MPs praise ‘good news’ on hospital

Echo: MPs praise ‘good news’ on hospital MPs praise ‘good news’ on hospital

POLITICIANS are hopeful the partnership with the Royal Free will bring speedy changes and a positive future to Basildon Hospital.

MPs welcomed yesterday’s announcement by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, said: “I think it’s very good news that the management team will be given help and support to accelerate the speed of change.

“This is about using the experience of people who have turned around hospitals to help Basildon. The partnership demonstrates a more open and transparent approach to problem-solving.”

Basildon and Billericay MP John Baron added: “Anything that can help bring improvements is good news, but I also have confidence in the management at Basildon Hospital.

“We can’t forget these are historic issues, so I’m confident about the future.

“We should all be prepared to learn at whatever stage we are in our careers and the Royal Free is a successful, well respected hospital, so hopefully the partnership will benefit the people of Basildon.”

Here’s what our readers said on Facebook:

Magic By Kev: “Maternity is good there, but care for the elderly is definitely not. I have a story from the last couple of months about a 93-year-old neighbour who was treated appallingly.

“Dehydrated nearly every day, dirty wards, dirty trays with his food on. One doctor between three wards, and nobody listened to him calling for help anytime night or day.

Danielle Tobit: “The hospital has a bad reputation, but I think that’s due to the amount of cuts the Government put on it.

“Saying that, the maternity department is absolutely amazing.I gave birth to my daughter there and they were amazing.”

Michele Wynne: “I attend Basildon Hospital three times a week and my care is always very good.”

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9:40am Fri 20 Sep 13

Vange Resident says...

Is there any information on what will happen if there are no significant improvements? What’s the levels the trust must reach and within what time scales? I feel this is just for publicity so that Basildon “is seen to be doing something” when really they are hoping the people watching will go away and they will resume back to the bad old ways.

The solution is to remove ALL the senior managers (not the new chief exec) replace the poor management with new fresh blood and ideas, make them all accountable.

The problem has been partly down to money not being spent on patient care, get rid of the head of finance for a start and ALL the board member, non exec as well.

Managers being paid for a job they did not do, and let down the community, as the trust has been put on special measures the management should now be put on final warning and if there is not a 100% turn around they need to go!
Is there any information on what will happen if there are no significant improvements? What’s the levels the trust must reach and within what time scales? I feel this is just for publicity so that Basildon “is seen to be doing something” when really they are hoping the people watching will go away and they will resume back to the bad old ways. The solution is to remove ALL the senior managers (not the new chief exec) replace the poor management with new fresh blood and ideas, make them all accountable. The problem has been partly down to money not being spent on patient care, get rid of the head of finance for a start and ALL the board member, non exec as well. Managers being paid for a job they did not do, and let down the community, as the trust has been put on special measures the management should now be put on final warning and if there is not a 100% turn around they need to go! Vange Resident
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2:00pm Sun 22 Sep 13

EssexBetty says...

There have been many false dawns at this hospital and quite frankly I fear this will be yet another one. Every article that appears in the media, be it good or bad, elicits exactly the same response from the CEO, our MP's and local politicians - they are all confident the hospital has learned lessons and better care is now being provided. But let's be honest - it's not. Horror stories still abound. Until words become actions, the local population are still not safe in this hospital.
There have been many false dawns at this hospital and quite frankly I fear this will be yet another one. Every article that appears in the media, be it good or bad, elicits exactly the same response from the CEO, our MP's and local politicians - they are all confident the hospital has learned lessons and better care is now being provided. But let's be honest - it's not. Horror stories still abound. Until words become actions, the local population are still not safe in this hospital. EssexBetty
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