Video: 'Hit squad' to be sent to East Lancashire Hospitals following publication of death rates report

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in the Commons today

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in the Commons today

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External teams are to be sent into 11 hospitals identified by Sir Bruce Keogh as having "fundamental breaches of care", Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said today.

And East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust - which runs Blackburn and Burnley Hospitals - is among the trusts placed into special measures.

Investigations in East Lancashire revealed poor governance, lack of staff at weekends and medical staff "talking down" to patients and their families when they voiced concerns, Mr Hunt told MPs.

Mr Hunt said the special measures would be used after mortality data said thousands of patients may have died in the hospitals.

And he said the best way to restore the public's trust in the NHS was "transparency and honesty" about the problems faced by the health service.

ABOVE: Jeremy Hunt's statement to the House of Commons today

Mr Hunt said: "In its 65th year this government is deeply proud of our NHS. We salute the doctors, nurses and other professionals who have never worked harder to look after each and every one of us at our most vulnerable.

"We recognise that the problems identified today are not typical of the whole NHS nor of the care given by many wonderful NHS staff.

"But those staff are the ones who are most betrayed when we ignore or pass-over poor care.

"The last government left the NHS with a system that covered-up weak hospital leadership and the last government also failed to prioritise compassionate care."

Mr Hunt said the review had found the NHS's reputation mattered more than individual patients and targets mattered more than people.

He said: "We owe it to the 3 million who use the NHS every week to tackle and confront abuse, incompetence and weak leadership head-on.

"No statistics are perfect but mortality rates suggest since 2005 thousands more people may have died than would normally be expected at the 14 trusts reviewed by Sir Bruce.

"Worryingly in half of those trusts the CQC (Care Quality Commission), the regulator specifically responsible for patient safety and care, failed to spot any real cause for concern rating them as compliant with basic standards."

Mr Hunt said each of the trusts had seen "substantial changes" to their management since 2010, including a new chief executive or chairman at nine of the 14.

But he said: "However, while some have improved failure or mediocrity is so deeply entrenched at others that they have continued to decline, making the additional measures I announce today necessary.

"This time the process was thorough, expert-led and consisted of both planned, unannounced and out-of-hours visits placing particular weight on the views of staff and patients.

"Where failures were found that presented an immediate risk to patients they were confronted straight away rather than waiting until the report was finished."

Mr Hunt added: "Sir Bruce judged that none of the 14 hospitals are providing consistently high quality of care to patients with some very concerning examples of poor practice.

"He identified patterns across many of them including professional and geographic isolation, failure to act on data or information that showed cause for concern, the absence of a culture of openness, a lack of willingness to learn from mistakes, a lack of ambition, an ineffectual governance and assurance processes.

"In some cases, trust boards were shockingly unaware of problems discovered by the review teams in their own hospitals."

See our special report on the Keogh findings in tomorrow's Lancashire Telegraph

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2:52pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Interocitor says...

Anyone shocked or surprised by this?

It's what happens when higher management cut frontline staff to the bone while handing out massive pay increases ( of up to 22 per cent) to themselves.
Anyone shocked or surprised by this? It's what happens when higher management cut frontline staff to the bone while handing out massive pay increases ( of up to 22 per cent) to themselves. Interocitor
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3:42pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Noiticer says...

Are the Tories softening us up for a policy of full privatisation of the NHS?
Are the Tories softening us up for a policy of full privatisation of the NHS? Noiticer
  • Score: 3

4:21pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Gaius Grossus says...

