Speak up about health services

Bournemouth Echo: READY TO DELIVER: Chief executive of Help and Care, Mark Sharman READY TO DELIVER: Chief executive of Help and Care, Mark Sharman

A NEW organisation designed to give people a stronger voice over health services has launched.

Healthwatch has come into being across England with the intention of giving people more opportunities to challenge and influence how health and social care services are planned and run.

They will also provide information about services and help people who want to make a complaint about NHS provision.

In Dorset, a new partnership between three organisations – Help and Care, Citizens Advice and Dorset Race Equality Council – has been chosen to deliver the new service across the county.

Mark Sharman, chief executive of Help and Care, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been selected by Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth Councils to deliver Healthwatch in this area.

“Our model for Healthwatch is based on having a strong network – of individual people and voluntary, statutory and private organisations who share an interest in the health and wellbeing of the people of Dorset and a passion for bringing about positive change.

“A key element of Healthwatch will be our ‘Healthwatch Champions’, an army of volunteers who want to make a difference to how local health and social care services are designed and run.”

To launch the network of champions, Healthwatch is hosting five events across the country on April 11, with the closest to Dorset being in Taunton.

Healthwatch is also welcoming applications for non-executive directors to its board.

For more details, visit healthwatchdorset.co.uk, call 0300 111 0102, or look the organisation up on Facebook and Twitter.

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11:21pm Sat 6 Apr 13

verityvita says...

More privitisation by stealth of the NHS, and no-one says a word against it! How much does this Ltd company pay Mark Sharman and others involved as a wage, for instance?
More privitisation by stealth of the NHS, and no-one says a word against it! How much does this Ltd company pay Mark Sharman and others involved as a wage, for instance? verityvita
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7:24am Sun 7 Apr 13

Phixer says...

verityvita wrote:
More privitisation by stealth of the NHS, and no-one says a word against it! How much does this Ltd company pay Mark Sharman and others involved as a wage, for instance?
Did you bother to read the article above or does your socilaist dogma get in the way of the truth?

What is described above is a service which I, as a taxpayer, can use to complain that the NHS only works mon-fri and is rife with redundant middle managers.

You ask what Mr Sharman is paid; tell us how much RBCH is paying its managers.

We expect the NHS to provide a service to all without payment; some of us pay tax but do not have a say in how it is used. I don't see any problem in services being privatised if they are more efficient than nationalisation which suffers so much from poilitical dogma and inexperience.

When the NHS and GPs provide a service evenings or a Saturday then I may swing my support back to the NHS.
[quote][p][bold]verityvita[/bold] wrote: More privitisation by stealth of the NHS, and no-one says a word against it! How much does this Ltd company pay Mark Sharman and others involved as a wage, for instance?[/p][/quote]Did you bother to read the article above or does your socilaist dogma get in the way of the truth? What is described above is a service which I, as a taxpayer, can use to complain that the NHS only works mon-fri and is rife with redundant middle managers. You ask what Mr Sharman is paid; tell us how much RBCH is paying its managers. We expect the NHS to provide a service to all without payment; some of us pay tax but do not have a say in how it is used. I don't see any problem in services being privatised if they are more efficient than nationalisation which suffers so much from poilitical dogma and inexperience. When the NHS and GPs provide a service evenings or a Saturday then I may swing my support back to the NHS. Phixer
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9:59am Sun 7 Apr 13

l'anglais says...

Phixer wrote:
verityvita wrote:
More privitisation by stealth of the NHS, and no-one says a word against it! How much does this Ltd company pay Mark Sharman and others involved as a wage, for instance?
Did you bother to read the article above or does your socilaist dogma get in the way of the truth?

What is described above is a service which I, as a taxpayer, can use to complain that the NHS only works mon-fri and is rife with redundant middle managers.

You ask what Mr Sharman is paid; tell us how much RBCH is paying its managers.

We expect the NHS to provide a service to all without payment; some of us pay tax but do not have a say in how it is used. I don't see any problem in services being privatised if they are more efficient than nationalisation which suffers so much from poilitical dogma and inexperience.

When the NHS and GPs provide a service evenings or a Saturday then I may swing my support back to the NHS.
When self-centred individuals like you realise that to have something you need to pay for it.
The only way you are likely to see 7 days a week NHS services is if you and the country as a whole pay more tax.
Your typical capitalist blaming rhetoric about wasting money on "middle -management" is based upon total ignorance of the facts.

Why should a plumber, banker, hairdresser etc... have a point of view on a subject they have no experience of.

