Jeremy Hunt praises Basildon Hospital

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HEALTH Secretary Jeremy Hunt visited Basildon Hospital yesterday to announce a businessman will be stepping in to make the NHS more efficient.

Mr Hunt revealed Sir Stuart Rose, former boss at Marks & Spencer, as the man who will transform underperforming hospitals across the UK.

The health secretary took a tour with Basildon MP Stephen Metcalfe and talked to patients and staff.

Mr Hunt is visiting all hospitals which were investigated by last year’s Keogh inspections into poor death rates to see how they have improved.

Mr Metcalfe said: “His primary reason was to visit the hospital to see how it was making progress.

“But the other reason was to unveil Sir Stuart, who has been recruited to transform all underperforming hospitals.

He will be working with management and has had great experience at transforming large, complex organisations like Marks & Spencer.

“Coming in from the outside he will have a fresh pair of eyes and will hopefully be able to identify some opportunities where things need to change and where things aren’t being done as well.

“I was delighted he decided to make this announcement at Basildon Hospital.”

Mr Hunt yesterday spent some time on the paediatric ward.

He praised the improvements at the hospital after the Keogh inspections last year, which were called in to scrutinise the reason behind high death rates.

He said: “I had a fantastic afternoon on the paediatric ward and was really impressed by how committed the staff are.

“The hospital has clearly turned a big corner and is on the road to recovery, and people in Basildon can be really proud of the progress made.”

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4:39pm Sat 15 Feb 14

jolllyboy says...

message for Mr Rose. Remember the TV prog a few years ago when an experienced 'turn around' businessman went into a hospital. He knew he could do it and presented ideas etc, however there was so much resistance from consultants and Drs who would not change in any way especially to work weekends which left operating theatres empty he had to admit on the TV that it would be an impossibility due to the working culture/ethic there.So good luck mr Rose.
message for Mr Rose. Remember the TV prog a few years ago when an experienced 'turn around' businessman went into a hospital. He knew he could do it and presented ideas etc, however there was so much resistance from consultants and Drs who would not change in any way especially to work weekends which left operating theatres empty he had to admit on the TV that it would be an impossibility due to the working culture/ethic there.So good luck mr Rose. jolllyboy
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4:41pm Sat 15 Feb 14

runwellian says...

Perhaps he would like to visit another ailing hospital 'by the sea' and see how tests are performed in public areas, privacy and dignity fall of the bottom the agenda, where elderly vulnerable patients are asked very personal and sensitive questions for everyone to hear, and at 3 in the morning, and where 'never events' couldn't be counted on one hand!

Basildon has had its problems but they are no worse than other local hospitals marked 'excellent' by the CQC!
Perhaps he would like to visit another ailing hospital 'by the sea' and see how tests are performed in public areas, privacy and dignity fall of the bottom the agenda, where elderly vulnerable patients are asked very personal and sensitive questions for everyone to hear, and at 3 in the morning, and where 'never events' couldn't be counted on one hand! Basildon has had its problems but they are no worse than other local hospitals marked 'excellent' by the CQC! runwellian
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8:50am Mon 17 Feb 14

Vange Resident says...

This hospital has a terrible working practice, the management and senior clinical staff will stop any changes. I worked in this place for 7 years and I saw the rot from the inside, so long as the senior staff gets a salary at the end of the month they really do not care, they pretend they are doing their best but I know they are not.
Look back in 5 years and you will see no change, when I joined the trust in 2005 and I have seen it slowly go downhill. Closing the place is extreme but the only alternative is sack ALL the trust board and senior staff all the way down to the department heads sack them if they do not improve, no chances just sack them.
This hospital has a terrible working practice, the management and senior clinical staff will stop any changes. I worked in this place for 7 years and I saw the rot from the inside, so long as the senior staff gets a salary at the end of the month they really do not care, they pretend they are doing their best but I know they are not. Look back in 5 years and you will see no change, when I joined the trust in 2005 and I have seen it slowly go downhill. Closing the place is extreme but the only alternative is sack ALL the trust board and senior staff all the way down to the department heads sack them if they do not improve, no chances just sack them. Vange Resident
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