Having been in twice and had a load of OP visit since I can only say Blackburn Royal is to me an excellent hospital. Burnley though is a maze with car parks miles from where you need to be.
Having been in twice and had a load of OP visit since I can only say Blackburn Royal is to me an excellent hospital. Burnley though is a maze with car parks miles from where you need to be. Gaius Grossus
  • Score: 1

4:31pm Tue 16 Jul 13

hasslem hasslem says...

everybody is to blame for this - the last labour government, the current coalition govt, the cqc and the dept of health.

to some extent it is pointless attributing and avoiding blame the key thing is to fix the underlying problem(s)

everybody points the finger at the cqc but it is only recently that they have been given the authority to audit a whole hospital rather than a ward or management team - they would want to be able to shut down a whole hospital bit would not be allowed because of political sensitivity, public outrage and "where are we gonna put them all".

the report talks about chronic understaffing at weekend - my own personal experience (by no means life threatening) involved being operated on a wednesday and being told i would probably be able to go home on a friday - but i was not allowed to leave without my drugs....the deadline to pick these up was missed and i had to stay til monday and somebody forgot to pick these up on the monday - meaning another overnight - so i should have been in for two nights - but it became 5 cos nobody managed me. how much did that cost.....and they talk about bed-blocking.
everybody is to blame for this - the last labour government, the current coalition govt, the cqc and the dept of health. to some extent it is pointless attributing and avoiding blame the key thing is to fix the underlying problem(s) everybody points the finger at the cqc but it is only recently that they have been given the authority to audit a whole hospital rather than a ward or management team - they would want to be able to shut down a whole hospital bit would not be allowed because of political sensitivity, public outrage and "where are we gonna put them all". the report talks about chronic understaffing at weekend - my own personal experience (by no means life threatening) involved being operated on a wednesday and being told i would probably be able to go home on a friday - but i was not allowed to leave without my drugs....the deadline to pick these up was missed and i had to stay til monday and somebody forgot to pick these up on the monday - meaning another overnight - so i should have been in for two nights - but it became 5 cos nobody managed me. how much did that cost.....and they talk about bed-blocking. hasslem hasslem
  • Score: -1

4:32pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Loving lances says...

Both me and my late wife had treatment at Blackburn.
There were some good staff, but Jeremy Hunt is right when he says that some staff treat patients and relatives with contempt. Oh and these events occurred under both Labour and Tory governments.
Both me and my late wife had treatment at Blackburn. There were some good staff, but Jeremy Hunt is right when he says that some staff treat patients and relatives with contempt. Oh and these events occurred under both Labour and Tory governments. Loving lances
  • Score: 1

4:46pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Bryan71 says...

It's about time something is done at Blackburn Hospital
My Mother was a patient on a number of Wards
And I have had dealings with staff and with so called management
One word
Shambulls
It's about time something is done at Blackburn Hospital My Mother was a patient on a number of Wards And I have had dealings with staff and with so called management One word Shambulls Bryan71
  • Score: 2

4:56pm Tue 16 Jul 13

kateash says...

As a past nurse at the hospital I am not surprised by what is happening now.. Senior staff bully those under them.. You either did as you were told or it was made very uncomfortable for you and therefore many staff just leave rather than have the hassle! Ask Occupational Health how many staff have been or are ill through being bullied.. Hope this is sorted!! This is not the same hospital that I loved while training in the 70's.. Morale was very low when I left and people are still leaving now.. Very sad ..
As a past nurse at the hospital I am not surprised by what is happening now.. Senior staff bully those under them.. You either did as you were told or it was made very uncomfortable for you and therefore many staff just leave rather than have the hassle! Ask Occupational Health how many staff have been or are ill through being bullied.. Hope this is sorted!! This is not the same hospital that I loved while training in the 70's.. Morale was very low when I left and people are still leaving now.. Very sad .. kateash
  • Score: 3

5:05pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Yassou says...

To all the thousands of dedicated, caring and compassionate staff at ELHT let's all keep our chins up and strive to do what we do best!! We know we need more staff on the "shop floor", i have dedicated my whole life to the NHS and won't give up!
To all the thousands of dedicated, caring and compassionate staff at ELHT let's all keep our chins up and strive to do what we do best!! We know we need more staff on the "shop floor", i have dedicated my whole life to the NHS and won't give up! Yassou
  • Score: 7

5:47pm Tue 16 Jul 13

For those we love says...

