Health trust losing £1.3m a month

First published in News

BOLTON NHS Foundation Trust is losing between £1.3 million and £1.5 million every month.

It comes after the cash-strapped trust, which runs the Royal Bolton Hospital and community-based services at health centres, announced 500 jobs, including some frontline staff, need to go to save money.

Of the 500 positions, 149 are nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants.

A further 20 are medical and dental, 93 are technicians, scientists and clinical support, 193 are non-clinical staff and 45 are estate facilities.

Staff were told about the cuts on Tuesday, when a formal 90-day consultation period began.

Health chiefs stressed job losses will not affect patient care — but compulsory redundancies were not ruled out.

The trust, which is almost £8 million in the red, could be £16 million in deficit by the end of the year.

Each month, money is being lost through inefficiencies and because of contracts signed by the trust, which mean it is only paid for a certain level of work.

Trust chairman David Wakefield said: “We have known for a while the financial situation at the trust was serious and the fact we are running at a monthly loss is a sign of this.

“This is largely because our activity is above the level we are contracted for, so we aren’t receiving full payment for the work we do.

“There are also areas across the trust where efficiency is below planned levels. We are working hard to develop robust plans to address the financial situation without affecting the quality of patient care and as well as our internal review processes I will be seeking assurance by peer review from other trusts.“ Staff have been told about the trust’s financial situation in a newsletter from the new turnaround director Terry Watson, where he has asked for people to suggest ways they can help to make savings.

Mr Watson was brought into the trust as part of a £1 million turnaround package by its new interim chairman David Wakefield, who was appointed by health watchdog Monitor.

The trust, which was forced to borrow £8 million from the Department of Health to pay running costs and staff wages until the end of December, also has to make £38 million savings in the next two years following government cuts.

Monitor stepped in at the hospital in August after a damning financial report revealed £3.8 million was unaccounted for — it followed another critical report in March, which placed the hospital in “red risk” after it failed A&E and 18-week targets.

Monitor put the trust at the highest risk level and Mr Wakefield was brought in to replace Cllr Cliff Morris, the leader of Bolton Council.

PricewaterhouseCoopers was also brought in to find out how the trust had ended the year £1.9 million in deficit when it had been forecast to have a £1.9 million surplus.

The turnaround team, headed by Mr Watson, includes management consulting experts from Deloitte and two senior members of staff who have been brought in to give additional support to the operation.

Geoff Stokes, who has experience in management consulting at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust and Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, is the head of programme office at the trust.

Chris West, who has experience tackling similar issues in other trusts, has been appointed as turnaround manager.

They have formed a turnaround board, which includes the hospital’s executive directors and other key senior staff. It meets each week.

The team is focusing on the health economy, which includes urgent care, efficiency, which includes theatres, outpatients, beds, pathology,and radiology, the workforce, including pay, nursing, medical and non-clinical, and non-pay workstreams, including states, income, pharmacy and procurement to make savings.

In the newsletter, which has been emailed to staff and put on the trust’s intranet, Mr Watson said: “All staff should be aware the Trust has very serious financial problems.

“We are now working on developing a major programme of activities aimed at reshaping the organisation to remove the deficit in a safe and sustainable way.

Later this month, Mr Wakefield will take the trust’s recovery plan to Monitor.

Mr Wakefield said he knew the anxiety that the job cut announcement would cause staff and said they were trying to avoid compulsory redundancies.

He added: “We have to make savings and make them quickly if the Trust is to become financially stable going forward.”

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9:31am Thu 15 Nov 12

Bendix says...

The news just goes from bad to worse. Serious mismanagement.
The news just goes from bad to worse. Serious mismanagement. Bendix
  • Score: 6

11:11am Thu 15 Nov 12

Undetectableman says...

See other Item in the BN today

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All this just beggars belief!!

if as individuals we behaved like this we would all be taken to court and locked up and certainly never allowed to have control of any business or organisation in the future
See other Item in the BN today http://www.thebolton news.co.uk/news/1004 9082.Nursing_jobs_fa ce_axe/?action=succe ss All this just beggars belief!! if as individuals we behaved like this we would all be taken to court and locked up and certainly never allowed to have control of any business or organisation in the future Undetectableman
  • Score: 5

11:19am Thu 15 Nov 12

Bendix says...

