June 2016
06/06/2016
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If the response is
“Even I could have
done a better job”

 
 
 

Dear Fellow Residents

 

I have discovered that the older I get, the grumpier I get. It’s true I have turned into a grumpy old man. It must be a “right of passage”. I am now arguing with ALL of the utilities companies because they now make up unfathomable ways to increase the amount they extract from your bank accounts, which, as we all remember was part of your rates less than 40 years ago. I argue with the local council because the council tax has risen by 1000% and they proceed to reduce services every year. I argue with the council because I have recently been fined for driving at 37mph at midnight by a machine which does not know the difference between midnight or Christmas. I argue with ( or about!) all politicians who lie, cheat and steal both to us and each other. They know we don’t trust them, we never voted for them but they still spend enough money to keep the NHS in doctors and nurses for many years to come on advertising how good they are!

I can, however, actually laugh out loud when I see so many politicians destroy each other in their attempts to promote the importance of drawing more European tax free expenses by staying in or getting out. Unlike any other product where the cost of advertising is built into the price of the product which you can then choose to purchase or not, government advertising is paid for by US, the poor saps on which the advertising is really wasted. My hope is that some expensive and worthless politicians are lost in space. Isn’t it strange that no one has worked out the cost of the European elections, the personal expenses, the traveling cost, the printing and the so called adverting so close to the last elections when more millions of pounds were spent? Yet we are told that the country needs to SAVE money! Perhaps that will be on increased on more by elections?
 
Part 6 to follow; this will be about the recommendations that the council will put forward about implementing the redevelopment of the sheltered sites.
 
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April 2016
05/04/2016
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If the response is
“Even I could have
done a better job”

 
 
 

Today 2 THINGS HAPPENED which are proof of the fact, that we all live in a POLITICAL WORLD

 

My voting card came through my letter box and minutes later I had a knock on the door by the local conservative councillor. This was a person who I had never met and did not know. However, thanks to my council tax I had been supporting for the last few years. I then returned to my Saturday morning TV, only to be told that I would be missing out on the joy of voting if I did not join the thronging masses (20%) of the those eligible to vote and of course pay council tax!
 
Then I looked at the circular and some of the questions to which it wanted my response included such diverse subjects as the state of the roads, traffic congestion, supporting local shops and protecting local green spaces.
 
As a resident of Wotton under Edge I can honestly say that the roads and access to the shops are a prime example of 19th century where a badly parked bike can cause untold congestion. So I avoid the shops.

What I do understand is that until the 6th May our councillors will be trying to divert our attention away from the many and various, SERIOUS subjects about which we will know All about after the election !! At the moment both central and local government have been told not to “rock the boat”. The local council’s belief is that the electorate can be baffled with b**lsh*t.
 
My response is not to vote for any sitting councillor irrespective of their party colours. It is easy to see that current councilors are part of the problem not the solution. They vote on subjects according to expedience or what they are told to vote for. Political allegiances or their constituent’s best interest do not come into the thought process.
 
The Councillors cannot or will not question the actions of their council staff or senior colleagues, they rarely visit their constituents meetings but they always make an effort to get their attendance allowance and expenses for council meetings.
 
PLEASE, PLEASE do not vote for the same old faces, Why not shake up politics from the root up.
 
A Voter
 
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01/04/2016
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If the response is
“Even I could have
done a better job”

 
 
 

Report for Healthwatch Gloucestershire. Admitted to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital Cardiac Ward after GP diagnosed serious heartbeat problems.

 

Admitted at 11.00am on 21/03/2016 via A & E on recommendation of GP. No notes sent by GP. Sent to 3 different departments for tests Drove to hospital but no access point. So once in Hospital and allocated a bed I was NOT allowed out to collect my clothes nor were there any porters who could do this. They were forbidden from doing this. Thus I was left with no access to my bed clothes nor was I allowed out to collect them myself.
 
Once on the ward the patient is connected 24/7 to a heart monitor, thus as there was no TV or Radio time passed slowly. On the first night an elderly patient in the opposite bed with advanced dementia was reacting badly to the nursing staff and constantly wanted to get out of bed but was unable to stand and was in danger of injury. There were 2 such patients on the ward but there was insufficient staff to cope. One nurse was kicked and the general alarm brought into the ward 7 security staff and the Night Nurse Manager. The gentleman was frightened, alone and very stressed. At about 1.00am the night nurse rang the patients daughter and asked her to come to the hospital to help her subdue her father. After about 30 mins she arrived and stayed all night. The patient was then (I believe) medically subdued and remained quite and mainly asleep for the next 2 days.
 
