Senior doctors fire 'no-confidence' broadside at Wirral hospital chief

Wirral hospital chief executive, Len Richards

Wirral hospital chief executive, Len Richards

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Hospital bosses have promised to work with staff to resolve issues surrounding cost-cutting measures after a no-confidence vote.

Senior doctors at Wirral Hospital Trust, which runs Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge hospitals, passed a vote of no-confidence in their chief executive Len Richards.

The ballot followed a series of controversial decisions made by the Trust including changing Clatterbridge into a day-case centre only and also the proposed plans for vascular surgery to be merged with the Countess of Chester.

A joint statement has been released on behalf of Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the British Medical Association and the hospital’s medical board.

It says: “Following feedback received from the consultant body, the Trust's board of directors is working together with the Medical Board to identify how best to achieve a positive resolution to the concerns expressed.

“We have a joint commitment to ensuring that this organisation can continue to focus upon providing excellent sustainable patient care and as such are encouraged by the constructive discussions held to date.

"We are confident that we will reach a resolution that is in the best interests of the Trust and the patients it serves.”

But nursing union the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said the cost-cutting decisions will do little to improve staff morale.

RCN officer Colm Byrne said: “Thanks to a combination of bed closures, ward closures and service changes, morale among the nursing staff is almost at ‘rock bottom’.

"As if this isn’t bad enough, problems at the trust have taken a turn for the worse with consultants expressing their frustrations through a ballot”.

“For months now nurses at the trust have expressed serious fears about the effect that these changes will have on patient services and care across both hospitals sites.

"Time and again the RCN has raised genuine concerns with senior managers to warn of the impact of their cost cutting.

“Although the trust says it is listening, very little seems to change. It’s little wonder that many nurses feel so demoralised and with those members who have contacted us about the consultants ballot saying that they sympathise with their medical colleagues”.

Earlier this month, Wirral's four MPs wrote to Mr Richards criticising the decision to move vascular services to Chester.

Arrowe's vascular unit is well-established and provides treatment for life-threatening emergencies such as ruptured aneurysms, acute anaemia and traumatic injury to blood vessels.

Senior clinicians at Arrowe Park believe moving the service away from Wirral would put local patients at an increased risk.

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7:49pm Thu 14 Jul 11

hugo2008 says...

Now come on, if all the senior people running our local Main Hospital, never mind the title, it is and always will be "Arrowe Park" if they are not singing from the same song sheet, it offer little or no hope, that will be any good for the patients.
And forget all the petty "Egos" on display from "Consultants, Surgeons, and very highly paid "Directors or Managers" what the public want is a total clear out of the dead wood.
Remember some pretty drastic demolition of the NHS on Wirral has been going on for the past 15 years or more, its time it was stopped, I remember a time when we had St Caths, The general, St James, Cleaver, Clatterbridge, VCH, and many more Hospitals, now all crammed into Arrowe and Clatterbridge, enough is enough.
Now come on, if all the senior people running our local Main Hospital, never mind the title, it is and always will be "Arrowe Park" if they are not singing from the same song sheet, it offer little or no hope, that will be any good for the patients. And forget all the petty "Egos" on display from "Consultants, Surgeons, and very highly paid "Directors or Managers" what the public want is a total clear out of the dead wood. Remember some pretty drastic demolition of the NHS on Wirral has been going on for the past 15 years or more, its time it was stopped, I remember a time when we had St Caths, The general, St James, Cleaver, Clatterbridge, VCH, and many more Hospitals, now all crammed into Arrowe and Clatterbridge, enough is enough. hugo2008
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8:05pm Thu 14 Jul 11

hugo2008 says...

The National Health Service in Wirral, is now full to the gills with administrators, financial wiz kids and general clerical staff, for the most part pushing paper about, attending meetings, and keeping as far as possible away from an actual Patient.

But the total Nursing Numbers have changed very for the last 20 years.
The total Doctors, Consultants, Surgeons, and Specialists has risen at a moderate pace, mainly in line with advances in technology.

The total number of beds in Wirral has been reduced to less than a quarter of what was available in its hey day, before Arrowe Parks opened in 1982.

So you do not have to be a genius to recognise where the vast amount of money is being wasted.

Lets have some good old common sense in the running of our vital NHS Hospital Service, here on Wirral, the public expect it and have a **** good right to it, we paid for it.
The National Health Service in Wirral, is now full to the gills with administrators, financial wiz kids and general clerical staff, for the most part pushing paper about, attending meetings, and keeping as far as possible away from an actual Patient. But the total Nursing Numbers have changed very for the last 20 years. The total Doctors, Consultants, Surgeons, and Specialists has risen at a moderate pace, mainly in line with advances in technology. The total number of beds in Wirral has been reduced to less than a quarter of what was available in its hey day, before Arrowe Parks opened in 1982. So you do not have to be a genius to recognise where the vast amount of money is being wasted. Lets have some good old common sense in the running of our vital NHS Hospital Service, here on Wirral, the public expect it and have a **** good right to it, we paid for it. hugo2008
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4:45pm Fri 15 Jul 11

MrsHF says...

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The article link demonstrates exactly why the vascular services should be kept within the Wirral. While the problem this man had isn't very common, had he been living in the Wirral and forced to travel to Countess of Chester, the outcome might not have been the same.....
http://www.dailymail .co.uk/health/articl e-2015047/Doctors-se nd-POLICE-patients-h ome-tests-reveal-lif e-threatening-blood- clot.html The article link demonstrates exactly why the vascular services should be kept within the Wirral. While the problem this man had isn't very common, had he been living in the Wirral and forced to travel to Countess of Chester, the outcome might not have been the same..... MrsHF
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