Well said but in the public sector senior staff get rewarded for failure while the troops get dumped on.
Well said but in the public sector senior staff get rewarded for failure while the troops get dumped on. Bendix
  • Score: 5

11:35am Thu 15 Nov 12

Bowtonboy says...

If patient care won't be affected, why does the taxpayer need to fund 500 surplus staff? Labour's profligacy coming home to roost, and then there's the costs of PFI.
If patient care won't be affected, why does the taxpayer need to fund 500 surplus staff? Labour's profligacy coming home to roost, and then there's the costs of PFI. Bowtonboy
  • Score: -5

11:47am Thu 15 Nov 12

Undetectableman says...

Bowtonboy wrote:
If patient care won't be affected, why does the taxpayer need to fund 500 surplus staff? Labour's profligacy coming home to roost, and then there's the costs of PFI.
Sadly Its not attributable to any specific Political Party they have all dabbled with the workings of the NHS with what can only be described as abject failure.

All the politicians need to have the guts to get together set up a multi party forum to establish a cohesive and long term non political plan of action to ensure that our Health Service is run efficiently without political intervention based on party politics.

Health is for the people not the Committee Members Managers and Politicians to line their pockets from!

Yes times are hard money is short .... but then why are we accepting allowing these highly paid admin posts with huge severance packages that they get when its all gone wrong and they want to get out !
[quote][p][bold]Bowtonboy[/bold] wrote: If patient care won't be affected, why does the taxpayer need to fund 500 surplus staff? Labour's profligacy coming home to roost, and then there's the costs of PFI.[/p][/quote]Sadly Its not attributable to any specific Political Party they have all dabbled with the workings of the NHS with what can only be described as abject failure. All the politicians need to have the guts to get together set up a multi party forum to establish a cohesive and long term non political plan of action to ensure that our Health Service is run efficiently without political intervention based on party politics. Health is for the people not the Committee Members Managers and Politicians to line their pockets from! Yes times are hard money is short .... but then why are we accepting allowing these highly paid admin posts with huge severance packages that they get when its all gone wrong and they want to get out ! Undetectableman
  • Score: 13

12:26pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Natty123 says...

Undetectableman wrote:
Bowtonboy wrote:
If patient care won't be affected, why does the taxpayer need to fund 500 surplus staff? Labour's profligacy coming home to roost, and then there's the costs of PFI.
Sadly Its not attributable to any specific Political Party they have all dabbled with the workings of the NHS with what can only be described as abject failure.

All the politicians need to have the guts to get together set up a multi party forum to establish a cohesive and long term non political plan of action to ensure that our Health Service is run efficiently without political intervention based on party politics.

Health is for the people not the Committee Members Managers and Politicians to line their pockets from!

Yes times are hard money is short .... but then why are we accepting allowing these highly paid admin posts with huge severance packages that they get when its all gone wrong and they want to get out !
Well said. However as long as they continue to preen their own feathers in accordance with their own selfish needs and wants, they will never be in a position see the mess they leave behind them in their wake. Greed and lofty positions is all they are about and as long as this is so great institutions such as the NHS will inevitably suffer.
[quote][p][bold]Undetectableman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bowtonboy[/bold] wrote: If patient care won't be affected, why does the taxpayer need to fund 500 surplus staff? Labour's profligacy coming home to roost, and then there's the costs of PFI.[/p][/quote]Sadly Its not attributable to any specific Political Party they have all dabbled with the workings of the NHS with what can only be described as abject failure. All the politicians need to have the guts to get together set up a multi party forum to establish a cohesive and long term non political plan of action to ensure that our Health Service is run efficiently without political intervention based on party politics. Health is for the people not the Committee Members Managers and Politicians to line their pockets from! Yes times are hard money is short .... but then why are we accepting allowing these highly paid admin posts with huge severance packages that they get when its all gone wrong and they want to get out ![/p][/quote]Well said. However as long as they continue to preen their own feathers in accordance with their own selfish needs and wants, they will never be in a position see the mess they leave behind them in their wake. Greed and lofty positions is all they are about and as long as this is so great institutions such as the NHS will inevitably suffer. Natty123
  • Score: 2

2:08pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Rememberscarborough says...

