Welcome to the Dacorum Patients Group We are a group of local residents working to ensure patients have a truly independent voice in healthcare.
Welcome to the Dacorum Patients Group
We are a group of local residents working to ensure patients have a truly independent voice in healthcare.
A message from our Chair, Kevin Minier, December 2016
I am committed to increasing the patient (resident) voice of Dacorum on health
and care matters. This involves increasing communications with the public and
building the role of critical friend/partner with the Herts valley Clinical
Commissioning Group (HVCCG) and the wider health and social care community of
the Sustainability Transformation Area (Hertfordshire and West Essex), the
Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) and the Dacorum Borough Council (DBC),
Hertfordshire HealthWatch (HwH) and the various service providers and third
sector/voluntary organisations. I am also committed to supporting the GP
Surgeries through the Patient and Participation Groups across Dacorum and the
wider Patient Practice Group Network.
Investment in Health and Social Care in West Hertfordshire and Dacorum in particular has been insufficient over many years resulting in buildings that are unfit for purpose and services which are inadequate and inefficient. The current acute reconfiguration option proposed by HVCCG Your Care Your Future programme of refurbishment of Watford and St Albans Hospital with new development if possible will not provide sustainable (cost-effective) acute services that meet even current NHS standards. This very limited option is being put forward because the health authorities are not willing to put the investment into West Hertfordshire that is required to sustainably service the health needs of the population of West Hertfordshire.
There are two petitions asking the public about the need for a West Hertfordshire acute reconfiguration. One prepared by Mike Penning MP for Hemel Hempstead and one prepared in cooperation by PPG/DHAG, they are both intended to raise the plight of West Hertfordshire in Parliament to highlight the need for investment in West Hertfordshire health services and obtain the required funding. I encourage everybody to respond to both these petitions and to encourage their contacts to do so as well.
NEW HOSPITAL CAMPAIGN
CAMPAIGN FOR NEW HOSPITAL WINS SUPPORT OF PUBLIC
See News report here.
information please contact: Edie Glatter on 01442 254447 or 07931 567239
We are committed to:
Collecting, sampling and quantifying patients' views, wishes and concerns about local NHS delivery in the Dacorum area
Presenting any findings regarding patients' views to the local NHS services
Ensuring that the patients voice is heard on all health matters
Always keeping patient needs at the heart of any discussion
Working with practice Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) as much as possible
Identifying and spreading best patient management practice between GP practices
Identifying and raising any areas of local concern
Ensuring that patient's needs are central to any healthcare decisions
Membership is free and is open to any Dacorum resident or anyone registered with a Dacorum GP. We meet monthly and our members are involved in practice PPGs, local health committees and other health working groups. We also represent patients at Herts Valleys CCG meetings and public forums.
Dacorum Patients Group
Latest minutes here.