Health staff 'hurt' by proposed cuts

Health staff 'hurt' by proposed cuts

Health staff 'hurt' by proposed cuts

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HEALTH staff are hurt and surprised by the Government’s decision to axe their “bureaucratic” organisation as part of the most radical reforms in NHS history.

Dr Bryan Smith, chairman of NHS Worcestershire, says workers are hurt over the Government’s radical white paper that will abolish the organisation and others like it by April 2013.

NHS services will be taken over by new statutory bodies called GP Consortia – groups of GP practices that will manage the healthcare budget – except in areas such as dentistry, community pharmacies and ophthalmic services that will be the responsibility of a new NHS Commissioning Board.

The move renders NHS Worcestershire, the primary care trust that now holds the purse strings for county healthcare, redundant in under three years which will lead to at least 100 job losses as management costs are slashed by 45 per cent.

Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs), the regional arms of government will also be scrapped.

Dr Smith, speaking at a meeting at County Hall in Worcester, yesterday, said: “I see among the professionals a great deal of uncertainty and a great deal of hurt. I think we all expected the uncertainty.

“The hurt comes from the fact that, in the white paper – and I can’t claim to have read it that carefully, I haven’t had the time – I never see the word PCT except in a sentence coupled with the word bureaucracy. I do think that is hurtful and unfair.”

Dr Smith said that the announcement of the “demise” of primary care trusts would mean that their most marketable staff would be making plans to leave the organisation.

Paul Bates, NHS Worcestershire’s chief executive, admitted that he did not know the abolition of primary care trusts was coming, only discovering when he attended a meeting with regional health bosses, the strategic health authority, at 4.30pm on Monday, the day the white paper was published.

The move also means he will lose his job although some NHS staff may be able to forge positions in the new-look NHS.

Mr Bates said: “We have to let go. There are going to be job losses.

“You can’t abolish primary care trusts and then presume you’re not going to have job losses.”

One member of the board, Dr Jonathan Leach, the trust’s medical director, questioned whether GPs would want to run the NHS.

He said: “Quite a few of them are saying to me ‘Thanks very much but I want to see my patients’.”

But Mr Bates said GPs would be leaders rather than managers of the NHS budget.

He said: “We do not want GPs walking around, laden down by big briefcases full of work.

“We want them to spend their time with their patients.”

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12:43pm Thu 15 Jul 10

Malvern says...

Try getting help/information from a PCT about Continuing NHS Healthcare Funding for a relative that has had to be placed in care due to Alzheimers. They go out of their way to obstruct you, I do not feel sorry for them one bit! For some reason Alzheimers isn't classed as a serious enough illness to get funding. My Father has to pay £600 a week for my Mothers care home. He is in no emotional or physical state to take court proceedings to get NHS Funded Care and the PCT certainly isn't going to give it to him without a fight. Of course whoever takes over their role will be just as underhand regarding this issue as the PCT's. It must be Governmnent orders to obstruct these payments. NHS - Cradle to Grave, what a load of tosh!
Try getting help/information from a PCT about Continuing NHS Healthcare Funding for a relative that has had to be placed in care due to Alzheimers. They go out of their way to obstruct you, I do not feel sorry for them one bit! For some reason Alzheimers isn't classed as a serious enough illness to get funding. My Father has to pay £600 a week for my Mothers care home. He is in no emotional or physical state to take court proceedings to get NHS Funded Care and the PCT certainly isn't going to give it to him without a fight. Of course whoever takes over their role will be just as underhand regarding this issue as the PCT's. It must be Governmnent orders to obstruct these payments. NHS - Cradle to Grave, what a load of tosh! Malvern
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1:51pm Fri 16 Jul 10

flippingheck says...

NHS direct is a soaker up of NHS money, and is basically a call centre advising people to go to their GP. PCT's are a soaker up of NHS money and is full of managers and acting managers who do nothing except sit in a lovely office and tell practices how to make savings within the practice. Practice managers are quite able to do that, so miss out the middle-men (PCT). Good for this government.
NHS direct is a soaker up of NHS money, and is basically a call centre advising people to go to their GP. PCT's are a soaker up of NHS money and is full of managers and acting managers who do nothing except sit in a lovely office and tell practices how to make savings within the practice. Practice managers are quite able to do that, so miss out the middle-men (PCT). Good for this government. flippingheck
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1:51pm Fri 16 Jul 10

flippingheck says...

NHS direct is a soaker up of NHS money, and is basically a call centre advising people to go to their GP. PCT's are a soaker up of NHS money and is full of managers and acting managers who do nothing except sit in a lovely office and tell practices how to make savings within the practice. Practice managers are quite able to do that, so miss out the middle-men (PCT). Good for this government.
NHS direct is a soaker up of NHS money, and is basically a call centre advising people to go to their GP. PCT's are a soaker up of NHS money and is full of managers and acting managers who do nothing except sit in a lovely office and tell practices how to make savings within the practice. Practice managers are quite able to do that, so miss out the middle-men (PCT). Good for this government. flippingheck
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