So it`s official ELHT is one of the worst in the country. Those of us who attended the meeting at King George`s Hall on the 5th June, and all of the patients and families who have been trying to get the ELHT to listen to our concerns for several years now can feel justified WE WERE RIGHT. If they had listened to us, they might not been headline news today. So ELHT you have been named and very much shamed, so get your act together.
So it`s official ELHT is one of the worst in the country. Those of us who attended the meeting at King George`s Hall on the 5th June, and all of the patients and families who have been trying to get the ELHT to listen to our concerns for several years now can feel justified WE WERE RIGHT. If they had listened to us, they might not been headline news today. So ELHT you have been named and very much shamed, so get your act together. For those we love
  • Score: 5

5:49pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Horsfield Cllr says...

to many reorganisations,

staff not listened too and fearful

low staffing

private finance taking £20 million out of trust

finance targets not patient care

Now to change this
to many reorganisations, staff not listened too and fearful low staffing private finance taking £20 million out of trust finance targets not patient care Now to change this Horsfield Cllr
  • Score: 5

5:58pm Tue 16 Jul 13

grimupnorth says...

We have a story to tell about mistreatment, Not being put in bed and left on a corridor, The Liverpool Pathway with us relatives being informed, being discharged to a nursing home in Mid Winter half naked. But what is the point, we already told it to the NHS and they don`t give a SH1T They would rather fob you off with an out of court settlement that is OUR money anyway. They had over 120 outstanding cases at ELHT at last count, that will all be settled out of court. Its time these people were made to account for there actions and its time to stop the rot. But I fear it will not happen and that things will only get worse until The Privatization Agenda, that all sides of the house secretly follow has been forced upon us.
We have a story to tell about mistreatment, Not being put in bed and left on a corridor, The Liverpool Pathway with us relatives being informed, being discharged to a nursing home in Mid Winter half naked. But what is the point, we already told it to the NHS and they don`t give a SH1T They would rather fob you off with an out of court settlement that is OUR money anyway. They had over 120 outstanding cases at ELHT at last count, that will all be settled out of court. Its time these people were made to account for there actions and its time to stop the rot. But I fear it will not happen and that things will only get worse until The Privatization Agenda, that all sides of the house secretly follow has been forced upon us. grimupnorth
  • Score: 1

6:01pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Chris P Bacon says...

Interocitor wrote:
Anyone shocked or surprised by this?

It's what happens when higher management cut frontline staff to the bone while handing out massive pay increases ( of up to 22 per cent) to themselves.
But that's happened in all of the trusts in England and Wales so how come some escaped this scapegoating?

You are very wrong on the 'massive increases' to 'higher management'. The 'higher management' you refer to BECAME management when that was not what they went in for. Vocational medical staff have been moved further and further away from clinical work and become de-facto management staff themselves so all that valuable experience has been lost.

And this loss of experience is the root cause of what we have now inherited. The loss of staff on the altar of saving money means more work and more responsibilities for the same or lower pay. In the midwifery crisis a request for them to voluntarily accept lower wages for higher responsibilities saw a rush for the exit door. And it's by no means only in the midwifery sector that's occurred. So let's see this motivate people to go into healthcare in the current climate!
[quote][p][bold]Interocitor[/bold] wrote: Anyone shocked or surprised by this? It's what happens when higher management cut frontline staff to the bone while handing out massive pay increases ( of up to 22 per cent) to themselves.[/p][/quote]But that's happened in all of the trusts in England and Wales so how come some escaped this scapegoating? You are very wrong on the 'massive increases' to 'higher management'. The 'higher management' you refer to BECAME management when that was not what they went in for. Vocational medical staff have been moved further and further away from clinical work and become de-facto management staff themselves so all that valuable experience has been lost. And this loss of experience is the root cause of what we have now inherited. The loss of staff on the altar of saving money means more work and more responsibilities for the same or lower pay. In the midwifery crisis a request for them to voluntarily accept lower wages for higher responsibilities saw a rush for the exit door. And it's by no means only in the midwifery sector that's occurred. So let's see this motivate people to go into healthcare in the current climate! Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 2

6:03pm Tue 16 Jul 13

kateash says...

