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East Lancs Hospitals Trust bosses must save £16million

Lancashire Telegraph: The Royal Blackburn Hospital The Royal Blackburn Hospital

HOSPITAL bosses are scratching their heads about how to save another £16million from their budget.

Board members have raised new concerns over the state of the finances at East Lancashire Hosptials NHS Trust (ELHT), which is currently in special measures and has already been forced to deliver savings of about £30million in the last two years.

Having already made the more obvious ‘efficiencies’, finance chiefs said it will take ‘bravery and a redoubling of efforts’ to make further cuts.

Non-executive director David Wharfe said that the trust’s finances in month one of 2014/15 were a ‘cause for concern’ and ‘if the trend was to continue it would give rise to potential problems’.

He added: “The biggest cause of concern is the non-delivery of the cost improvement programme of £16million. There’s a significant element of it that remains unidentified.” Despite NHS funding being ringfenced by the current government, the increasing costs and demand for healthcare have forced every NHS hospital to find huge savings.

Although ELHT’s financial performance has been relatively strong in recent years, a third of other trusts ended the last financial year in deficit.

Russ McLean, chairman of the Pennine Lancashire Patient Voices Group, said: “This is a staggering amount to save in one year and it’s obviously very worrying for patients.”

Jonathan Wood, the trust’s finance director, said: “This is a challenge, particularly in the medical specialties. We’re effectively asking people to innovate in areas that haven’t been innovated in previously. It does take bravery and we need to redouble our efforts.”

One area set to be targeted is the spending on temporary staff, which has increased by 25 per cent since last year, despite efforts to slash the bill.

The trust has recently recruited more than 300 permanent nurses and healthcare assistants, which is expected to help reduce costs on temporary staff.

The Lancashire Telegraph has submitted a Freedom of Information request for the trust’s Cost Improvement Plan, which has not been published.

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6:37pm Wed 4 Jun 14

phil kernot says...

Why pay for a hospital. On the credit card when you can't afford the intrest rates ,, and who signed and said its ok ,, the labour goverment. ,,
Why pay for a hospital. On the credit card when you can't afford the intrest rates ,, and who signed and said its ok ,, the labour goverment. ,, phil kernot
  • Score: -2

7:35pm Wed 4 Jun 14

darwenTower says...

Hospital bosses are scratching their heads about how to save money?

Get rid of some bosses.
Hospital bosses are scratching their heads about how to save money? Get rid of some bosses. darwenTower
  • Score: 21

7:56pm Wed 4 Jun 14

maxcollie says...

Sack the C.E.O.
Sack the C.E.O. maxcollie
  • Score: 13

8:59pm Wed 4 Jun 14

shytalk says...

How about paying staff instead of double for them via employment agencies? Ah that goes against the hidden Tory agenda of privatizing the NHS though doesn't it? Got to keep snouts in the trough.
How about paying staff instead of double for them via employment agencies? Ah that goes against the hidden Tory agenda of privatizing the NHS though doesn't it? Got to keep snouts in the trough. shytalk
  • Score: 10

11:46pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Mypointis says...

Charge an entrance fee at E.D. in the region of £20 then give it back if they are there for a valid reason. It would stop these time wasters.
Build a drunk and drug tank and chuck all the scum in there and wash them down with a high pressure hose.
That would save millions.
Charge an entrance fee at E.D. in the region of £20 then give it back if they are there for a valid reason. It would stop these time wasters. Build a drunk and drug tank and chuck all the scum in there and wash them down with a high pressure hose. That would save millions. Mypointis
  • Score: 5

7:25am Thu 5 Jun 14

Sue Lee says...

They turn over more top officers than Blackburn Rovers. Let's have a local trusted person, one of us, in charge.
They turn over more top officers than Blackburn Rovers. Let's have a local trusted person, one of us, in charge. Sue Lee
  • Score: 2

8:21am Thu 5 Jun 14

Chris P Bacon says...

I would be EXTREMELY surprised to discover that the Chief-Executive of the Trust rescinds her self-imposed 7% pay rise (her seventh CONSECUTIVE one BTW) in a determined attempt to save money. After all, the pain must be borne by the others, NEVER her.
I would be EXTREMELY surprised to discover that the Chief-Executive of the Trust rescinds her self-imposed 7% pay rise (her seventh CONSECUTIVE one BTW) in a determined attempt to save money. After all, the pain must be borne by the others, NEVER her. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 11

8:25am Thu 5 Jun 14

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10:15am Thu 5 Jun 14

Openminded? says...

