Health services in Finsbury under reform: It’s all good!

It was an interesting evening at Islington Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee tonight. Not only was physio at FHC discussed, but GP services and performance monitoring, safeguarding of vulnerable adults, news from across the North Central London Cluster and a report from Islington Link were all on the agenda.

In the midst of the current chaos, it was good to see there are still some managers left who are still trying to run health services as a public service.

First up, the good news for FHC: Whittington Health is, as of next Monday, not only moving Physiotherapy services up to the ground floor, but restoring it to a full 5-day service, covered by not just two actual physiotherapists but three. Beverley Senior, who manages physiotherapy for WH, said that they are working to shorten the currently common three-month wait for appointments there down to no more than a month, depending how serious the problem being addressed is. Bravo to Whittington Health for recognising the demand for physio in the south of Islington and doing something about it.