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Union passes 'no confidence' vote in bosses at trust which runs Grantham Hospital

A health union has passed a 'no confidence' vote in bosses at the trust which runs Grantham Hospital.

Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said that the management of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) appeared to be more worried about minor issues than understaffing on the wards in some of the hospitals.

ULHT runs Grantham and District Hospital, Lincoln County Hospital, Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, and County Hospital in Louth.

Now Unite has called for NHS Improvement (NHSI), responsible for overseeing NHS trusts, and the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the regulator for health and social care services in England, to pay a second visit to the trust for a more in-depth investigation.

Grantham Hospital (6033088)
Grantham Hospital (6033088)

The staff side committee wrote to Elaine Baylis, interim trust chair, on December 7 saying it had raised ‘significant’ issues on a number of occasions that were still ongoing.

The letter said: “These issues we now believe are so significant that there is now an irretrievable breakdown in partnership working and the staff side committee has no confidence with their trust board.”

The committee has also called on the conciliation service Acas to intervene to develop a working partnership.

Unite regional officer Steve Syson said: “We have a chaotic management at this trust which is running an estimated deficit of £80 million a year. But, at the same time, the bosses can find £700,000 to spend on three management roles and engage consultants KPMG for advice on the financial situation, even when the trust is in financial special measures.

“How many badly-needed NHS frontline staff dealing with direct patient care would this princely sum have paid for?

“Instead of tackling the vital issues, such as understaffing in the wards at the hospitals and excessive use of agency staff identified in the CQC report, we have a petty HR regime, masterminded by the HR department, that seems more concerned about the colour of socks employees wear than dealing with staff grievances and concerns raised in relation to patient safety and frontline staff shortages.

“The staff side unions have passed a motion of ‘no confidence’ in the trust’s board, as we fear patient safety could be jeopardised.

“NHS Improvement and the Care Quality Commission have already inspected the trust’s services in April this year finding four key areas of care at the trust requiring improvement, but we feel that a second visit by these two organisations needs to happen for a more in-depth probe into the conduct of the trust.”


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