SOLIHULL Hospital’s “Executive Director” Claire Molloy is being disingenuous when she says that there are “no concrete plans for change at the moment” (Solihull News), and must think that we, the users of the facilities at Solihull, are blind and deaf to what is going on.
There are signs in many parts of the hospital that change is afoot, and members of staff are concerned about their futures as plans are being pushed forward to close units, downgrade services and considerably alter what is available.
As an example, my husband is a patient of Ward 10, which is run by the Community Mental Health Team, who provide mental health services for older people.
During the course of our visit this week, we were told that Ward 10 is being closed, and that the consultants have been instructed, by their managers, to discharge at least half of their patients back to the care of their GPs.
Appointment times are to be reduced from 30 minutes to 15 and these will be made by non medical staff who are going to be allowed access to electronic diaries, taking away the consultant’s autonomy.
There’s been nothing in the paper about this, no consultation exercise, no hint that this very useful service to the most vulnerable in our society is being reduced, and this is happening now. If you are old and need emergency treatment you are taken to Heartlands Hospital, where my mother lost two stones in weight during an admission lasting less than a month.
I dread anything happening to my husband or mother. I have a full time job and need to work, but I could imagine having to maintain a 24 hour vigil if either of them were hospitalised.
The impending closure of Ward 10 is another nail in the coffin. I would like to ask Ms Molloy how many non medical staff are being made redundant in this trust?
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SHIRLEY Advance had planning permission granted in 2006 and failed to deliver anything regarding Parkgate.
Along with subsequent Tory, Lib Dem and Labour partner administrations Shirley Advance has presided over the decline of Shirley high street for the past five years.
Shirley Advance now boast on their website that work on Parkgate starts in 2012 and it is due for completion in 2013. But when is it to start in 2012 and what will happen when? What are the interim parking arrangements?
As well as an oversized single destination Asda store Shirley Advance are promising “around 20” other new shops. Well who is coming to Shirley then?
No doubt Shirley Advance will claim they are “working on it” but they have had nearly 10 years already - they should know what they intend to do by now!
Councillor Howard Allen, Green Party, Shirley West Ward
Get on with it
ENOUGH is enough! It is now time for Drovs (Don’t Realistically Offer Viable Solutions) to accept that, having succeeded in getting Sainsbury’s to revise their Dorridge store plans their work is done and it is now time to get the development started, stop the rot and bring life back to the area.
Sue Blakeman via e-mail
SO your anonymous correspondent is upset having his Sunday peace shattered by ‘..a Brummie whine.. one of the worst regional accents we have in this country’ (Letters).
Surely the accent of the peace disturber should be irrelevant and in any event who says the Brummie accent is one of the worst?
Do I take it that your correspondent would object less if “scrap iron” was shouted with an Oxford accent, or in the fashionable ‘Estuary English’, or even with the Celtic tang?
I feel the letter shows more than a little sign of ‘speech snobbery’. And lest it be suspected that I am a ‘Brummie’ I was in fact born within the sound of St Alphege bells, and am therefore proud to be a true Silhillian but have no objections to being addressed in ‘Brummie’.
Rob Brooke, Wilsons Road, Knowle
WILL someone please explain why those folk who have a vehicle awarded to them on whatever medical grounds they are unfortunate to have incurred, do not pay for the road fund licence on the taxpayer funded and maintained transport?
CP Young, Faircroft Rd, Castle Bromwich