News Shopper calls for resignation of South London Healthcare Trust bosses

Trust chief executive Chris Streather - should he stay or go?

Trust chief executive Chris Streather - should he stay or go?

First published in Bexley

This is Chris Streather, chief executive of the South London Healthcare Trust.

The trust’s changes to healthcare in south London have left Bexley as the only London borough without an A&E and Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s A&E department in Woolwich in turmoil.

The trust has now been battered by the Care Quality Commission, whose inspectors uncovered a chilling catalogue of errors ranging from confidential patient records left lying on trolleys to medicines stored in unlocked cupboards.

Staff morale is on the floor.

Is it time this man and his trust were sent packing?

We say yes.

REGULATOR'S CONCERN ABOUT PATIENT CARE

AN independent care regulator has revealed its concerns about the quality and safety of healthcare being provided by the South London Healthcare Trust.

In some cases the trust is in breach of its legal responsibilities.

Following unannounced visits last September, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has given the trust until Friday (January 21) to produce an action plan to address the shortcomings.

The CQC has threatened enforcement action if the required improvements have not been made.

Its September visits were to Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, Princess Royal Hospital in Farnborough, Woolwich’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Beckenham Beacon outpatient hospital.

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The CQC says it identified breaches in regulations covering staffing levels, standards of care, management of medicines, systems meant to assess care standards, safeguarding and record keeping.

However trust chief executive, Dr Chris Streather, welcomed the reports saying: “We know there are still improvements we have to make.”

He claimed: “In our first 20 months we have made some notable improvements,” citing improved stroke care and lower infection and mortality rates.

He added: “Overall, we are pleased the CQC found patients were happy with the care they are receiving, and our staff are professional and caring.”

Dr Streather said where the CQC had required improvements, the trust had taken steps to put them right.

He added: “Our priorities for this year will be to continue the steady progress we have already made, ensure the procedures pointed out by the CQC are put right, and develop our relationship with local GPs who, as the first port of call for most of our patients, will help us become a first class hospital.”

SOME OF THE TRUST'S BREACHES OF CARE

AMONG the concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission were:

Staffing

Staff and patients at Queen Mary’s and the Queen Elizabeth spoke to CQC inspectors about their concerns at the shortage of clinical and support staff.

Staff also spoke about low morale and their feeling they were “invisible” to trust bosses who did not listen to their opinions.

The CQC was also concerned about the high number of staff without Criminal Records Bureau checks and the lack of support for career progression.

Records

Inspectors were worried about the security and accuracy of patient records and reported finding them lying on open desks or unlocked trolleys.

There were also gaps and inaccuracies in the records which were bulky, disorganised and could sometimes not be found when needed.

Medicines

The CQC found medicines stored in unlocked cupboards at the Princess Royal and Queen Elizabeth and there were gaps, omissions and inconsistences across all the hospitals in the records of patient medication.

There was also a lack of information for patients about medicines prescribed while in hospital and about those provided on discharge.

Nutrition

Inspectors found there were problems at Queen Mary’s with making sure patients were encouraged to eat and given help if they needed it. A system of serving food on red trays to identify those who needed help was not working properly.

Full details of the three reports are available at http://caredirectory.cqc.org.uk/caredirectory/searchthecaredirectory.cfm?cit_id=RYQ&widCall1=customWidgets.content_view_1&element=

MP ECHOES NEWS SHOPPER'S CONCERN ABOUT TRUST

MP James Brokenshire has written to Health Secretary Andrew Lansley in the wake of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) findings, urging him to consider removing South London Healthcare Trust (SLHT) from running the Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich hospitals.

The MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup says the creation of the trust in April 2009 was “an experiment which failed” and it was now time to go in a different direction.

Mr Brokenshire said there had been a reasonable argument when the trust was created, it would create economies of scale and drive up quality of care.

He added: “But that has not been the reality.”