On the 22/03/16 I was seen by the Cardiac consultant and my complete medical treatment was changed and given that the best estimate of my stay was another 4 – 6 days I was concerned about contacting work colleagues, family and friends but at no time was I told of the discharge policy or details of the new medicines. I remained in the same seat for 18 hours. This was because the heart monitor leads were too painful to wear in bed plus it was too hot. Thus by 10.00pm on the Tuesday given the previous nights disturbances I had been awake for 32 hours However, I was still awoken at 4.00am on the 23rd to be advised by a nurse that one of the monitor connections had come loose.
 
At the same time I became aware of another serious problem as an elderly women was admitted to the ward and was immediately connected to the heart monitor which meant that she was not allowed to visit the toilet and had to use a commode. I do not know who was more embarrassed, the male patients who surrounded her and were only separated by a thin curtain, the patient who being in her late 80s may have wanted a little more privacy or the nursing staff.

Last but not least there is the discharge process . There is still no sign of the written discharge procedures as we discussed last year. So at 11.00am on the 23rd when I was informed that I was to be discharged I knew that I did not have to wait for transport so I packed my case and prepared to leave. Then I waited I had lunch and tea, I even took my case down to the car and then returned to the ward. All I had to wait for the prescribed items to be sent up from the Pharmacy which were sent down by the doctor at about midday. At about 4.30pm I was taken down the patient discharge lounge. This was a revelation, because within this small room there were 5 of us waiting to be discharged and all waiting for prescriptions, 2, so we were told, had been waiting since 10.00am. All of us appeared to have expressed the opinion that there must be an alternative to just waiting. Someone even suggested that the prescription could be sent to their home chemist via the System 1 process. My, possibly biased, opinion is that if you, as the patient display any signs of impatience you are taken to the discharge lounge to remember your place. It would have been good to have a couple of vending machines at hand for the long stayers.
 
I left the discharge lounge just before 6.00pm leaving the 4 others behind. Unfortunately it was not until the following day when I inspected the pills and realized that the instructions for taking the new pills were missing. Thus I had to visit my doctor for assistance…… in other words. I had wasted time and was still not feeling well.
 
In short the main issues noticed in 3 days were;
1/ The shocking treatment of a patient with dementia
2/ The problems of having a mixed wards especially when dealing with mature patients
3/ The problems with the hospital pharmacy
4/ Poor Quality discount lounge and the reasons for being there.

 
Following hospital discharge I was surprised that even over a bank holiday weekend I had 3 visits from the support workers who ensured that I was Ok. The visits were made as well as attempts to contact me by phone and mobile which only leaves you with the fear that these essential services could be cut under the new financial constraints.The council must understand that wasting their very limited resources on repeating customer surveys will not impress anyone.
 
Yours faithfully
‘A concerned patient’

 
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March 2016
22/03/2016
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If the response is
“Even I could have
done a better job”

 
 
 

Here are the Questions!

 

Why did Stroud District Council implement a project to employ contractors to remove asbestos from properties in Wotton under Edge and then let them destroy the roofing soffit of a dozen homes? They why wait a further 3 months during the winter before they send out staff to check the damage so that the tenants can freeze and enjoy the smell and taste of brick dust?
 
Why did the same council wait 6 months before even thinking about repairing an upright stanchion supporting a glass canopy, which was then bent by a contractor’s delivery vehicle when it reversed into it? The upright could have been repaired under the contractor’s own insurance but instead, with the risk of the glass canopy landing on someone’s head, they procrastinated.

Why does the same council refuse to acknowledge a properly constituted tenants forum with whom to work with, only to constantly and unsuccessfully try to form their own? Now here we may have an answer. They want to choose only those candidates, which they can control so they don’t suffer from constant criticism.
 
Why did the same council declare at a recent housing meeting that the redevelopment of six of the sheltered sites would not happen for many years? Then send out a letter stating that the redevelopment of the Dryleaze Court site would start before the end of THIS year. Misleading at best!
 
Did you know that if a council fails to maintain their own properties on behalf of their tenants there is very little the tenant could do? If a private tenant has a maintenance issue they can complain to the environmental health officer. If you are a council tenant and have a problem with the state of the property, tough luck! The environmental health officer WILL DO NOTHING to affect the relationship with their employer. With NO higher authority and it being too expensive to take your just cause to the local court, the Council wins because the Council’s own complaints process is a waste of time and effort.
 
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