“Recent history has seen the Government step in to sell so called “failing” hospitals to the private sector”, said Campaign Group Secretary Theresa Vaughan. “Hitchingbrooke Hospital was taken over by Circle Healthcare and now faces the threat of going into administration due to crippling debt. Jobs and services have been cut. We do not want to see this scenario repeated here in the East Riding”, continued Mrs. Vaughan.
Campaign Group Chair Lyn Longbottom is worried about the recent Care Quality Commission report published last week.
“The community needs answers as to why The East Riding Community Hospital, a brand new facility opened in 2012 with funds provided by the last Government, is under pressure due to a damning report issued by the CQC which says, “‘At least 65% of the trained nurses were not considered to be fully competent to work in their role’ and that ‘serious incidents challenged the notion of the ward as a place of patient safety.’ We feel that this is a blatant attempt by managers to shift blame away from themselves, and the Government policies that meant that staff were never given access to the training needed to operate the hospital in the first place”.
2/3rds of beds are now shut pending the response of the Trust to the report which is due on Wednesday.
“Please come and show your support on Wednesday 3.30 outside the Hospital, for the staff and patients and demonstrate that the community as whole stands by Public Health, not Private Wealth”, said local Beverley NHS activists and demonstration organiser George McManus.