Mr Brokenshire said he did not believe SLHT and the A Picture of Health (APOH) proposals were the answer to the area’s healthcare problems He has suggested to Mr Lansley the three hospitals should be absorbed into one or more of the trusts running London’s teaching hospitals, such as King’s College or Guy’s and St Thomas’s.

Mr Lansley is currently considering the future of the APOH proposals.

ANGRY REACTION TO FINDINGS

Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett said: “I was very concerned about the problems highlighted by the investigations, particularly with regards to medicines, care, safeguarding and welfare of patients, record-keeping and staff morale.

“As SLHT has existed as an organisation for nearly two years, I am surprised many of these had not been addressed before.”

Councillor Ross Downing who chairs Bexley Council’s health scrutiny committee said: "It is clear residents across the borough are experiencing poor levels of care and while, staff are doing their best, there are just not enough to cope.

“The inspectors found staff working unacceptably long hours, and essential care such as adequate safety for the most vulnerable patients being compromised and this is just not good enough.”

Helen Ellis, 52, from Plumstead Common, set up the Niekrash Law Group to protest against the trust’s treatment of Dr Ramon Niekrash, a consultant urologist, who in 2008 blew the whistle on problems at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich’s urology department.

She is now calling for the resignation of the SLHT chief executive Dr Chris Streather and George Jenkins, chairman of the trust board.

Mrs Ellis said: “Nothing about the report surprises me.

“It’s about time all of this started coming out.

“I’ve actually said to Dr Streather myself that the best thing for him to do would be to resign.

“Nobody there is doing enough to sort these problems out.”

She is planning a protest at the Queen Elizabeth next month. To find out more about the protest,email londonlink@hotmail.com

Bob Neill, MP for Bromley and Chislehurst, said: “This report presents a damning assessment of the SLHT and patients and staff alike will, quite rightly, be questioning whether this body is capable of delivering the standards of care we expect in our local hospitals.”

He added: “The case for disruptive reconfiguration plans has been undermined heavily by these revelations and, in the interests of improving patient services and staff moral, I would urge SLHT to do the right thing and restore appropriate acute services at Queen Mary’s Hospital as swiftly as possible.”

Orpington MP Jo Johnson said: “These are the standards of care patients have a right to expect in any hospital, and I will hold the trust management to account if it continues to fail to meet them.”

Bob Stewart, Beckenham MP, also expressed his concern and said he would be seeking a meeting with trust chief executive Dr Chris Streather as soon as possible.

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11:38am Fri 21 Jan 11

Elephant1 says...

Who cares what the News Shopper thinks - hardly the cutting edge of modern journalism
Who cares what the News Shopper thinks - hardly the cutting edge of modern journalism Elephant1
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12:25pm Fri 21 Jan 11

jca111 says...

Elephant1 wrote:
Who cares what the News Shopper thinks - hardly the cutting edge of modern journalism
Wow - he must be quaking in his boots - the local rag is after him!!!

Big ideas above your station NS?
[quote][p][bold]Elephant1[/bold] wrote: Who cares what the News Shopper thinks - hardly the cutting edge of modern journalism[/p][/quote]Wow - he must be quaking in his boots - the local rag is after him!!! Big ideas above your station NS? jca111
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2:46pm Fri 21 Jan 11

thamesmeadman says...

What the f*** is the Bupa sponsored news shopper on. I've just read the inspection report that it has based it's story on. It's quite positive about the hospital and said the patient care is good.We think you want your private healthcare mates to get their greedy hands on out hospitals-- keep them out
What the f*** is the Bupa sponsored news shopper on. I've just read the inspection report that it has based it's story on. It's quite positive about the hospital and said the patient care is good.We think you want your private healthcare mates to get their greedy hands on out hospitals-- keep them out thamesmeadman
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2:50pm Fri 21 Jan 11

longdistanceclara says...

I agree with that comment. I saw a Bexley GP on the news the other day saying they wanted to set up deals with private companies. Keep queen marys in the hands of the local NHS dont sell it out . It's not brilliant at the moment but my family get quite good care
I agree with that comment. I saw a Bexley GP on the news the other day saying they wanted to set up deals with private companies. Keep queen marys in the hands of the local NHS dont sell it out . It's not brilliant at the moment but my family get quite good care longdistanceclara
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4:21pm Fri 21 Jan 11

outkast says...

