Dorset County Hospital defend consortium move

PRESSURE: Dorchester County Hospital

TRUST CHAIRMAN: Jeffrey Ellwood

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Dorchester reporter

DORSET County Hospital’s board has defended its decision to join a regional consortium looking at staff pay, terms and conditions.

The Dorchester hospital, along with the Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust, is among 20 trusts across the south west that are looking at ways of reducing pay to make sure it can provide a sustainable service in the future.

The move has proved unpopular with staff, who have called on the hospital to pull out of the consortium.

Director of workforce and human resources Mark Power addressed the hospital’s council of governors to explain why the board had agreed to join the consortium.

He said the trust, which employs over 3,000 staff, was faced with a £94million pay bill, which was set to rise as a result of pay increments while also being faced with a decrease in income in the coming years.

Mr Power said: “It is about making sure we have an affordable pay, terms and conditions system in the future and it’s also about trying to protect jobs as much as we can.”

He stressed that the trust would not be bound by any proposals or recommendations made by the consortium.

Mr Power faced questions from governors over fears that changes to conditions in the south west could push staff elsewhere and leave the region with a second rate workforce.

He responded that almost all trusts were looking at changes of this nature.

Patient governor Andy Hutchings said it was clear the negotiations with the consortium were having a negative impact on staff morale.

He said: “When people come into the hospital I want them to a have happy staff who are happy with their working conditions.

“They are very worried about this and are extremely worried about their future.”

Trust chairman Jeffrey Ellwood responded: “We are heading towards a cliff and in three years time we are going to go over the cliff.

“When your costs exceed your income you are in trouble.”

He added: “We are looking to see if by any chance a group of brains can come up with a solution that our board cannot.”

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5:40pm Thu 6 Sep 12

CoogarUK.com says...

“We are looking to see if by any chance a group of brains can come up with a solution that our board cannot.”

Sack the board the. How much will that save?
“We are looking to see if by any chance a group of brains can come up with a solution that our board cannot.” Sack the board the. How much will that save? CoogarUK.com
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5:41pm Thu 6 Sep 12

CoogarUK.com says...

then
then CoogarUK.com
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6:25pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Hateignorance says...

Well this is another sorry story isn't it? 20 billion pound cuts in the National Health Service - supported by our local MP - and the outcome is that the decision makers are still driving round in their Bentley's whilst those who actually save our lives and work tirelessly to ensure the environment is appropriate for us to recover are having to take a hit on their pay and conditions. You could not make it up (or at least we certainly would not want to). But here we are.
Over a cliff, the chairman says - now whose fault is that? The midwife delivering your baby? The housekeeper maintaining the cleanliness? The anaesthetist ensuring you are safe during the operation? The ancillary nurse washing you and reassuring you? Um NO! Guess who? Politicians? Very hot! Who else? The bankers and CEO's - Boiling! So why don't they pay? Don't be silly - it really is easier to strip away the NHS and give it to the profit makers who made this mess. And some of the politicians (including those locally) cannot wait! See you at the ballot box!
Well this is another sorry story isn't it? 20 billion pound cuts in the National Health Service - supported by our local MP - and the outcome is that the decision makers are still driving round in their Bentley's whilst those who actually save our lives and work tirelessly to ensure the environment is appropriate for us to recover are having to take a hit on their pay and conditions. You could not make it up (or at least we certainly would not want to). But here we are. Over a cliff, the chairman says - now whose fault is that? The midwife delivering your baby? The housekeeper maintaining the cleanliness? The anaesthetist ensuring you are safe during the operation? The ancillary nurse washing you and reassuring you? Um NO! Guess who? Politicians? Very hot! Who else? The bankers and CEO's - Boiling! So why don't they pay? Don't be silly - it really is easier to strip away the NHS and give it to the profit makers who made this mess. And some of the politicians (including those locally) cannot wait! See you at the ballot box! Hateignorance
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7:03pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Hateignorance says...

Not to mention the voting booth. The problem is which liar (sorry politician) tells the biggest porkies? New Labour have been doing everything possible to learn from the porky masters and have become a Tory party in drag. Can I suggest that we form a cooperative and the community can take over the hospital. And the schools and pretty much everthing really. Let those who flaunt their Bentley or Beemer be made to feel ashamed.
Are we agreed?
Not to mention the voting booth. The problem is which liar (sorry politician) tells the biggest porkies? New Labour have been doing everything possible to learn from the porky masters and have become a Tory party in drag. Can I suggest that we form a cooperative and the community can take over the hospital. And the schools and pretty much everthing really. Let those who flaunt their Bentley or Beemer be made to feel ashamed. Are we agreed? Hateignorance
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