I note that the Lynn Wissett Chief nurse has resigned with immediate effect!! And Reneke Shram has said again on Radio Lancs she will not resign and that the hospital is safe and that the Trust need to listen to staff and patients!!! The Trust should have listened years ago!!!
I note that the Lynn Wissett Chief nurse has resigned with immediate effect!! And Reneke Shram has said again on Radio Lancs she will not resign and that the hospital is safe and that the Trust need to listen to staff and patients!!! The Trust should have listened years ago!!! kateash
  • Score: 4

6:04pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Begbie says...

Reorganisational change the scurge of the NHS. Too many "change managers" creaing a nightmare for both staff and patients. Also the clash of cultures that is Business Managers vs Nursing Staff.
Reorganisational change the scurge of the NHS. Too many "change managers" creaing a nightmare for both staff and patients. Also the clash of cultures that is Business Managers vs Nursing Staff. Begbie
  • Score: 2

6:10pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Chris P Bacon says...

kateash wrote:
I note that the Lynn Wissett Chief nurse has resigned with immediate effect!! And Reneke Shram has said again on Radio Lancs she will not resign and that the hospital is safe and that the Trust need to listen to staff and patients!!! The Trust should have listened years ago!!!
Correct.
[quote][p][bold]kateash[/bold] wrote: I note that the Lynn Wissett Chief nurse has resigned with immediate effect!! And Reneke Shram has said again on Radio Lancs she will not resign and that the hospital is safe and that the Trust need to listen to staff and patients!!! The Trust should have listened years ago!!![/p][/quote]Correct. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 4

6:10pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Chris P Bacon says...

Begbie wrote:
Reorganisational change the scurge of the NHS. Too many "change managers" creaing a nightmare for both staff and patients. Also the clash of cultures that is Business Managers vs Nursing Staff.
Correct.
[quote][p][bold]Begbie[/bold] wrote: Reorganisational change the scurge of the NHS. Too many "change managers" creaing a nightmare for both staff and patients. Also the clash of cultures that is Business Managers vs Nursing Staff.[/p][/quote]Correct. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 3

6:31pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Germanbite says...

It's worth having a look at the next Trust Board meeting scheduled for 26th June. There is an agenda item that deals with the findings of a CQC inspection of the Royal Blackburn that took place in May 2013. Incredibly the hospital met all CQC inspection criteria,
CQC is happy in May - the hospital is in special measures by July !!!-
How on earth how can the public have any confidence in the NHS, CQC or Mr Hunt ?!
It's worth having a look at the next Trust Board meeting scheduled for 26th June. There is an agenda item that deals with the findings of a CQC inspection of the Royal Blackburn that took place in May 2013. Incredibly the hospital met all CQC inspection criteria, CQC is happy in May - the hospital is in special measures by July !!!- How on earth how can the public have any confidence in the NHS, CQC or Mr Hunt ?! Germanbite
  • Score: 1

6:37pm Tue 16 Jul 13

grimupnorth says...

kateash wrote:
I note that the Lynn Wissett Chief nurse has resigned with immediate effect!! And Reneke Shram has said again on Radio Lancs she will not resign and that the hospital is safe and that the Trust need to listen to staff and patients!!! The Trust should have listened years ago!!!
could Publish and email from the same that would show why this is the best outcome. But my Family don`t think we should I am tempted though
[quote][p][bold]kateash[/bold] wrote: I note that the Lynn Wissett Chief nurse has resigned with immediate effect!! And Reneke Shram has said again on Radio Lancs she will not resign and that the hospital is safe and that the Trust need to listen to staff and patients!!! The Trust should have listened years ago!!![/p][/quote]could Publish and email from the same that would show why this is the best outcome. But my Family don`t think we should I am tempted though grimupnorth
  • Score: 0