Whether it's a 'local rag' or not I applaud the NS for calling for Streather and his Board's resignation. He has failed on very basic essential standards of care. He has been given 7 days to put right the worst of the failings. He has dealt with staff shortages by closing departments down and the new super Trust is in financial ruin - one of only seven in the country - one of only two in London that are formally declared 'financially challenged Trust's' by the department of health. This has nothing to do with left or right wing politics or dogma just a group of very poorly performing public servants who need to go. Now.
Whether it's a 'local rag' or not I applaud the NS for calling for Streather and his Board's resignation. He has failed on very basic essential standards of care. He has been given 7 days to put right the worst of the failings. He has dealt with staff shortages by closing departments down and the new super Trust is in financial ruin - one of only seven in the country - one of only two in London that are formally declared 'financially challenged Trust's' by the department of health. This has nothing to do with left or right wing politics or dogma just a group of very poorly performing public servants who need to go. Now. outkast
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5:04pm Fri 21 Jan 11

MUSICMASTER says...

PRIVATE PROFITS BY THEFT OF PUBLICLY OWNED ASSETS.
The arrogant refusal by SE London Trust to consider the concerns of the people of Bexley, it’s Council and three MP’s , will count in support of medical negligence actions brought against the Trust by deliberately destroying the principal of urgent care for serious accident victims in Bexley.
A mass of claims by residents whose relatives have died because they did not receive the prompt attention of a doctor by the cynical actions of closing a successful A and E at Queen Marys when failing to put any adequate provision in place. Medical Negligence on a huge scale. Choosing to put lives at risk by understaffing and failing to offer an acute service.
The South East London Trust closed Queen Marys A and E citing ‘safety’ when the situation is now that you have never been less safe. Should you now have a heart attack in Sidcup you will be at least 40 minutes from arriving at Queen Elizabeth A and E where your emergency ambulance can wait in a queue for an hour for you to be admitted to a four to ten hour wait. Proximity and adequate space and staffing are issues that determine life and death. The extra space promised at Queen Elizabeth has not even started to be built since there is no money to pay for any building work because they are over 100 million in debt and insolvent. Yet more lies to confuse the truth.
Lives are at risk from the incompetence of allowing such scenes of third world mismanagement as have been reported at Queen Elizabeth A and E , causing emergency ambulances to wait an hour to discharge urgent patients. 100 patient queues and 10 hour waits for patients in urgent need.
POLICE CALLED OUT TO TURN PATIENTS AWAY. SCANDAL OF DENIAL OF URGENT SERVICES. Their options are to travel 12 miles to Farborough PRU with a norovirus outbreak or travel 14 miles to Dartford Darenth Valley.
The trust makes a statement where they claim to monitor the situation at Queen Elizabeth A and E ’ a daily basis’ Yet then state that ‘they have no knowledge of emergency ambulances queuing for an hour to deposit acute patients because A and E is full’ So they are NOT monitoring the Situation.
if they DO know about police turning patients away they are pretending it hasn’t happened. If they don’t know about this scandalous refusal of service, then of course it proves they are dangerously incompetent.
The lies ,deceptions and misinformation given by South East London Trust are evidence of fraud against the people of Bexley. Lives are being put at risk by incompetent management trying to save money by destroying our Hospital and robbing its assets to benefit the privately owned sites at Woolwich and Farnborough.
My anticoagulant clinic that is held in Queen Marys (1.5 miles) recently refurbished facilities is now to close. I refuse to travel to Locksbottom (8 miles) or Woolwich (5 miles) By definition Warfarin patients are older and have suffered a life threatening episode of blood clots or heart attack so have a limited life expectancy . Making us travel miles to wait all day makes no sense.
Unless it stems from an intention to kill off old people to save paying their pension.
The mismanaging trust has failed to have either the staff or the space to take over a thousand Warfarin patients a week. Just like the A and E fiasco where they have no extra facilities or space to cope with the one thousand two hundred patients that would have been seen by Queen Marys.
They simply have not planned to take another thousand patients for blood tests resulting in attending a Warfarin Clinic turning into a whole day of travel and interminable waiting. They don’t even have enough car parking spaces. A neighbour reports recently waiting for 3 hours for a blood test at Queen Elizabeth.
