information regarding the op. itself, contained several pages relating to hospital policy and information about "Preparation for your hospital stay". This stated such gems as "have your house ready for your arrival back home", "clean and do the laundry and put it away", "put clean sheets on the bed", "prepare meals and freeze them in single serving containers", "cut the grass, tend to the garden and other necessary outside work", etc. There follows a blow by blow account of every detail regarding the op. and what happens afterwards. The exercise regime is shown using photos of real people. Due to the waiting list my husband was transferred to the private sector, where instead of a 66 page book with a lot of patronising, obvious advice, he was given five pages, stapled together, printed on both sides showing drawings of people doing the exercises and giving useful information about the knee replacement only. The cost of the NHS book compared to the few sheets from the private hospital, must be astronomical. I bet it's printed in God knows how many languages as well! If these books are printed for every operation what a waste of money! Speaking to several of the patients who had their ops at Wycombe, they were very pleased with the treatment they received as was my husband with his treatment at the private hospital. Cutting down costs on providing a lot of superfluous information would save money. Also the NHS should adopt a tougher stance on people claiming treatment when they are not entitled to it. frackellgirl
  • Score: 4

7:43pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

Why is this person who ever he might be or where ever he might be coming from or heading to is trying to repeat the same comments already known to the general public. He is a bit late isn't he trying to tell us that the study is going to bear no fruit as the "two seeds" conducting it are already rotten bad!
Why is this person who ever he might be or where ever he might be coming from or heading to is trying to repeat the same comments already known to the general public. He is a bit late isn't he trying to tell us that the study is going to bear no fruit as the "two seeds" conducting it are already rotten bad! Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: 6

9:54am Fri 8 Aug 14

CatherineAB says...

If Mr Meacock is correct, and I have no reason to assume otherwise, surely the only way to achieve a true picture, is to employ completely independent persons to conduct the survey.
Unfortunately, we, the public, are cynical as to motives behind this inquiry, as we have discovered, over the years, that the authorities will do as they wish, regardless of local needs and wishes.
Removing A & E from Wycombe Hospital has been a total and expensive mistake, so anyone connected with that should have NO dealings with future decisions.
If Mr Meacock is correct, and I have no reason to assume otherwise, surely the only way to achieve a true picture, is to employ completely independent persons to conduct the survey. Unfortunately, we, the public, are cynical as to motives behind this inquiry, as we have discovered, over the years, that the authorities will do as they wish, regardless of local needs and wishes. Removing A & E from Wycombe Hospital has been a total and expensive mistake, so anyone connected with that should have NO dealings with future decisions. CatherineAB
  • Score: 2

8:12pm Fri 8 Aug 14

faircuppa says...

CatherineAB wrote:
If Mr Meacock is correct, and I have no reason to assume otherwise, surely the only way to achieve a true picture, is to employ completely independent persons to conduct the survey.
Unfortunately, we, the public, are cynical as to motives behind this inquiry, as we have discovered, over the years, that the authorities will do as they wish, regardless of local needs and wishes.
Removing A & E from Wycombe Hospital has been a total and expensive mistake, so anyone connected with that should have NO dealings with future decisions.
Mr Meacock was a County Councillor at the time of Shaping Our Health Services, lets see which way he voted?
[quote][p][bold]CatherineAB[/bold] wrote: If Mr Meacock is correct, and I have no reason to assume otherwise, surely the only way to achieve a true picture, is to employ completely independent persons to conduct the survey. Unfortunately, we, the public, are cynical as to motives behind this inquiry, as we have discovered, over the years, that the authorities will do as they wish, regardless of local needs and wishes. Removing A & E from Wycombe Hospital has been a total and expensive mistake, so anyone connected with that should have NO dealings with future decisions.[/p][/quote]Mr Meacock was a County Councillor at the time of Shaping Our Health Services, lets see which way he voted? faircuppa
  • Score: 1

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