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£1.9m invested in additional East Lancs nursing staff

Chorley Citizen: £1.9m invested in additional East Lancs nursing staff £1.9m invested in additional East Lancs nursing staff

EAST Lancashire’s hospitals have invested £1.9million in additional nursing staff, said director of finance Jonathan Wood.

He was responding to a question relating to the costs of last year’s Keogh Review, which highlighted several major problems at the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General Hospitals.

The review made dozens of recommendations, and persuaded the government to place the hospitals in special measures.

Mr Wood said: “The trust has made a number of investments in staffing over a number of years.

“Importantly, while the Keogh Review has not driven additional recurrent cost, it has supported us in better understanding where our pressure points have been.

“For instance, we have invested around £1.9million in additional nursing staff for our wards.

“This was not as a result of the Keogh Review, but an annual assessment of benchmarking for nursing numbers.

“One of the main responses to the Keogh Review was our commitment to listen to, and involve, our staff and patients.

“This can often be about doing things differently, rather than doing new things.”

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6:19pm Thu 20 Feb 14

shytalk says...

Great news if they are not on Zero hours contracts, or working for an agency.
Seriously bad news if they are.
What worries me is they say they have made investments in staff but yet made staff redundant.
It still seems to me that emphasis is placed on performance figures by the management and the way they can squeeze every last ounce out of the medical and ancillary staff at the expense of patients.
I may be wrong but lets see. I can only comment from having had the misfortune of being admitted to Blackburn hospital and being at the mercy of nurses and doctors who did a fantastic job on me.
God Bless you
Great news if they are not on Zero hours contracts, or working for an agency. Seriously bad news if they are. What worries me is they say they have made investments in staff but yet made staff redundant. It still seems to me that emphasis is placed on performance figures by the management and the way they can squeeze every last ounce out of the medical and ancillary staff at the expense of patients. I may be wrong but lets see. I can only comment from having had the misfortune of being admitted to Blackburn hospital and being at the mercy of nurses and doctors who did a fantastic job on me. God Bless you shytalk
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7:54pm Thu 20 Feb 14

wrinkles says...

I'm not hopeful of the quality of their new staff for Blackburn. For instance an east European junior doctor didn't recognise symptoms of appendicitis and tried to send my son home from hospital (over my dead body) he had his appendix removed urgently four hours later. whilst on the labour "table" I was berated for being a bladdy pom" by an Australian junior doctor.
I'm not hopeful of the quality of their new staff for Blackburn. For instance an east European junior doctor didn't recognise symptoms of appendicitis and tried to send my son home from hospital (over my dead body) he had his appendix removed urgently four hours later. whilst on the labour "table" I was berated for being a bladdy pom" by an Australian junior doctor. wrinkles
  • Score: 2

6:59am Fri 21 Feb 14

happycyclist says...

More foreign language-speaking staff to cope with the increase in foreign-language speakers?
More foreign language-speaking staff to cope with the increase in foreign-language speakers? happycyclist
  • Score: -1

10:35am Fri 21 Feb 14

mavrick says...

The truth would be the best contribution from the management. I can't see where there is £1.9 million improvement. I do not believe a single word that comes out of their mouths.
The truth would be the best contribution from the management. I can't see where there is £1.9 million improvement. I do not believe a single word that comes out of their mouths. mavrick
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