People of Bexley and its council have been treated with contempt by this gang of incompetent fraudsters.
Lying and thieving the assets of Bexley Healthcare to benefit private profits of private sites. The lives of the many of Bexley put at risk for the obscene Billion pound profits for a handful of investors in the two PFI sites. The effect of the trusts actions are the same as if QM Hospital has been privatised.
This clearly has nothing to do with ‘safety’. Lives are put at risk to save a situation of two hospitals owing 250 million of debt. Trading whilst insolvent.
PRIVATE PROFITS BY THEFT OF PUBLICLY OWNED ASSETS. The arrogant refusal by SE London Trust to consider the concerns of the people of Bexley, it’s Council and three MP’s , will count in support of medical negligence actions brought against the Trust by deliberately destroying the principal of urgent care for serious accident victims in Bexley. A mass of claims by residents whose relatives have died because they did not receive the prompt attention of a doctor by the cynical actions of closing a successful A and E at Queen Marys when failing to put any adequate provision in place. Medical Negligence on a huge scale. Choosing to put lives at risk by understaffing and failing to offer an acute service. The South East London Trust closed Queen Marys A and E citing ‘safety’ when the situation is now that you have never been less safe. Should you now have a heart attack in Sidcup you will be at least 40 minutes from arriving at Queen Elizabeth A and E where your emergency ambulance can wait in a queue for an hour for you to be admitted to a four to ten hour wait. Proximity and adequate space and staffing are issues that determine life and death. The extra space promised at Queen Elizabeth has not even started to be built since there is no money to pay for any building work because they are over 100 million in debt and insolvent. Yet more lies to confuse the truth. Lives are at risk from the incompetence of allowing such scenes of third world mismanagement as have been reported at Queen Elizabeth A and E , causing emergency ambulances to wait an hour to discharge urgent patients. 100 patient queues and 10 hour waits for patients in urgent need. POLICE CALLED OUT TO TURN PATIENTS AWAY. SCANDAL OF DENIAL OF URGENT SERVICES. Their options are to travel 12 miles to Farborough PRU with a norovirus outbreak or travel 14 miles to Dartford Darenth Valley. The trust makes a statement where they claim to monitor the situation at Queen Elizabeth A and E ’ a daily basis’ Yet then state that ‘they have no knowledge of emergency ambulances queuing for an hour to deposit acute patients because A and E is full’ So they are NOT monitoring the Situation. if they DO know about police turning patients away they are pretending it hasn’t happened. If they don’t know about this scandalous refusal of service, then of course it proves they are dangerously incompetent. The lies ,deceptions and misinformation given by South East London Trust are evidence of fraud against the people of Bexley. Lives are being put at risk by incompetent management trying to save money by destroying our Hospital and robbing its assets to benefit the privately owned sites at Woolwich and Farnborough. My anticoagulant clinic that is held in Queen Marys (1.5 miles) recently refurbished facilities is now to close. I refuse to travel to Locksbottom (8 miles) or Woolwich (5 miles) By definition Warfarin patients are older and have suffered a life threatening episode of blood clots or heart attack so have a limited life expectancy . Making us travel miles to wait all day makes no sense. Unless it stems from an intention to kill off old people to save paying their pension. The mismanaging trust has failed to have either the staff or the space to take over a thousand Warfarin patients a week. Just like the A and E fiasco where they have no extra facilities or space to cope with the one thousand two hundred patients that would have been seen by Queen Marys. They simply have not planned to take another thousand patients for blood tests resulting in attending a Warfarin Clinic turning into a whole day of travel and interminable waiting. They don’t even have enough car parking spaces. A neighbour reports recently waiting for 3 hours for a blood test at Queen Elizabeth. People of Bexley and its council have been treated with contempt by this gang of incompetent fraudsters. Lying and thieving the assets of Bexley Healthcare to benefit private profits of private sites. The lives of the many of Bexley put at risk for the obscene Billion pound profits for a handful of investors in the two PFI sites. The effect of the trusts actions are the same as if QM Hospital has been privatised. This clearly has nothing to do with ‘safety’. Lives are put at risk to save a situation of two hospitals owing 250 million of debt. Trading whilst insolvent. MUSICMASTER
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5:30pm Fri 21 Jan 11

