Claims of Half Truths from NHS trust
SAVE THE ALEX
PRESS RELEASE 17/2/15
“Claims of Half Truths from NHS trust”
Save Alex Campaign have claimed the latest press update from Worcester Acute Hospitals Trust relating to the recent consultant resignations is full of half truths. In the statement they say (full statement below)
“The ongoing delays in moving forward have been a source of frustration for all parties and there was a recognised risk that staff could leave for other posts in the event of continued uncertainty.”
Save the Alex say there has been nothing uncertain about the future of the A&E at Alexandra the Hospital since an expert panel leading the Independent Clinical Review into the future of acute hospitals in Worcestershire recommended in its report published January 2014
“The creation of a networked ‘Emergency Centre’ at the Alexandra Hospital. Hospital based emergency services across Worcestershire will be networked and led by consultants with an ‘Emergency Centre’ at the Alexandra Hospital and a ‘Major Emergency Centre at Worcester Royal Hospital.”
Link to full report here
Neal Stote from the Save the Alex Campaign said
“Worcester Acute Hospitals Trust management have their heads in the sand if they really believe, let alone the public believe, in the statement they have put out, it is full of half truths at best.
The Independent Clinical Review report made clear what is needed, I believe it is how to implement the reports recommendations that has caused the breakdown between the trust management and the consultants. Redditch and Bromsgrove GP’s said there were problems in September 2014.”
The letter referred to by Mr Stote was sent by Redditch and Bromsgrove advisory forum in September 2014, in the letter it says. (Copy of letter here)
“We work closely with our hospital colleagues, and we know that there are issues that have been raised around clinical safety, staffing and training recognition which remain unaddressed, and which are a major risk for the clinical sustainability of the model. We believe that the model should not progress further until it is supported by the doctors and nurses at the Alexandra hospital.”
Mr Stote further added,
“What is clear is the need to have consultants at both sites, the trusts inability to retain the staff to enable this makes the managements position untenable. It is hard to see new consultants rushing to take up jobs with this trust whilst the current management remains in place given 5 consultants felt the need to take the unprecedented action of resigning on mass.
We are calling for a proven NHS trust to come in and salvage the situation which the current management have created, I believe that trust needs to be University Hospitals Birmingham. This trust has already said it will keep a consultant led A&E at the Alexandra Hospital.” (see below link)
Update on A&E from Trust
In response to the resignation of five A&E consultants, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust can confirm that adverts for all of the positions will be placed this week. All five consultants have been offered posts at Warwick Hospital which is in the process of increasing its establishment to ten to provide seven-day working
We are agreeing the leaving dates with all of the consultants concerned and their new employer with a view to flexibility around start dates, none of which will be before May. Services for patients at the Alexandra Hospital A&E department are therefore being provided as normal.
We are working with partners locally and across the region on a solution to maintain A&E services at the Alex in the future. We are pleased to have already received offers of support from other Trusts.
The future of acute hospital services in Worcestershire has been under review for more than three years. The commissioner-led review aims to ensure services across Worcestershire’s three acute hospital sites remain sustainable in the light of national shortages of medical staff in a number of key clinical specialties -A and E being one.
The ongoing delays in moving forward have been a source of frustration for all parties and there was a recognised risk that staff could leave for other posts in the event of continued uncertainty. Our focus now is on the recruitment plan to replace them