If it can be proven that removing 500 posts from Bolton Trust has no impact on patient care then those who made the appointments in the first place should resign because they are grossly incompetant. If the "health chiefs" are just using this as a soundbite and that patient care will be affected then they should resign for misleading the public. Either way those at the top appear to have no idea of what they are doing. Mind you I'm interested to see who is benefitting from getting services on the cheap and what the chairman plans to do about it.
If it can be proven that removing 500 posts from Bolton Trust has no impact on patient care then those who made the appointments in the first place should resign because they are grossly incompetant. If the "health chiefs" are just using this as a soundbite and that patient care will be affected then they should resign for misleading the public. Either way those at the top appear to have no idea of what they are doing. Mind you I'm interested to see who is benefitting from getting services on the cheap and what the chairman plans to do about it. Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 7

2:56pm Thu 15 Nov 12

rnorris says...

Would love to hear the opinions of Cliff Morris over this matter. I certainly hope he will be questioned in depth as he must have known what was going on. A lot of innocent people will lose their jobs over his poor management and this guy is running our local council......Frighte
ning.
Would love to hear the opinions of Cliff Morris over this matter. I certainly hope he will be questioned in depth as he must have known what was going on. A lot of innocent people will lose their jobs over his poor management and this guy is running our local council......Frighte ning. rnorris
  • Score: 10

3:27pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Willow311 says...

So less front line staff , but more per patient ratio. So it's either less patients on the wards or ward closures. Either way how do the people of Bolton benefit?
Oh yes we may get to go private if we are lucky.
Sounds like a plan coming together for the political parties in charge.
And the plan seems to be..........
Reduce services,and when a hospital closes no-one will be left to care.
Here's another plan.....how about helping bail the NHS out,like you did the bankers?
So less front line staff , but more per patient ratio. So it's either less patients on the wards or ward closures. Either way how do the people of Bolton benefit? Oh yes we may get to go private if we are lucky. Sounds like a plan coming together for the political parties in charge. And the plan seems to be.......... Reduce services,and when a hospital closes no-one will be left to care. Here's another plan.....how about helping bail the NHS out,like you did the bankers? Willow311
  • Score: 15

4:34pm Thu 15 Nov 12

stuck in the middle with you says...

“David Wakefield says:
This is largely because our activity is above the level we are contracted for, so we aren’t receiving full payment for the work we do.

So by being busier than we are supposed to be we get less money.
Is this a political conundrum or what?
If this is the future of Bolton Healthcare. God help us.
“David Wakefield says: This is largely because our activity is above the level we are contracted for, so we aren’t receiving full payment for the work we do. So by being busier than we are supposed to be we get less money. Is this a political conundrum or what? If this is the future of Bolton Healthcare. God help us. stuck in the middle with you
  • Score: 10

8:06pm Thu 15 Nov 12

wooddemon says...

Every year we give millions of pounds away " overseas aid" .
CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME
As long as these countries can get free handouts every year they will not bother to develop.

Let us see this money pumped into the Health Service instead of flushing it down the loo.

I am a retired Biomedical Scientist , in the 46 years that I was employed the workload of the lab increased by 1,000 per cent . Staff numbers increased by about 100 per cent. The Bolton Trust will confirm that this applies to all departments. So why has funding not increased in proportion to the workload?

I can honestly say that I attach more blame to the Government than I do to the Trust management.