ayleth says...

What about the Patient Transport that is being done by Savoy Ventures. Since it changed from London Ambulance Service the service has gone down the toilet. What about the patient care and patient safety there Mr Streateher and your Trust board. Why don't you be honest about the amount of complaints that have been received from patients, everything from patients falling out of their wheelchairs, to being dumped in the corridor with an oxygen mask but no oxygen to connect it to. Or would you prefer to hear about 6 and 7 hour waits to go home after the appointment, or simply being left at the hospital and totally forgotten about. The Trust say they have not had long waits in A&E where Ambulance crews could not unload their patients, this is nothing but lies. A&E HAS been blocked because Savoy have not been moving the discharge patients quick enough and the whole circle has ground to a halt. The Trust say they have only had 7 complaints from patients, well it may have been 7 that day but again that is lies. The patients need to write in to the NS and tell them the truth about Savoy, how they have been treated by them, what quality of care they have received from them. That is the only way people will know what they are truly like. The Trust have known since the beginning, but they didn't care what they were like. All they wanted was cheap and that is what they got. The Trust say Patient Care and Patient Safety is our top priority, Well this article shows it isn't, as does employing Savoy Ventures. Come on Mr Streather and your board if you want the public to believe your words GET RID OF SAVOY and prove that patient Care and Safety truly are your top priority.
What about the Patient Transport that is being done by Savoy Ventures. Since it changed from London Ambulance Service the service has gone down the toilet. What about the patient care and patient safety there Mr Streateher and your Trust board. Why don't you be honest about the amount of complaints that have been received from patients, everything from patients falling out of their wheelchairs, to being dumped in the corridor with an oxygen mask but no oxygen to connect it to. Or would you prefer to hear about 6 and 7 hour waits to go home after the appointment, or simply being left at the hospital and totally forgotten about. The Trust say they have not had long waits in A&E where Ambulance crews could not unload their patients, this is nothing but lies. A&E HAS been blocked because Savoy have not been moving the discharge patients quick enough and the whole circle has ground to a halt. The Trust say they have only had 7 complaints from patients, well it may have been 7 that day but again that is lies. The patients need to write in to the NS and tell them the truth about Savoy, how they have been treated by them, what quality of care they have received from them. That is the only way people will know what they are truly like. The Trust have known since the beginning, but they didn't care what they were like. All they wanted was cheap and that is what they got. The Trust say Patient Care and Patient Safety is our top priority, Well this article shows it isn't, as does employing Savoy Ventures. Come on Mr Streather and your board if you want the public to believe your words GET RID OF SAVOY and prove that patient Care and Safety truly are your top priority. ayleth
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8:30pm Fri 21 Jan 11

Threadworm says...

The only people that are making a fool of themselves are those condemning The News Shopper. A truthful excellent report. They would gain nothing from suggesting that Christ Streather and other members of a failing management team, should resign or be forced to.

So they have a BUPA advert, they also advertise funeral directors too, if things do not change at Q.E. as well as making a change of management the funeral directors will not be able to cope with all the deaths that will happen at the hands of this current management.

