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The Crescent is NOT Happy With Herts County Council !

Dear all,

Our latest article in the Herts Advertiser about postal testing services, available elsewhere in the country and being trialled in Birmingham and Luton amongst just two places. We have been appealing to the County Council for two years or more to introduce this, and /or fund our testing services. As there was no sign of any action from the County Council we introduced this ourselves (without funding) a year ago. We could no longer stand by whilst the late diagnosis problem exists (and grows in Hertfordshire) and those responsible for addressing the issue continue to sit on their hands.

We fail to understand why the County’s preferred supplier of services, Herts Aid, (who have ten times our income by the way) have not also introduced this kind of postal service as an alternative method of testing.

Public Health England is asking local authorities to introduce as many different methods for testing as possible, with an emphasis on more local community based testing services and postal testing too.

Herts County Council have made a good deal of noise recently about their commitment to “HalveIT” the national campaign to reduce late diagnosis of HIV, (something they until recently denied was an issue in Herts). However they still fail to put anything in place, or fund services like ours that are well established in the community and are based in the areas most affected (St Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Watford and Rickmansworth for example)

It seems to us to be yet another example of the County Council saying the right thing, but again dragging their heels, perhaps hoping the focus will move on whilst they deliberate and then plans will be quietly shelved.

We deserve better than this as a County, it is after all the “County of Opportunity” apparently. However if you want to test for HIV, protect your health, and that of others, your opportunities are somewhat limited.

Come on Herts County Council, put your money where your mouth is ! Hertfordshire residents deserve so much better, the tests cost very little and certainly not as much as was apparently provided to an agency to “improve their brand image ” recently, (with seemingly little result).

Time to divert some funds to resolve a real health issue instead !

Link to the Herts Advertiser article here

http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/st_albans_hiv_charity_offers_revolutionary_at_home_test_1_4175358

Please do feel free to contact your County Councillor, your MP, The Director of Public Health, Jim McManus, or the Cabinet member for Localism and Health, Teresa Heritage to insist on a fair deal for Hertfordshire residents!

The Crescent Team

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St Albans Cathedral and Abbey Church Mission Allocation Presentation

We were so pleased to attend the Abbey yesterday for the presentations, Good to see so many worthy causes, including The Crescent, receiving support from the Mission Allocation.

Especially pleased to have the support of the Congregational giving team, looking forward to working closely with the Cathedral team in preparation for World Aids Day which will also be our 25th Anniversary this year.

The Crescent Team

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The Crescent Updates – Latest from the Hertfordshire Advertiser

Hi All,

Please see the latest article out now in the Hertfordshire Advertiser. We are very pleased to still be here with former staff working as volunteers to keep the site open. Local County Councillors have accessed their locality budgets to enable us to continue to pay basic bills, see the article for more on the changing situation with HIV services in Hertfordshire;

http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/renewed_hope_for_st_albans_aids_charity_1_1656233

Thanks for your ongoing support!

The Crescent Team

 

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County Council Branded Rotten – Pink News Article Out Today

Hi All,

Another article out today in Pink News about the funding situation. It makes reference to the Private Eye article and talks about the service now being run by volunteers.

Link to the article is here http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/09/21/hertfordshire-council-branded-rotten-over-hiv-charity-decision/

Keep watching – more to come!

Have a good weekend and thanks for your support,

The Crescent Team

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NHS Hertfordshire Online Sexual Health Services Survey

Hi all,

NHS Hertfordshire has appointed an agency to gain opinions of people accessing services in Hertfordshire in order to help with the redesign of services currently underway. Please take a moment to complete the survey following the link below.

It is entirely anonymous so no identifyable personal details are required and this is your chance to have your say and influence the service design going forward.

The consultation period closes at midnight on 20th August.

Please click here>>> www.surveymonkey.com/s/Hertsishs

Many thanks

The Crescent Team

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