6:55pm Tue 16 Jul 13

hasslem hasslem says...

another tranche of hospitals/trusts to be reported later this week (inc london) - its endemic across the whole of england. no reporting of special measures in wales, ni or scotland yet as there are different inspection authorities.....one can assume that this is just a matter of time
another tranche of hospitals/trusts to be reported later this week (inc london) - its endemic across the whole of england. no reporting of special measures in wales, ni or scotland yet as there are different inspection authorities.....one can assume that this is just a matter of time hasslem hasslem
  • Score: -5

7:42pm Tue 16 Jul 13

mavrick says...

The lack of properly managed funds is at the heart of the matter, currently the NHS has been charged to make £20 Billion savings. The ELHT has still to make 500 people redundant. I think it is fair to say that does not inspire confidence. I believe with the right staff and systems in operation the hospitals in special measures can be revived with confidence. We know it cost's money but this is one service the public want and would pay a bit more tax to keep it running smoothly. I also believe the ham fisted attempts at preparing the NHS for privatising has backfired badly.
The lack of properly managed funds is at the heart of the matter, currently the NHS has been charged to make £20 Billion savings. The ELHT has still to make 500 people redundant. I think it is fair to say that does not inspire confidence. I believe with the right staff and systems in operation the hospitals in special measures can be revived with confidence. We know it cost's money but this is one service the public want and would pay a bit more tax to keep it running smoothly. I also believe the ham fisted attempts at preparing the NHS for privatising has backfired badly. mavrick
  • Score: 1

7:45pm Tue 16 Jul 13

sim1846 says...

Hi All, well then what not a surprise, it's about time the Government told everyone the truth, in that unless the NHS is changed by introducing the same system as they have in Australia Medicare which works so much better than our old NHS, then this country will end up Bankrupt, or we pay far more tax like they do in Denmark at around 60%.

We don't have an alternative, and you can't keep borrowing money to keep the NHS afloat, its about time we all faced up to it.

It's just like the UK pension system, it does not work, so why have it, lets put it this way the UK Pension system is so bad that even the Australian Government don't let you transfer your Supper fund here, and to be frank I trust that system more than the UK pension, and you can self manage your own fund in Aus, here you don't have a choice of were your investment goes, let put it this way if the US stock market is falling and you have a % of your Aussie fund in that, I can go online and change the % to some other investment that is doing better.
Hi All, well then what not a surprise, it's about time the Government told everyone the truth, in that unless the NHS is changed by introducing the same system as they have in Australia Medicare which works so much better than our old NHS, then this country will end up Bankrupt, or we pay far more tax like they do in Denmark at around 60%. We don't have an alternative, and you can't keep borrowing money to keep the NHS afloat, its about time we all faced up to it. It's just like the UK pension system, it does not work, so why have it, lets put it this way the UK Pension system is so bad that even the Australian Government don't let you transfer your Supper fund here, and to be frank I trust that system more than the UK pension, and you can self manage your own fund in Aus, here you don't have a choice of were your investment goes, let put it this way if the US stock market is falling and you have a % of your Aussie fund in that, I can go online and change the % to some other investment that is doing better. sim1846
  • Score: -3

11:49pm Tue 16 Jul 13

POW WOW says...

They closed the old infirmary on Bolton road when it was rife with MRSA and moved up the hill to Queens park. I find it an utter disgrace that they have brought the MRSA up the hill with them !!!!!! Will they ever learn ???
They closed the old infirmary on Bolton road when it was rife with MRSA and moved up the hill to Queens park. I find it an utter disgrace that they have brought the MRSA up the hill with them !!!!!! Will they ever learn ??? POW WOW
  • Score: -2

5:32am Wed 17 Jul 13

fabinribblevalley says...

