I spent 18 minutes this evening responding to NHS North West Londonâ€™s â€œShaping a Healthier Futureâ€ consultation document. Obviously I have previously read the background papers and discussed the issue a number of times so I havenâ€™t included all of that time in my 18 minutes. The point is that ticking the boxes does not really take that long and you should not be easily put off.
The main thing to do in my view is to â€œStrongly opposeâ€ the three options A, B and C on offer as they all three move services away from our borough (questions 24a, 25a and 26a). Under the catch all question 34 I wrote:
All three options presented are bad for Ealing. Option A is particularly inequitable. They all move services away from Ealing.
My answers are not particularly sophisticated, they donâ€™t need to be. If you want to get inside the decision makerâ€™s heads and make them question their assumptions then please just respond to the consultation. You don’t have to be eloquent or long-winded. Just the fact of receiving lots of individual responses will shake the decision makers.
The council has spent Â£56K on a very detailed, technical reponse to the consultation authored by ex-NHS trust chief executive Tim Rideout. This will be discussed at an extraordinary cabinet meeting on Friday at 3pm. See all of the papers here.
The council can do the detailed, technical stuff. You do the emotional, personal stuff.
The consultation closes on Monday. Get cracking.