Mypointis wrote:
Charge an entrance fee at E.D. in the region of £20 then give it back if they are there for a valid reason. It would stop these time wasters.
Build a drunk and drug tank and chuck all the scum in there and wash them down with a high pressure hose.
That would save millions.
Perfect!
[quote][p][bold]Mypointis[/bold] wrote: Charge an entrance fee at E.D. in the region of £20 then give it back if they are there for a valid reason. It would stop these time wasters. Build a drunk and drug tank and chuck all the scum in there and wash them down with a high pressure hose. That would save millions.[/p][/quote]Perfect! Openminded?
  • Score: 1

10:16am Thu 5 Jun 14

Openminded? says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
I would be EXTREMELY surprised to discover that the Chief-Executive of the Trust rescinds her self-imposed 7% pay rise (her seventh CONSECUTIVE one BTW) in a determined attempt to save money. After all, the pain must be borne by the others, NEVER her.
Who do you mean the Chairman? or the actual Interim Chief, who is a "he"?
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: I would be EXTREMELY surprised to discover that the Chief-Executive of the Trust rescinds her self-imposed 7% pay rise (her seventh CONSECUTIVE one BTW) in a determined attempt to save money. After all, the pain must be borne by the others, NEVER her.[/p][/quote]Who do you mean the Chairman? or the actual Interim Chief, who is a "he"? Openminded?
  • Score: -2

10:24am Thu 5 Jun 14

vicn1956 says...

PFI
another labour success story
as Jimminy Crricket would say-"There's more....."
PFI another labour success story as Jimminy Crricket would say-"There's more....." vicn1956
  • Score: 0

10:46am Thu 5 Jun 14

vicn1956 says...

Coming to you soon-
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Nurse!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Score: 2

2:08pm Thu 5 Jun 14

mavrick says...

The NHS needs more funding now, the scare stoeies and the finger pointing is a cover for underinvestment. we need to get to the basic fundemental problems affecting the NHS, AS I see it funding is the problem. staff shortages poor recruitment and no local people taking up training for nurses and Doctors. These are symptoms of a struggling mismanaged empire. They say things go in circles, I heard the chairman of NHS England wants to return to smaller hospitals. Great I understand we need centres of excellence and teaching hospitals. Returning to small hospitals like Accrington Victoria would be fantastic for the local people. I am just waiting for a Labour government to ok this policy and then set about saving the NHS from the tory destroyers.
The NHS needs more funding now, the scare stoeies and the finger pointing is a cover for underinvestment. we need to get to the basic fundemental problems affecting the NHS, AS I see it funding is the problem. staff shortages poor recruitment and no local people taking up training for nurses and Doctors. These are symptoms of a struggling mismanaged empire. They say things go in circles, I heard the chairman of NHS England wants to return to smaller hospitals. Great I understand we need centres of excellence and teaching hospitals. Returning to small hospitals like Accrington Victoria would be fantastic for the local people. I am just waiting for a Labour government to ok this policy and then set about saving the NHS from the tory destroyers. mavrick
  • Score: 1

3:31pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Chris P Bacon says...

Openminded? wrote:
Chris P Bacon wrote:
I would be EXTREMELY surprised to discover that the Chief-Executive of the Trust rescinds her self-imposed 7% pay rise (her seventh CONSECUTIVE one BTW) in a determined attempt to save money. After all, the pain must be borne by the others, NEVER her.
Who do you mean the Chairman? or the actual Interim Chief, who is a "he"?
No, I don't write anything on here I'm certain about. I'm referring to THE Chief Executive. Please see the story here which in fact shows I was slightly wrong on the percentage increase; it was 8.5% not 7% while nurses in the trust have had an increase in their responsibilities while not receiving any increase in 5 years and only a 1% one this year!


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[quote][p][bold]Openminded?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: I would be EXTREMELY surprised to discover that the Chief-Executive of the Trust rescinds her self-imposed 7% pay rise (her seventh CONSECUTIVE one BTW) in a determined attempt to save money. After all, the pain must be borne by the others, NEVER her.[/p][/quote]Who do you mean the Chairman? or the actual Interim Chief, who is a "he"?[/p][/quote]No, I don't write anything on here I'm certain about. I'm referring to THE Chief Executive. Please see the story here which in fact shows I was slightly wrong on the percentage increase; it was 8.5% not 7% while nurses in the trust have had an increase in their responsibilities while not receiving any increase in 5 years and only a 1% one this year! http://www.lancashir etelegraph.co.uk/new s/10098657.Fury_over _pay_rises_for_Lanca shire_NHS_directors/ ?ref=rc Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 3

3:37pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Chris P Bacon says...

Sorry, I did of course mean 'I don't write anything on here I'm NOT certain about'! And I am certain about this!
Sorry, I did of course mean 'I don't write anything on here I'm NOT certain about'! And I am certain about this! Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 3

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