The UK spends far less on its NHS than most EU countries.. Stop giving money to foreign scroungers and spend it onb the NHS.
Every year we give millions of pounds away " overseas aid" . CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME As long as these countries can get free handouts every year they will not bother to develop. Let us see this money pumped into the Health Service instead of flushing it down the loo. I am a retired Biomedical Scientist , in the 46 years that I was employed the workload of the lab increased by 1,000 per cent . Staff numbers increased by about 100 per cent. The Bolton Trust will confirm that this applies to all departments. So why has funding not increased in proportion to the workload? I can honestly say that I attach more blame to the Government than I do to the Trust management. The UK spends far less on its NHS than most EU countries.. Stop giving money to foreign scroungers and spend it onb the NHS. wooddemon
  • Score: 12

12:16am Fri 16 Nov 12

macauley says...

what next with this place it is not looking good.shut it down now if it cant be run better.
what next with this place it is not looking good.shut it down now if it cant be run better. macauley
  • Score: -3

8:09am Fri 16 Nov 12

DaveLister says...

You only need to read nation press to see what is coming here. The Trust is going to force staff to accept new contracts which will mean hardworking nurses and other medical staff will not get paid any extra for working nights or weekends. It stinks, all as will happen is good staff will leave and move to other local hospitals paying th national rate. Of course these changes wont effect those in the 'turnround team' ad they dont work for the Trust, and once they killed off the hospital they move off to pastures new.

Let show our support for the hard working front line staff by protesting about these unfair cuts.

May be a Freedom of Information request to Trust about the true cost of the turnround team would be appropriate, I would like to be that makes up a fiar proporation of the 1.5 million a month.
You only need to read nation press to see what is coming here. The Trust is going to force staff to accept new contracts which will mean hardworking nurses and other medical staff will not get paid any extra for working nights or weekends. It stinks, all as will happen is good staff will leave and move to other local hospitals paying th national rate. Of course these changes wont effect those in the 'turnround team' ad they dont work for the Trust, and once they killed off the hospital they move off to pastures new. Let show our support for the hard working front line staff by protesting about these unfair cuts. May be a Freedom of Information request to Trust about the true cost of the turnround team would be appropriate, I would like to be that makes up a fiar proporation of the 1.5 million a month. DaveLister
  • Score: 7

3:02pm Sat 17 Nov 12

DaveLister says...

The latest to come out at the hospital is that they are now going to make nurse work two 12 shifts a day, one from 7:30am to 8:00pm and 7:30pm to 08:00am, with no payments for working nigths. This is from the director of nursing who only six months ago told all the nurses they could not work long days (12 hour shifts) as this was dangerous for patients. Strikes me as patients dont count when they need to save money. It about time some one asked searching questions of the directors at the Trust.

What is going happen is all the nursing staff will start to move away to hospitals paying notinal rates and on one will come and work at Bolton on such poor terms.
The latest to come out at the hospital is that they are now going to make nurse work two 12 shifts a day, one from 7:30am to 8:00pm and 7:30pm to 08:00am, with no payments for working nigths. This is from the director of nursing who only six months ago told all the nurses they could not work long days (12 hour shifts) as this was dangerous for patients. Strikes me as patients dont count when they need to save money. It about time some one asked searching questions of the directors at the Trust. What is going happen is all the nursing staff will start to move away to hospitals paying notinal rates and on one will come and work at Bolton on such poor terms. DaveLister
  • Score: 2

9:43pm Sat 17 Nov 12

macauley says...

its not just about paying wages,there are far greater issues than that.
its not just about paying wages,there are far greater issues than that. macauley
  • Score: 2

11:14pm Sat 17 Nov 12

tinypet says...

