You need a PhD to understand health consultation says leading health specialist

Full Story at Your Thurrock, 24 April 2018

ONE of the UK’s leading stroke consultants has described a consultation into Essex health changes as so complicated PhD graduates wouldn’t understand it – let alone the public.

Stroke specialist, Dr Sreeman Andole – who regularly appears on TV and will become assistant medical director for NHS England in May – raised doubts about the consultation at a health meeting on Wednesday.

Speaking to fellow board members of the Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), he said: “I think it’s complicated for the common man to understand these mergers in Essex, and how they will work.

“You could do a PhD on it, and still not say with confidence what is right and wrong.”

The consultation ended on March 23. More than 1.2 million people who use hospitals in Southend, Basildon, Thurrock, Braintree and Chelmsford, will be affected by wide ranging proposals to axe and merge services.

Changes include downgrading Southend Hospital’s stroke unit as part of a £20m-a-year saving in mid and south Essex.