Community Voice Health

Our History and Campaigns PDF Print E-mail
Early days: The Community Voice was set up in 1990 to link local people with Mount Vernon Hospital, after a successful campaign against its closure, but our activities widened over time so that we now monitor all nearby hospitals and primary care services, three Clinical Commissioning Groups and local Health and Wellbeing Boards. Early campaigns included our King’s Fund 1996 project, which led to a consultation network that is still invaluable today. Our 1998 plastic surgery campaign overturned the proposal to move those services to Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and, as a result, Mount Vernon still has some plastic surgery services in 2014.
 
Good cancer services have always been our concern. We raised over 70,000 signatures in 2003 and 77,000 signatures in 2007 to support keeping the Cancer Centre at Mount Vernon, which we presented to Ministers for Health. In 2010, the future of the Cancer Centre became safe and we rejoiced!  We continue to have a very positive relationship with  the Cancer Centre.
 
More recently we campaigned against Foundation Trust Hospital Boards meeting only in private with general success. We designed and distributed a poster as part of our campaign to promote take-up of Attendance Allowance. We campaigned for retention and development of health centres in Harrow and Hillingdon. We respond to national public consultations within the NHS, including the consultation on the proposal to withdraw all paediatric surgery from the Royal Brompton Hospital, which we deplore - an issue that is still unresolved.  We have been active for some years in opposing various versions of the NHS Funding Formula, which are based on deprivation and proxy variables rather than the demand for health services - resulting in funding allocations with almost twice as much per head of population to some areas in comparion with others. 

In 2015 we were monitoring or acting on over thirty issues, on which more details were available within our"Current Activities" section,  accessed from the  tab on our Home Page.  Subsequently we continued to update our acitivites on old issues and responded to new challenges as they arose.  We were appalled by the threat to the Congenital Heart Services at Royal Brompton Hospital in 2016, which remained unresolved in 2017.  In 2016 we were devastated by the omission of the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre from the NHS England list of centres authorised to provide cyberknife treatment for brain metastases and that issue too continued to concern us  in 2017.   Our interests are very wide, responding to the concerns of our members.  Our latest campaign in 2017 is to support people with hearing loss by prompting small but valuable changes in the environment that they face.