off course the goverment are to blame how do you think the hospital got into so much debt, for every target not met they are fined by the goverment! a and e have a 4 hr target which they are also fined if targets are not met, you get folk going to a and e for non emergency's making the fines arise, the torys are just gonna keep f@@king us over. they are ruining this country for every thing that it stands for. Any they didnt get in with the majority vote, if you rememeber it was a farce, poling stations ran out of voting slips so people couldnt vote! it should have been void and re voted. If bolton a and e closes, it will be hope hospital we all go to. Loads of Deaths will happen. Loads more kids suffering abuse will be failed as a lot of it is picked up on in and a and e visit, they wont go to a and e £25 each way in a taxi. lesley doherty saw this coming and jumped ship. i dont work for the nhs nor at the hospital, but ive heard all 3500 staff have been given 90 days redundancy notice, dont be fooled that the 500 they decide to make redundant will get employment at another hospital coz it isnt just bolton thats in the s hit, its all hospitals they are all in the same boat coz of the fines and the government is to blame!
off course the goverment are to blame how do you think the hospital got into so much debt, for every target not met they are fined by the goverment! a and e have a 4 hr target which they are also fined if targets are not met, you get folk going to a and e for non emergency's making the fines arise, the torys are just gonna keep f@@king us over. they are ruining this country for every thing that it stands for. Any they didnt get in with the majority vote, if you rememeber it was a farce, poling stations ran out of voting slips so people couldnt vote! it should have been void and re voted. If bolton a and e closes, it will be hope hospital we all go to. Loads of Deaths will happen. Loads more kids suffering abuse will be failed as a lot of it is picked up on in and a and e visit, they wont go to a and e £25 each way in a taxi. lesley doherty saw this coming and jumped ship. i dont work for the nhs nor at the hospital, but ive heard all 3500 staff have been given 90 days redundancy notice, dont be fooled that the 500 they decide to make redundant will get employment at another hospital coz it isnt just bolton thats in the s hit, its all hospitals they are all in the same boat coz of the fines and the government is to blame! tinypet
  • Score: 0

11:18pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Bendix says...

What a fine mind you have tiny pet, clearly about the size of a pet. Critical thinking, spelling and grammar are clearly not your strong points.
What a fine mind you have tiny pet, clearly about the size of a pet. Critical thinking, spelling and grammar are clearly not your strong points. Bendix
  • Score: -5

4:35pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Chris Custodiet says...

If the Trust spokespersons are to be believed, the deficits have arisen from financial mismanagement. Yet the Trust does not just have a Director of Finance and finance office staff, it has internal auditors, external auditors, an Audit Committee, executive directors, non-executive directors and no end of governors from all quarters. It will now also have management consultants and turnround consultants paid eye-watering sums to tell them what was wrong as if it were not blindingly obvious to any competent accountant doing their job.
So who pays for all this? Not those who brought it about but the taxpayer and the front line staff who will lose their jobs.
The coalition on taking office ordered all publicly funded parts of government to publish the monthly payments they make in excess of £25,000. Can anyone tell me please where this information can be found on the Royal Bolton website? I am having difficulty finding it.
If the Trust spokespersons are to be believed, the deficits have arisen from financial mismanagement. Yet the Trust does not just have a Director of Finance and finance office staff, it has internal auditors, external auditors, an Audit Committee, executive directors, non-executive directors and no end of governors from all quarters. It will now also have management consultants and turnround consultants paid eye-watering sums to tell them what was wrong as if it were not blindingly obvious to any competent accountant doing their job. So who pays for all this? Not those who brought it about but the taxpayer and the front line staff who will lose their jobs. The coalition on taking office ordered all publicly funded parts of government to publish the monthly payments they make in excess of £25,000. Can anyone tell me please where this information can be found on the Royal Bolton website? I am having difficulty finding it. Chris Custodiet
  • Score: 0

5:03pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Bendix says...

Good point you make Chris.
Good point you make Chris. Bendix
  • Score: 0

10:32pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Chris Custodiet says...

It might be a good point Bendix but where is the missing information?
Why not try asking the Bolton News to make some enquiries? I don't live in the Bolton area but I am finding these problems are not untypical of the North West and possibly can be found throughout the UK.
It might be a good point Bendix but where is the missing information? Why not try asking the Bolton News to make some enquiries? I don't live in the Bolton area but I am finding these problems are not untypical of the North West and possibly can be found throughout the UK. Chris Custodiet
  • Score: 0

6:24am Tue 20 Nov 12

Blyton says...