London Ambulance service have never given anything other than a fantastic service, my husband worked with them for 7 years. They do not only deal with the dear little old lady thats had a fall, they deal with some of the most aggressive people as well as those that are extremely sick and dying. I for one do not believe that Savoy can possibly keep up the service The great London Ambulance Service have always given, another stroke by SLHT. Does that man not have any sense of loyalty to the workers or community. I have heard of cowboy builders but this is without a doubt a cowboy Chief executive and his posse. With the Savoy collecting patients who get taken to a hospital that is not safe or can not cope, what chance do any of us have.

Anybody running down the News shopper and hyping up Q.E seriously need to spend a week in Q.E or maybe the positive comments are actually from management themselves as they are the only ones that believe they will get away with all this. I for one as well as The Niekrash law group all have horrific stories from either ourselves or loved ones that have paid the ultimate price at the hands of this trust and died.

Ask the mother that contacted me with an extremely sick child and was told the wait would be over 6 hours, ask her how she felt having to then take her very sick little girl to
Princess Royal hospital. A petrified mother with an extremely ill little girl. Now tell me this hospital deserves to be given any more chances.

The trust knew from the start they could not cope with the overload from closing Queen Marys A.E. that extra few minutes journey in an emergency will be the difference between life and death, especially as they will now be transported by Savoy. At least they stood more chance with London Ambulance service's professionalism.

All these problems and many hundreds more are being ignored and the Chief executive and trust managers are getting away with it.....

That hospital has some of the finest consultants in the world, why should they have to work in such bad conditions. I really feel with the right team in there as management the hospital could be turned around.

The Niekrash Law trust group have a demonstration arranged for the end of February fully supported as none of the MP'S wanted to know when we asked for help in reporting wrongdoings at the hospital and hundreds of complaints letters unacknowledged by Chris Streather, Roger Smith and George Jenkins.
Most patients give up when their letters get ignored, but by mine being ignored by Chris Streather and the trust it made me more determined to pursue this further.

The same happened to consultant Ramon Niekrash when he voiced his concerns about patient safety, he was brave enough to persist in writing letters to the Chief executive and other levels of management but they bullied and hounded him and unlawfully suspended him. I know from emails from other people working within The QE that the only changes being made is that things are getting worse daily.

A demonstration has been organised for the end of next month for anyone who wishes to attend in protest about all services of The south London healthcare trust. Ambulance workers, hospital workers, Support for Mr Niekrash as he voiced his concerns to the trust since 2008, so all these complaints are not a new thing and nothing has changed for the better.

If you would like to take part it will be a peaceful demonstration. Please E.mail londonlink@hotmail.c
om.

Well done News Shopper a great article and great support for the well deserve London Ambulance service.
The only people that are making a fool of themselves are those condemning The News Shopper. A truthful excellent report. They would gain nothing from suggesting that Christ Streather and other members of a failing management team, should resign or be forced to. So they have a BUPA advert, they also advertise funeral directors too, if things do not change at Q.E. as well as making a change of management the funeral directors will not be able to cope with all the deaths that will happen at the hands of this current management. London Ambulance service have never given anything other than a fantastic service, my husband worked with them for 7 years. They do not only deal with the dear little old lady thats had a fall, they deal with some of the most aggressive people as well as those that are extremely sick and dying. I for one do not believe that Savoy can possibly keep up the service The great London Ambulance Service have always given, another stroke by SLHT. Does that man not have any sense of loyalty to the workers or community. I have heard of cowboy builders but this is without a doubt a cowboy Chief executive and his posse. With the Savoy collecting patients who get taken to a hospital that is not safe or can not cope, what chance do any of us have. Anybody running down the News shopper and hyping up Q.E seriously need to spend a week in Q.E or maybe the positive comments are actually from management themselves as they are the only ones that believe they will get away with all this. I for one as well as The Niekrash law group all have horrific stories from either ourselves or loved ones that have paid the ultimate price at the hands of this trust and died. Ask the mother that contacted me with an extremely sick child and was told the wait would be over 6 hours, ask her how she felt having to then take her very sick little girl to Princess Royal hospital. A petrified mother with an extremely ill little girl. Now tell me this hospital deserves to be given any more chances. The trust knew from the start they could not cope with the overload from closing Queen Marys A.E. that extra few minutes journey in an emergency will be the difference between life and death, especially as they will now be transported by Savoy. At least they stood more chance with London Ambulance service's professionalism. All these problems and many hundreds more are being ignored and the Chief executive and trust managers are getting away with it..... That hospital has some of the finest consultants in the world, why should they have to work in such bad conditions. I really feel with the right team in there as management the hospital could be turned around. The Niekrash Law trust group have a demonstration arranged for the end of February fully supported as none of the MP'S wanted to know when we asked for help in reporting wrongdoings at the hospital and hundreds of complaints letters unacknowledged by Chris Streather, Roger Smith and George Jenkins. Most patients give up when their letters get ignored, but by mine being ignored by Chris Streather and the trust it made me more determined to pursue this further. The same happened to consultant Ramon Niekrash when he voiced his concerns about patient safety, he was brave enough to persist in writing letters to the Chief executive and other levels of management but they bullied and hounded him and unlawfully suspended him. I know from emails from other people working within The QE that the only changes being made is that things are getting worse daily. A demonstration has been organised for the end of next month for anyone who wishes to attend in protest about all services of The south London healthcare trust. Ambulance workers, hospital workers, Support for Mr Niekrash as he voiced his concerns to the trust since 2008, so all these complaints are not a new thing and nothing has changed for the better. If you would like to take part it will be a peaceful demonstration. Please E.mail londonlink@hotmail.c om. Well done News Shopper a great article and great support for the well deserve London Ambulance service. Threadworm
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3:09pm Sun 23 Jan 11