When you try to stand a pyramid on it's point it will fall over that is what has happened to not only the NHS but all public departments. This day and age everyone needs an assistant, why god only knows. The money wasted in departments that are not actually dealing with patients is obscene. New equipment replacing things that do not need replacing going into offices with heaters on full and the windows wide open, they tell us to switch things off try going into the NHS offices at anytime day or night you will see every computer ( dozens of them) left on 24/7 365 days of the year. I know I have seen it first hand. I'm no wiz kid but I could save the NHS and other departments millions and what's more I would do it for free.
When you try to stand a pyramid on it's point it will fall over that is what has happened to not only the NHS but all public departments. This day and age everyone needs an assistant, why god only knows. The money wasted in departments that are not actually dealing with patients is obscene. New equipment replacing things that do not need replacing going into offices with heaters on full and the windows wide open, they tell us to switch things off try going into the NHS offices at anytime day or night you will see every computer ( dozens of them) left on 24/7 365 days of the year. I know I have seen it first hand. I'm no wiz kid but I could save the NHS and other departments millions and what's more I would do it for free. fabinribblevalley
  • Score: 1

8:39am Wed 17 Jul 13

glenroyd says...

Undoubtedly the demands on services have contributed to the shambles at the East Lancashire Hospital Trust but that on its own does not explain the award of 'special measures'
There's a need for a substantial wind of change to blow through the Executive at ELHT as each individual member has contributed to the current state of affairs.
Yesterday Ms. Catherina Schram, the Medical Director, promised to listen to the concerns of patients and to put things right - so what has she been doing since her appointment in 2006!!
Ms. Schram made a very important point regarding inadequate staffing levels so what has the Director of Human Resources, Ian Brandwood, done to stop the rot since his appointment in 2009?? Huge sums of money have been spent on a 'finger in the dyke' strategy of employing bank staff instead of developing and implementing a robust and sustainable organisational structure.
The Deputy Chief Executive, Lynn Wissett, has already left and Ms. Schram and Mr. Brandwood have both reached and passed their 'use by' date - time to go I'm afraid. Mark Brearley, the Chief Exec, spouts fine words about learning lessons but I doubt his commitment or competence to even start putting things right.
Undoubtedly the demands on services have contributed to the shambles at the East Lancashire Hospital Trust but that on its own does not explain the award of 'special measures' There's a need for a substantial wind of change to blow through the Executive at ELHT as each individual member has contributed to the current state of affairs. Yesterday Ms. Catherina Schram, the Medical Director, promised to listen to the concerns of patients and to put things right - so what has she been doing since her appointment in 2006!! Ms. Schram made a very important point regarding inadequate staffing levels so what has the Director of Human Resources, Ian Brandwood, done to stop the rot since his appointment in 2009?? Huge sums of money have been spent on a 'finger in the dyke' strategy of employing bank staff instead of developing and implementing a robust and sustainable organisational structure. The Deputy Chief Executive, Lynn Wissett, has already left and Ms. Schram and Mr. Brandwood have both reached and passed their 'use by' date - time to go I'm afraid. Mark Brearley, the Chief Exec, spouts fine words about learning lessons but I doubt his commitment or competence to even start putting things right. glenroyd
  • Score: 0

3:48pm Wed 17 Jul 13

kateash says...

