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No ‘plan B’ if health staff recruitment drive fails in East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph: No ‘plan B’ if health staff recruitment drive fails in East Lancashire No ‘plan B’ if health staff recruitment drive fails in East Lancashire

HOSPITAL bosses in East Lancashire have admitted there is no ‘plan B’ if they fail to recruit enough permanent doctors and nurses.

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, along with most other trusts, has struggled to recruit enough emergency doctors and qualified nurses to fill all the funded posts.

This has caused the trust to rely heavily on expensive temporary staff, with up to £2 million spent monthly.

Non-executive director David Wharfe asked his colleagues at a trust board meeting: “What’s plan B if plan A, of recruitment, doesn’t succeed?

“What are we doing to say come to East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, rather than, say, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals?”

Human resources director Kevin Moynes said he did not know the answer, but said at least 12 other trusts in special measures were in a ‘far worse’ position.

But interim chief executive Jim Birrell said the trust had so far been ‘incredibly successful’ in recruiting more permanent staff.

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6:35pm Wed 12 Mar 14

mavrick says...

Jim Birrell needs to wake up to the reality of the situation. The ELHT has a dreadful reputation due to failings of this coalition and the previous labour PFI deals. The financial shortfall encouraged management to squeeze out long serving loyal and highly trained staff. Might I suggest a far more open and transparent structure, There also has to be proper contracts with the appropriate pay which offers security to the doctors and nurses. The current senior managers who were running the trust during the disastrous attempts at merging the services between Blackburn and Burnley need to be removed. The trust should realise the mistakes and be big enough to reverse some of the major mistakes, Actions like this would certainly show the trust was listening. I am sure this would be the start of making the ELHT a more attractive employer. If we could encourage senior consultant to return to the hospitals we could certainly say we have teaching hospitals again. The trust need to listen to the current staff of every department, from the clinicians to the cleaners as they all play an important part in making the hospitals run smoothly. Their knowledge is vital, they will tell you the best way to do their job and where savings could be made, The trust must challenge the government on the expected savings that can not possibly be made. It will be an uphill battle.
Jim Birrell needs to wake up to the reality of the situation. The ELHT has a dreadful reputation due to failings of this coalition and the previous labour PFI deals. The financial shortfall encouraged management to squeeze out long serving loyal and highly trained staff. Might I suggest a far more open and transparent structure, There also has to be proper contracts with the appropriate pay which offers security to the doctors and nurses. The current senior managers who were running the trust during the disastrous attempts at merging the services between Blackburn and Burnley need to be removed. The trust should realise the mistakes and be big enough to reverse some of the major mistakes, Actions like this would certainly show the trust was listening. I am sure this would be the start of making the ELHT a more attractive employer. If we could encourage senior consultant to return to the hospitals we could certainly say we have teaching hospitals again. The trust need to listen to the current staff of every department, from the clinicians to the cleaners as they all play an important part in making the hospitals run smoothly. Their knowledge is vital, they will tell you the best way to do their job and where savings could be made, The trust must challenge the government on the expected savings that can not possibly be made. It will be an uphill battle. mavrick
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