Rattler One Seven says...

Well done, News Shopper, good on you for calling for the resignation of the failed Chris Streather and other members of the inept management team. They should all be sacked as their incompetence knows no bounds.

Strange that all of the posts standing up for these failures ceased at 5.30 on a Friday evening. Obviously home time for the hospitals PR folks!
Well done, News Shopper, good on you for calling for the resignation of the failed Chris Streather and other members of the inept management team. They should all be sacked as their incompetence knows no bounds. Strange that all of the posts standing up for these failures ceased at 5.30 on a Friday evening. Obviously home time for the hospitals PR folks! Rattler One Seven
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7:15pm Sun 23 Jan 11

orpingtonmummy says...

I work at the Princess Royal hospital. Blimey what can I say. I am shocked at some of the ill judged and misinformed nature of some of these comments. We get loads of things wrong at our hospital but do you remember the debts that the last lot of managers ran up and the ridiculous cost of the PFI is crippling us. Keep the trust as it is for heavens sake. If you bring in new managers we'll be back to square 1 again. I'll leave if that happens because I don't think I could bear it all again. Just leave us alone
I work at the Princess Royal hospital. Blimey what can I say. I am shocked at some of the ill judged and misinformed nature of some of these comments. We get loads of things wrong at our hospital but do you remember the debts that the last lot of managers ran up and the ridiculous cost of the PFI is crippling us. Keep the trust as it is for heavens sake. If you bring in new managers we'll be back to square 1 again. I'll leave if that happens because I don't think I could bear it all again. Just leave us alone orpingtonmummy
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8:19pm Sun 23 Jan 11

special-one says...

Close down the N.H.S. sack all the useless staff from the top to the bottom! Get good private health cover and never again subject you or yours to the farce that is the N.H.S!
Close down the N.H.S. sack all the useless staff from the top to the bottom! Get good private health cover and never again subject you or yours to the farce that is the N.H.S! special-one
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12:18am Mon 24 Jan 11

thamesmeadman says...

Special One and his Tory chums and the private health companies so beloved by NewsShopper speaks for a minority that want to see the NHS broken up into tiny pieces to be eaten up.
Special One and his Tory chums and the private health companies so beloved by NewsShopper speaks for a minority that want to see the NHS broken up into tiny pieces to be eaten up. thamesmeadman
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5:28pm Mon 24 Jan 11

outkast says...

