MPs battle to safeguard Poole Hospital following meeting with health secretary Jeremy Hunt

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LOCAL MPs have vowed to take action to safeguard the future of Poole Hospital following a private meeting with the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

Annette Brooke, the Liberal Democrat MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole, is concerned about the hospital which faces an estimated £8m deficit by 2015.

She said: “Hospital bosses regarded the merger as essential to sort out their financial problems.

“I feel so angry that we have been through a merger process which was not as open and transparent as I would have liked it to have been, and that £5m has been spent on resources that didn’t lead anywhere.”

Ms Brooke, who was joined by fellow Dorset MPs Christopher Chope, Conor Burns and Robert Syms, said it was a useful discussion.

“Although it didn’t lead to any firm conclusions, we did learn that the minister has no influence over the Competitions Commission decision, so we intend to work together at a local level.

“One of our first tasks is to make contact with the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, which was still very new when the merger was underway.

“Jeremy Hunt pointed out that any deficit was something the DCCG will have to manage.”

The MP also revealed she had recently witnessed first-hand the pressures on Poole’s emergency services.

“I had to attend A&E with a family member and it was a shock as it was absolutely packed, but it is the same story in hospitals across the country.”

But Ms Brooke added: “We will do everything we can to make sure our excellent hospital in Poole is retained.”

The Clinical Commissioning Group

A spokesman for the Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “The level of deficit will depend on the savings we are able to achieve without impacting on patient care and any additional income we can agree.

“We are currently working closely with CCG and Monitor, to develop long-term plans that will secure a sustainable future for local healthcare services and ensure we can continue to provide high-quality hospital care.”

Tim Goodson chief officer of DCCG said: “The role of the CCG is to commission and monitor high quality health services from a range of local partners, one of which is Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. In common with all providers we are in regular talks with them to ensure they can continue to offer these and provide healthcare.

“The financial position of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a matter for the Trust to manage and agree with Monitor, the independent regulator.”

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1:10pm Fri 17 Jan 14

60plus says...

As was stated five million was wasted trying to merger with Bgh.Poole came out one of the top hospitals and Bournemouth one of the bottom so why do they want to merge.get rid of half the managers the will soon save money.
As was stated five million was wasted trying to merger with Bgh.Poole came out one of the top hospitals and Bournemouth one of the bottom so why do they want to merge.get rid of half the managers the will soon save money. 60plus
  • Score: 11

2:07pm Fri 17 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Any one know how much the mis managers get paid
Any one know how much the mis managers get paid kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 6

2:31pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Aviewoneverything says...

It will never happen, but what is needed is the closure of both Poole and Bournemouth hospitals, and the formation of a new, larger hospital, slightly out of the town area; at St. Leonards for example.
Both hospitals are full with no ability to expand further due to their location and building restrictions. The population of the conurbation is only ever going to increase thereby requiring more hospital places.
Having one major hospital would also solve some of the ridiculous situations that arise due to what each hospital specialises in.
For example, Bournemouth and Christchurch have arguably the highest population of elderly residents in the UK. These elderly residents are at high risk of hip fractures due to falls, however when such a fracture occurs, the local Bournemouth hospital does not treat such injuries and so the elderly patient must travel to Poole for treatment. However, should this elderly patient require a hip replacement, then this is a treatment that must be done at the Bournemouth hospital. It makes no sense!
Another example. Bournemouth is one of the UK's leading tourist resorts, with a summertime boom in population, especially children. However, Bournemouth hospital cannot treat children. This again must be done at Poole Hospital.
There appears to be no logic in the services provided by the two hospitals given the demographics that they serve.
Other treatments/patient groups that must be seen at Poole are, Out of hours gynaecology; obstetric complications; any trauma beyond a broken wrist/ankle etc; pediatrics (those in full time education).
Bournemouth has its specialities too, namely a fantastic cardiac department; urology; haematology; womens health; renal dialysis; eye care.

I'm not saying on hospital is better than the other (although my preference is RBH), it is simply time the local comissioners accepted that these two hospitals need to either merge; to provide a more seamless service that is better tailored to the local demographic, or a new hospital needs to be built that has the ability to expand further when required by the expanding population.

But....as I said....It' will never happen!
It will never happen, but what is needed is the closure of both Poole and Bournemouth hospitals, and the formation of a new, larger hospital, slightly out of the town area; at St. Leonards for example. Both hospitals are full with no ability to expand further due to their location and building restrictions. The population of the conurbation is only ever going to increase thereby requiring more hospital places. Having one major hospital would also solve some of the ridiculous situations that arise due to what each hospital specialises in. For example, Bournemouth and Christchurch have arguably the highest population of elderly residents in the UK. These elderly residents are at high risk of hip fractures due to falls, however when such a fracture occurs, the local Bournemouth hospital does not treat such injuries and so the elderly patient must travel to Poole for treatment. However, should this elderly patient require a hip replacement, then this is a treatment that must be done at the Bournemouth hospital. It makes no sense! Another example. Bournemouth is one of the UK's leading tourist resorts, with a summertime boom in population, especially children. However, Bournemouth hospital cannot treat children. This again must be done at Poole Hospital. There appears to be no logic in the services provided by the two hospitals given the demographics that they serve. Other treatments/patient groups that must be seen at Poole are, Out of hours gynaecology; obstetric complications; any trauma beyond a broken wrist/ankle etc; pediatrics (those in full time education). Bournemouth has its specialities too, namely a fantastic cardiac department; urology; haematology; womens health; renal dialysis; eye care. I'm not saying on hospital is better than the other (although my preference is RBH), it is simply time the local comissioners accepted that these two hospitals need to either merge; to provide a more seamless service that is better tailored to the local demographic, or a new hospital needs to be built that has the ability to expand further when required by the expanding population. But....as I said....It' will never happen! Aviewoneverything
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3:43pm Fri 17 Jan 14

sea poole says...

it wouldn't be that you live close to St. Leonards would it...?
it wouldn't be that you live close to St. Leonards would it...? sea poole
  • Score: 4

4:43pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Aviewoneverything says...

sea poole wrote:
it wouldn't be that you live close to St. Leonards would it...?
Ha ha, I wish I could afford to!
[quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: it wouldn't be that you live close to St. Leonards would it...?[/p][/quote]Ha ha, I wish I could afford to! Aviewoneverything
  • Score: -1

11:07pm Fri 17 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

Hunt wants to chop Poole to save money at the expense of patients.
They are after one Super Hub Hospital and by the sound of it they have chosen Bournemouth.
Hunt wants to chop Poole to save money at the expense of patients. They are after one Super Hub Hospital and by the sound of it they have chosen Bournemouth. BIGTONE
  • Score: 3

11:31pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Dr Strangelove says...

Failed policies by a desperately failing government. The ten election can't come soon enough.
Failed policies by a desperately failing government. The ten election can't come soon enough. Dr Strangelove
  • Score: 4

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