Call for Full Overarching Review of NHS Services

November 2, 2016 1:14 PM
By Adam Wain

As the NHS continues to make the headlines with concerns over funding and the delivery of the service, regional Vice-Chair Phil Knowles makes a direct plea to the Health Select Committee in Westminster. The following is a copy of the email that he sent.


For the kind attention of Members of the Health Select Committee.

From possible night time closures of certain A&E services to response times for Ambulances. Waiting times for operations, closure of heart service units to bed blocking, GP services, domiciliary care, social care and much more. Interlinked services where problems and difficulties in one area impacts on the ability to deliver care and service provision in other sectors.

There has to be a full and overarching review on all of this, the responsibilities, interactions and the finances? The NHS problems urgently need to be fully addressed and resolved.

The problems that are highlighted almost on a daily basis will not, I feel, be solved by taking them each in isolation or in a simple departmentalised way.

It is, I suggest, time for the Secretary of State to agree to set up a full and overarching review. I would respectfully urge the members of the Health Select Committee to support the organising of such an overarching review and give the NHS a chance to thrive and not just a hope to survive

Kind regards
Phil Knowles
07710 026392