As I recall the debt that it was claimed was run up by the previous management was £87M cash (£66M of which was the mortgage on the PRUH) and a £10M operating deficit - a reduction of £6M from the previous year. The position is now £220M cash deficit and £36-42M operating deficit. Don't take my word for it check it out. Perhaps the old management should come back.....
As I recall the debt that it was claimed was run up by the previous management was £87M cash (£66M of which was the mortgage on the PRUH) and a £10M operating deficit - a reduction of £6M from the previous year. The position is now £220M cash deficit and £36-42M operating deficit. Don't take my word for it check it out. Perhaps the old management should come back..... outkast
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12:11am Wed 26 Jan 11

Threadworm says...

orpingtonmummy wrote:
I work at the Princess Royal hospital. Blimey what can I say. I am shocked at some of the ill judged and misinformed nature of some of these comments. We get loads of things wrong at our hospital but do you remember the debts that the last lot of managers ran up and the ridiculous cost of the PFI is crippling us. Keep the trust as it is for heavens sake. If you bring in new managers we'll be back to square 1 again. I'll leave if that happens because I don't think I could bear it all again. Just leave us alone
I doubt very much you are under the strain that the consultants, urologists, radiologists and orthopaedic surgeons are, or you would not even think of saying leave things as they are.

I have seen them first hand because they are far far too overworked and are down because they trained to be perfect in their field and cant be perfect because the trusts expect them to deal with too many patients. The hospitals have as I have said some of the best consultants in the country who have worked hard for years and years to get to where they are. They are entitle to be able to treat their patients in a clean and safe environment.

The whole management structure needs to change and to be sworn in under oath about sorting out the hospitals failings.

The Queen marys needs reopening A.E and we need our safe ambulance boys and girls from L,A,S ambulance crews we were proud of unlike Savoy who people are scared to be transported by.

And again I reiterate a great eye opening article by News Shopper
[quote][p][bold]orpingtonmummy[/bold] wrote: I work at the Princess Royal hospital. Blimey what can I say. I am shocked at some of the ill judged and misinformed nature of some of these comments. We get loads of things wrong at our hospital but do you remember the debts that the last lot of managers ran up and the ridiculous cost of the PFI is crippling us. Keep the trust as it is for heavens sake. If you bring in new managers we'll be back to square 1 again. I'll leave if that happens because I don't think I could bear it all again. Just leave us alone[/p][/quote]I doubt very much you are under the strain that the consultants, urologists, radiologists and orthopaedic surgeons are, or you would not even think of saying leave things as they are. I have seen them first hand because they are far far too overworked and are down because they trained to be perfect in their field and cant be perfect because the trusts expect them to deal with too many patients. The hospitals have as I have said some of the best consultants in the country who have worked hard for years and years to get to where they are. They are entitle to be able to treat their patients in a clean and safe environment. The whole management structure needs to change and to be sworn in under oath about sorting out the hospitals failings. The Queen marys needs reopening A.E and we need our safe ambulance boys and girls from L,A,S ambulance crews we were proud of unlike Savoy who people are scared to be transported by. And again I reiterate a great eye opening article by News Shopper Threadworm
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11:13am Wed 26 Jan 11

Marty1979 says...

special-one wrote:
Close down the N.H.S. sack all the useless staff from the top to the bottom! Get good private health cover and never again subject you or yours to the farce that is the N.H.S!
All very well for some, but many would not be able to afford private cover. Bear in mind these frequently do not cover existing conditions (based on the private companies interpretation!).
The cost increases substantially based on age, and the majority will not cover anyone over 70
What would you suggest they do?
[quote][p][bold]special-one[/bold] wrote: Close down the N.H.S. sack all the useless staff from the top to the bottom! Get good private health cover and never again subject you or yours to the farce that is the N.H.S![/p][/quote]All very well for some, but many would not be able to afford private cover. Bear in mind these frequently do not cover existing conditions (based on the private companies interpretation!). The cost increases substantially based on age, and the majority will not cover anyone over 70 What would you suggest they do? Marty1979
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