The NHS should be run by Doctors and Nurses, not outsider "free-marketers" looking to make a quick buck.
[quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]verityvita[/bold] wrote: More privitisation by stealth of the NHS, and no-one says a word against it! How much does this Ltd company pay Mark Sharman and others involved as a wage, for instance?[/p][/quote]Did you bother to read the article above or does your socilaist dogma get in the way of the truth? What is described above is a service which I, as a taxpayer, can use to complain that the NHS only works mon-fri and is rife with redundant middle managers. You ask what Mr Sharman is paid; tell us how much RBCH is paying its managers. We expect the NHS to provide a service to all without payment; some of us pay tax but do not have a say in how it is used. I don't see any problem in services being privatised if they are more efficient than nationalisation which suffers so much from poilitical dogma and inexperience. When the NHS and GPs provide a service evenings or a Saturday then I may swing my support back to the NHS.[/p][/quote]When self-centred individuals like you realise that to have something you need to pay for it. The only way you are likely to see 7 days a week NHS services is if you and the country as a whole pay more tax. Your typical capitalist blaming rhetoric about wasting money on "middle -management" is based upon total ignorance of the facts. Why should a plumber, banker, hairdresser etc... have a point of view on a subject they have no experience of. The NHS should be run by Doctors and Nurses, not outsider "free-marketers" looking to make a quick buck. l'anglais
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10:30am Sun 7 Apr 13

Hessenford says...

Phixer wrote:
verityvita wrote:
More privitisation by stealth of the NHS, and no-one says a word against it! How much does this Ltd company pay Mark Sharman and others involved as a wage, for instance?
Did you bother to read the article above or does your socilaist dogma get in the way of the truth?

What is described above is a service which I, as a taxpayer, can use to complain that the NHS only works mon-fri and is rife with redundant middle managers.

You ask what Mr Sharman is paid; tell us how much RBCH is paying its managers.

We expect the NHS to provide a service to all without payment; some of us pay tax but do not have a say in how it is used. I don't see any problem in services being privatised if they are more efficient than nationalisation which suffers so much from poilitical dogma and inexperience.

When the NHS and GPs provide a service evenings or a Saturday then I may swing my support back to the NHS.
The NHS doesn't only work Monday to Friday, their are thousands of front line workers who work shifts to cover 24 hours per day seven day per week.
More and more departments are opening in the evenings and at weekends, the only Monday to Friday workers are, as you say, the overpaid managers.
[quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]verityvita[/bold] wrote: More privitisation by stealth of the NHS, and no-one says a word against it! How much does this Ltd company pay Mark Sharman and others involved as a wage, for instance?[/p][/quote]Did you bother to read the article above or does your socilaist dogma get in the way of the truth? What is described above is a service which I, as a taxpayer, can use to complain that the NHS only works mon-fri and is rife with redundant middle managers. You ask what Mr Sharman is paid; tell us how much RBCH is paying its managers. We expect the NHS to provide a service to all without payment; some of us pay tax but do not have a say in how it is used. I don't see any problem in services being privatised if they are more efficient than nationalisation which suffers so much from poilitical dogma and inexperience. When the NHS and GPs provide a service evenings or a Saturday then I may swing my support back to the NHS.[/p][/quote]The NHS doesn't only work Monday to Friday, their are thousands of front line workers who work shifts to cover 24 hours per day seven day per week. More and more departments are opening in the evenings and at weekends, the only Monday to Friday workers are, as you say, the overpaid managers. Hessenford
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2:52pm Sun 7 Apr 13

verityvita says...

''You ask what Mr Sharman is paid; tell us how much RBCH is paying its managers.''
Well I don't know how much RBCH pays its managers but the companies where Mr Sharman is a Director-
Help & Care
Help & Care Development Ltd
New Wave Integrated Care Ltd

had a £2,106,948 turnover in 2012, according to Duedil, with over £931,000
cash in the bank.
''You ask what Mr Sharman is paid; tell us how much RBCH is paying its managers.'' Well I don't know how much RBCH pays its managers but the companies where Mr Sharman is a Director- Help & Care Help & Care Development Ltd New Wave Integrated Care Ltd had a £2,106,948 turnover in 2012, according to Duedil, with over £931,000 cash in the bank. verityvita
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5:12pm Sun 7 Apr 13

maru says...

Can we expect Mr Sharman to get in and help our overstretched nurses? I doubt it.
Can we expect Mr Sharman to get in and help our overstretched nurses? I doubt it. maru
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5:32pm Sun 7 Apr 13

Old Colonial says...

Don't panic, this is just another version of the already existing LINKs organisation. But with a slightly wider remit. And probably more staff etc, etc.
Don't panic, this is just another version of the already existing LINKs organisation. But with a slightly wider remit. And probably more staff etc, etc. Old Colonial
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