DaveLister wrote:
You only need to read nation press to see what is coming here. The Trust is going to force staff to accept new contracts which will mean hardworking nurses and other medical staff will not get paid any extra for working nights or weekends. It stinks, all as will happen is good staff will leave and move to other local hospitals paying th national rate. Of course these changes wont effect those in the 'turnround team' ad they dont work for the Trust, and once they killed off the hospital they move off to pastures new. Let show our support for the hard working front line staff by protesting about these unfair cuts. May be a Freedom of Information request to Trust about the true cost of the turnround team would be appropriate, I would like to be that makes up a fiar proporation of the 1.5 million a month.
some good passionate reactions about the waste and mismanagement here. Maybe councillor Morris should be publicly accountable. Yes the contracts will be re written, staff will be hard to get or they will recruit overseas and phliipino or other nations Nurses will come here ( robbing their home countries of their valuable skills) to Nurse,with probable language challenges, and the Hospital will close. It is on the list of closures planned for the next 2 years, read the document' the health of greater manchester. You will all have to use Salford Royal hospital for emergency and none emergency treatment. Lives WILL be lost.
Protest about it all do,JOIN the mass rally at Cheadle square ( back of the crescent) on DECEMBER 1st between 12.30 and 1.30pm. Protest about cuts and mismanagement of your public institutions the hospital and the University. Write to your many MP's and David Cameron and the big media hitters, make freedom of information requests and ask for forensic auditors to go in, ask for answers at a very visible public level.
[quote][p][bold]DaveLister[/bold] wrote: You only need to read nation press to see what is coming here. The Trust is going to force staff to accept new contracts which will mean hardworking nurses and other medical staff will not get paid any extra for working nights or weekends. It stinks, all as will happen is good staff will leave and move to other local hospitals paying th national rate. Of course these changes wont effect those in the 'turnround team' ad they dont work for the Trust, and once they killed off the hospital they move off to pastures new. Let show our support for the hard working front line staff by protesting about these unfair cuts. May be a Freedom of Information request to Trust about the true cost of the turnround team would be appropriate, I would like to be that makes up a fiar proporation of the 1.5 million a month.[/p][/quote]some good passionate reactions about the waste and mismanagement here. Maybe councillor Morris should be publicly accountable. Yes the contracts will be re written, staff will be hard to get or they will recruit overseas and phliipino or other nations Nurses will come here ( robbing their home countries of their valuable skills) to Nurse,with probable language challenges, and the Hospital will close. It is on the list of closures planned for the next 2 years, read the document' the health of greater manchester. You will all have to use Salford Royal hospital for emergency and none emergency treatment. Lives WILL be lost. Protest about it all do,JOIN the mass rally at Cheadle square ( back of the crescent) on DECEMBER 1st between 12.30 and 1.30pm. Protest about cuts and mismanagement of your public institutions the hospital and the University. Write to your many MP's and David Cameron and the big media hitters, make freedom of information requests and ask for forensic auditors to go in, ask for answers at a very visible public level. Blyton
  • Score: 1

11:20pm Tue 20 Nov 12

macauley says...

i wonder what next week we will be reading in the bolton news about this place?.it can only get worse.
i wonder what next week we will be reading in the bolton news about this place?.it can only get worse. macauley
  • Score: 1

3:32pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Mike23 says...

Having quickly reviewed the Bolton NHS public accounts 2011/12...it was only on page 116 that concerns were raised about governance.
This document is unbelievable...its no wonder the hospital is suffering. Why is it important that staff have access to Zumba classes & a fruit & veg van?
Even Global FTSE companies do not report to this level of lunacy??
Finance costs have risen by 107%...much of this was due to a loan being taken out for a new car park?
Insurance costs risen by 124%
Consultancy costs £660k
The hospital spent £13m on new capital projects, which may include the new car park. This is 4% of annual income!!!!!
Lets put this in perspective...if you earn £20k would you spend £800 a year in maintaining and adding to your lifestyle?
Directors Remun accounted for £1.3m...this is about 12% of the annual capital spend!
Capital spending is expected to fall to £7m in 2012/13.
There is something fundamentally wrong with not only Bolton NHS but all publicly funded organisations and the it is quite clear that the only people who are suffering are the patients.
But like it says on the accounts, " Bolton NHS a great place to work"!!
Take note - a hospital is not a business, its a place where we treat our sick and it is the sick who should have priority above everyone else.
and councillor morris..who was earning £40k from his non exec role, should examine his moral compass, because the people of Bolton deserve better than this.
Having quickly reviewed the Bolton NHS public accounts 2011/12...it was only on page 116 that concerns were raised about governance. This document is unbelievable...its no wonder the hospital is suffering. Why is it important that staff have access to Zumba classes & a fruit & veg van? Even Global FTSE companies do not report to this level of lunacy?? Finance costs have risen by 107%...much of this was due to a loan being taken out for a new car park? Insurance costs risen by 124% Consultancy costs £660k The hospital spent £13m on new capital projects, which may include the new car park. This is 4% of annual income!!!!! Lets put this in perspective...if you earn £20k would you spend £800 a year in maintaining and adding to your lifestyle? Directors Remun accounted for £1.3m...this is about 12% of the annual capital spend! Capital spending is expected to fall to £7m in 2012/13. There is something fundamentally wrong with not only Bolton NHS but all publicly funded organisations and the it is quite clear that the only people who are suffering are the patients. But like it says on the accounts, " Bolton NHS a great place to work"!! Take note - a hospital is not a business, its a place where we treat our sick and it is the sick who should have priority above everyone else. and councillor morris..who was earning £40k from his non exec role, should examine his moral compass, because the people of Bolton deserve better than this. Mike23
  • Score: 0

