Health Trust standards fall

Haringey Primary Care Trust is letting residents down. Its official rating for quality of service has fallen from ‘good’ to ‘fair’ – which is bad enough – but even worse its performance in meeting national targets has fallen to ‘weak’.

Front line services particularly highlighted by the official watchdog – the Healthcare Commission – are breast cancer screening and access to GP services.

My Liberal Democrat colleague Cllr Richard Wilson and I have demanded an urgent meeting with the Trust’s leaders to seek assurance over an action plan for improvement – and I have contacted Health Secretary Alan Johnson to ask for assurances that resources will be levered in so that no local people suffer the consequences of Haringey PCTs poor performance.