glenroyd wrote:
Undoubtedly the demands on services have contributed to the shambles at the East Lancashire Hospital Trust but that on its own does not explain the award of 'special measures'
There's a need for a substantial wind of change to blow through the Executive at ELHT as each individual member has contributed to the current state of affairs.
Yesterday Ms. Catherina Schram, the Medical Director, promised to listen to the concerns of patients and to put things right - so what has she been doing since her appointment in 2006!!
Ms. Schram made a very important point regarding inadequate staffing levels so what has the Director of Human Resources, Ian Brandwood, done to stop the rot since his appointment in 2009?? Huge sums of money have been spent on a 'finger in the dyke' strategy of employing bank staff instead of developing and implementing a robust and sustainable organisational structure.
The Deputy Chief Executive, Lynn Wissett, has already left and Ms. Schram and Mr. Brandwood have both reached and passed their 'use by' date - time to go I'm afraid. Mark Brearley, the Chief Exec, spouts fine words about learning lessons but I doubt his commitment or competence to even start putting things right.
Spot on !
[quote][p][bold]glenroyd[/bold] wrote: Undoubtedly the demands on services have contributed to the shambles at the East Lancashire Hospital Trust but that on its own does not explain the award of 'special measures' There's a need for a substantial wind of change to blow through the Executive at ELHT as each individual member has contributed to the current state of affairs. Yesterday Ms. Catherina Schram, the Medical Director, promised to listen to the concerns of patients and to put things right - so what has she been doing since her appointment in 2006!! Ms. Schram made a very important point regarding inadequate staffing levels so what has the Director of Human Resources, Ian Brandwood, done to stop the rot since his appointment in 2009?? Huge sums of money have been spent on a 'finger in the dyke' strategy of employing bank staff instead of developing and implementing a robust and sustainable organisational structure. The Deputy Chief Executive, Lynn Wissett, has already left and Ms. Schram and Mr. Brandwood have both reached and passed their 'use by' date - time to go I'm afraid. Mark Brearley, the Chief Exec, spouts fine words about learning lessons but I doubt his commitment or competence to even start putting things right.[/p][/quote]Spot on ! kateash
  • Score: 0

4:10pm Wed 17 Jul 13

Mr Blunt says...

kateash wrote:
glenroyd wrote:
Undoubtedly the demands on services have contributed to the shambles at the East Lancashire Hospital Trust but that on its own does not explain the award of 'special measures'
There's a need for a substantial wind of change to blow through the Executive at ELHT as each individual member has contributed to the current state of affairs.
Yesterday Ms. Catherina Schram, the Medical Director, promised to listen to the concerns of patients and to put things right - so what has she been doing since her appointment in 2006!!
Ms. Schram made a very important point regarding inadequate staffing levels so what has the Director of Human Resources, Ian Brandwood, done to stop the rot since his appointment in 2009?? Huge sums of money have been spent on a 'finger in the dyke' strategy of employing bank staff instead of developing and implementing a robust and sustainable organisational structure.
The Deputy Chief Executive, Lynn Wissett, has already left and Ms. Schram and Mr. Brandwood have both reached and passed their 'use by' date - time to go I'm afraid. Mark Brearley, the Chief Exec, spouts fine words about learning lessons but I doubt his commitment or competence to even start putting things right.
Spot on !
Couldn't agree more!! There are a few more names I would put on the list of 'use by' dates in that place or the 'isn't fit for purpose'!!!
[quote][p][bold]kateash[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glenroyd[/bold] wrote: Undoubtedly the demands on services have contributed to the shambles at the East Lancashire Hospital Trust but that on its own does not explain the award of 'special measures' There's a need for a substantial wind of change to blow through the Executive at ELHT as each individual member has contributed to the current state of affairs. Yesterday Ms. Catherina Schram, the Medical Director, promised to listen to the concerns of patients and to put things right - so what has she been doing since her appointment in 2006!! Ms. Schram made a very important point regarding inadequate staffing levels so what has the Director of Human Resources, Ian Brandwood, done to stop the rot since his appointment in 2009?? Huge sums of money have been spent on a 'finger in the dyke' strategy of employing bank staff instead of developing and implementing a robust and sustainable organisational structure. The Deputy Chief Executive, Lynn Wissett, has already left and Ms. Schram and Mr. Brandwood have both reached and passed their 'use by' date - time to go I'm afraid. Mark Brearley, the Chief Exec, spouts fine words about learning lessons but I doubt his commitment or competence to even start putting things right.[/p][/quote]Spot on ![/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more!! There are a few more names I would put on the list of 'use by' dates in that place or the 'isn't fit for purpose'!!! Mr Blunt
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