5:39pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Bendix says...

The place is managed by self-serving incompetent muppets who are immune from the consequences of their failure.
The place is managed by self-serving incompetent muppets who are immune from the consequences of their failure. Bendix
  • Score: 0

9:15am Thu 22 Nov 12

Chris Custodiet says...

I see that Councillor Morris was not just Chair of the Board and its Remuneration Committee but also Chair of the Governors. Are the people who regulate and run the NHS so naive that they completely fail to understand that the function of the governors of a Foundation Trust is to represent the public interest and to hold the Board to account?

Up and down the country Foundation Trusts have been failing, often accompanied by the discovery of horrendous waste of resurces and with devastating effects on patients and the many dedicated staff that work for them.

Governors have a crucially important role to play but all too frequently they are regarded as the unaccountable poodles of failing Boards and not worthy of any public trust placed in them.

Given the extent of the apparent failures in Bolton under his chairmanship, it may be questionable whether Councillor Morris should have been appointed Chair of either Board or governors. However, irrespective of the abilities of any individual, all employees and officers of a Foundation Trust have a conflict of interest that should bar them from appointment as Chair of its governors. This has been glossed over for far too long and needs to change.
I see that Councillor Morris was not just Chair of the Board and its Remuneration Committee but also Chair of the Governors. Are the people who regulate and run the NHS so naive that they completely fail to understand that the function of the governors of a Foundation Trust is to represent the public interest and to hold the Board to account? Up and down the country Foundation Trusts have been failing, often accompanied by the discovery of horrendous waste of resurces and with devastating effects on patients and the many dedicated staff that work for them. Governors have a crucially important role to play but all too frequently they are regarded as the unaccountable poodles of failing Boards and not worthy of any public trust placed in them. Given the extent of the apparent failures in Bolton under his chairmanship, it may be questionable whether Councillor Morris should have been appointed Chair of either Board or governors. However, irrespective of the abilities of any individual, all employees and officers of a Foundation Trust have a conflict of interest that should bar them from appointment as Chair of its governors. This has been glossed over for far too long and needs to change. Chris Custodiet
  • Score: 0

9:42am Thu 22 Nov 12

Bendix says...

Take a look a Morris's record at the Bolton College. This man is a disaster but protected and eased into sinecures by a self-serving group who have influence far in excess of their abilities.
Take a look a Morris's record at the Bolton College. This man is a disaster but protected and eased into sinecures by a self-serving group who have influence far in excess of their abilities. Bendix
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10:45pm Thu 22 Nov 12

macauley says...

Bendix wrote:
Take a look a Morris's record at the Bolton College. This man is a disaster but protected and eased into sinecures by a self-serving group who have influence far in excess of their abilities.
in other words he is a plonker.
[quote][p][bold]Bendix[/bold] wrote: Take a look a Morris's record at the Bolton College. This man is a disaster but protected and eased into sinecures by a self-serving group who have influence far in excess of their abilities.[/p][/quote]in other words he is a plonker. macauley
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