Minutes

Tuesday 21 May 2019

Updates:- We received a thank you e-mail from Phil Corrigan.  She had enjoyed being with us, thanked us for the flowers, wished us well and said carry on fighting.

We are invited to a preview of the Exhibition Many Happy Returns, 70 years of memories of the NHS. Thursday 13th June @Room 700 Leeds Central Library 4 – 6 pm.  The Exhibition runs until July 5th

KONP have booked a stall at the Kirkstall Festival Saturday July 13. Any help we can give will be most welcome. LHA will NOT be having a stall.

Conference, Social Care, Saturday June 29 at St Georges. We did say we would like to help.  I will forward details when I have them from Gilda. Gilda forwarded an invitation to join discussion groups in Leeds June 1st. Bronwen & Beatrice agreed, if there are places still available, to attend the group in Pudsey concentrating on the attacks on our public services.  I did e-mail the invitation to all members.

Shop Mobility:  progress is so slow you can’t help wondering if it will ever be restored BUT there are people trying very hard to move the issue on—–The Disability Hub, The Older Peoples Forum.  Lucy Graham at Forum Central plus Cllr Kevin Ritchie and representing the Council Sinead Cregan Commissioning Programme Leader for the Council and  Bairbra McKendrick  Unison Access Officer After significant delay talks are ongoing with the William Merritt Centre and the Merrion Centre. Leeds is not the best city for the disabled. We can only hope that this time something good will happen.

Home Care Networks.  The document was e-mailed to all members and copies sent to all 8 Leeds MPs.  As yet no response.

Unison retired members group has been alerted to debt collectors being used to collect arears of social care charges.  Asked that a letter be sent to Judith Blake.

Jeremy sent a message to say that at last he has received a letter from Judith Blake highlighting the costs of bringing services back in house.  Having taken

Expert advice he will reply.  Also, he is meeting with UNISON officers to discuss the failure of Leeds City Council to implement The Ethical Care Charter

STOP PRESS Friday May 24

Meanwhile, the Financial Time reports on an existing digital healthcare scheme. The app, GP at Hand, has proved so popular that it is straining the finances of the NHS body which runs it.

Since 2017 it has operated through the Hammersmith and Fulham clinical commissioning group – but is available to people even if they do not live in the area. That has created a £22m funding gap.

Next meeting Tuesday June 18

To be discussed:

Is there a future for Leeds Hospital Alert; if yes how do we progress with so few members and increasing age?