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The Royal Free seems impervious to concern over the transfer of services

29 November, 2018

• THOSE affected by the transfer of services from the Royal Free Hospital to Chase Farm, and vice-versa, must welcome your editorial, (Where is the human element in hospital planning? November 22).

The fact that the hospital seems impervious to growing media concern is to be deplored. However, the issue behind the issue is how checks and balances work in our representative democracy.

Camden Council has a health scrutiny committee, chaired by Cllr Alison Kelly. The issue of travel to Chase Farm was raised directly with her way back in mid-August.

So far as is known the committee has not even discussed the issue. Indeed there is a meeting of this committee this Friday but the matter does not appear to be on the agenda.

Further, and perhaps more importantly, Camden councillor Abi Wood is an “appointee” (presumably by the council) on the Royal Free board of governors.

Given the growing amount of media attention on travel and the strategic direction of the hospital, patients affected by the changes might have expected their concerns to have been raised in both of these arenas.

Could we please be informed what is going on; not just by the hospital, but by our two elected representatives who are in a position to make our concerns known, and also what actions they have taken over the last three-and-a-half months?

Royal Free Patient
Gospel Oak


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