Breakfasts at the Hub
The Big Breakfast @ The Parish Hub
Saturday 12th December saw us enjoy the latest event in our season of community breakfasts featuring some of the local issues for Copthorne and its surroundings and giving the village an opportunity to engage with our key representatives and elected officials.
Katy Bourne, the Police & Crime Commissioner (P&CC) for Sussex, came with a big reputation as a pathfinder in her role and as an accomplished and engaging presenter. Her reputation is well earned. Over a cooked breakfast we learnt about the role of the P&CC which includes objective setting and appraising the outcomes of activities let by the Chief Constable of Police of Sussex. We discovered how policy had to be funded and resourced to reflect the different priorities of urban areas, where violence and drugs control were the issues of the day and contrast sharply with rural areas where traffic management is a dominating issue for residents. On this subject, two of our village residents raised their own particular concerns about parking behaviours in the village generally and safety concerns regarding vehicle management outside our own junior school.
It was interesting to learn about the growth of on-line crime and the need for all of us to use the 101 telephone number to record the phishing attempts made regularly, a straw poll in the room showed just how common this activity is!
Katy explained how given the present heightened security threats resourcing at Gatwick Airport is a key focus area currently, as is the need for attention in Brighton, Hove and Crawley where it is believed risk issues exist. Katy shared her passion for supporting and commissioning activities concerning victims of crime, including restorative justice interventions.
A fascinating session and one much enjoyed by all those who supported the event. Our next Big Breakfast is on Saturday 19th March 2016 and will focus upon Local Health Supply, see below. Bookings may be made at the rear of the Church or by phoning the Parish Office on 01342 712063.
March 19th’s Big Breakfast will see us looking at Health in our area. To help us do this we have Dr Minesh Patel who will be talking about what Total Purchasing means. This is a pilot study based on the East Grinstead practices. This area is used to new things in health. Some years ago Fundholding, when GP’s were able to commission and purchase hospital services, saw hospitals having to face up to changes. Some were prepared for change, some were not so ready. But that was twenty odd years ago and much water has passed under bridges with Government “initiatives” and a lot has turned full circle with Area Health Authorities taken over by PCG’s, then PCT’s then LCG’s.
The present government is keen to involve GP’s again. What does this mean? Is this just window dressing or is there something in this that you and your family can benefit from? With the present economic climate could this mean that those involved in this will just become the “fall guys” when the money runs out? From a health point of view is this going to be a good area to continue living in with reliable, comprehensive services? And is there any chance that Health might be combined with Social Care? Or is this yet another chance for another acronym that will eventually disappear as the rest have done?
If these are the sort of questions you would like to know the answers to or you have others then come to the Big Breakfast at 8.30am on the 19th March. There to help us we will have Dr Minesh Patel from Moatfield Surgery and Dr Stephen Bellamy from Ship Street Surgery from the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) who will be there to talk to us and answer our questions.
In addition to this will be facing the wonderfully healthy prospect of Julia’s breakfast ably assisted by her team. It should be a good meeting. So book your tickets now!