SAVE THE ALEX PRESS RELEASE 15/2/15
SAVE THE ALEX
PRESS RELEASE 15/2/15
Entire A&E consultant team quits at hospital after ‘row with management’
The Save the Alex campaign team is calling for urgent intervention by the Government to prevent the situation from the Alexandra Hospital from deteriorating any further.
Friday saw the resignation of all 4 senior ED consultants at the Alex and another from the Worcestershire Royal. This is unprecedented and clearly co-ordinated action by a group of staff who we believe have not been listened to by the management causing a total breakdown in their relationship.
When this is coupled with allegations of bullying and intimidation, their attempt to ban a paramedic for raising safety concerns, the financial problems the Trust has – including a forecast deficit of almost £28million -we believe the position of the current board is untenable.
Neal Stote, chairman of the Save the Alex campaign, said: “The decision by the five ED consultants to quit on one day is unprecedented and the ultimate vote of no confidence in the management. Staff are voting with their feet.
“The future of our a&e now hangs in the balance. Given the national shortage of ED consultants and the problems the Trust has I fail to see how they will be able to replace these members of staff. It is situation entirely of their own making.
“The health minister has consistently said this is a local decision but the situation is now so serious the Government cannot wash their hands of this any longer.
“The Trust is failing financially, it’s failing its staff and it’s time for a Trust with a proven track record to take over and we believe that Trust is University Hospitals Birmingham.
“The Government needs to step in and make that happen and fast.”
Leader of Redditch Council Councillor Bill Hartnett responded to Friday’s news saying “he was shocked when he heard the news and is seeking urgent meetings with the trust and with government Ministers to understand what has happened and what is being done to address the situation. We have been saying for over 2 years now that the services at the Alex are crucial to the community and that they are maintained – the latest developments means that something finally has to be done to resolve the issues. It is vital that all the current services are maintained”
Save the Alex Campaign Team