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rob_fmttm Posted on 2/5 13:47
Petition against closure of local hospitals

With Hartlepool and North Tees hospitals under threat of closure, as are many others around the country an e-petition has been started to pool all protests against the closure of local hospitals.

Taking away local services means havnig to travel much further for services that are available locally at the present time and we will also suffer closure of maternity and aande. along with the loss of beds and training places for doctors.

To vote please click on the link below.

Link: SAVE-HOSPITALS

rolling_thunder Posted on 2/5 14:09
re: Petition against closure of local hospitals

Iíve worked in the NHS for over 20 years and the closure of local hospitals is going to happen more and more as this Government pushís through its health reforms.
You hear the Government saying how wonderful Foundation Trusts are and how more and more NHS Trusts are applying to become a Foundation Trust.
However this is the truth of the matter. A NHS Trust is invited to apply for Foundation status by the Secretary of State, however if the Trust says no thanks, we will stay as we are, then they get an offer they cant refuse. They donít really have a choice because if they say no, they are told that they will be taken over by a neighbouring Trust that has gone for Foundation status. So all the Government needed was one Foundation Trust to set the ball rolling.
The most important criteria for Foundation status is financial management, Trusts have to come in at worse, on budget but preferably under budget to be awarded Foundation status. So you will see Trusts cutting jobs, cutting services, getting rid of buildings (to raise money from the sale of land) in order to meet the criteria. If they fail, then they no longer exist and they become part of another trust, which for us could mean Sunderland or Newcastle. Theres no limit to what area a Trust can cover.
The Labour Government wants to run health as a business and that means same approach retail, ASDA superstores rather than the local shop.
I hope millions sign the petition but this Government stopped listening to the people on 2nd May 1997

rolling_thunder Posted on 2/5 14:10
re: Petition against closure of local hospitals

Alright Rob

Agree 100% but wont do any good mate.
Iíve worked in the NHS for over 20 years and the closure of local hospitals is going to happen more and more as this Government pushís through its health reforms.
You hear the Government saying how wonderful Foundation Trusts are and how more and more NHS Trusts are applying to become a Foundation Trust.
However this is the truth of the matter. A NHS Trust is invited to apply for Foundation status by the Secretary of State, however if the Trust says no thanks, we will stay as we are, then they get an offer they cant refuse. They donít really have a choice because if they say no, they are told that they will be taken over by a neighbouring Trust that has gone for Foundation status. So all the Government needed was one Foundation Trust to set the ball rolling.
The most important criteria for Foundation status is financial management, Trusts have to come in at worse, on budget but preferably under budget to be awarded Foundation status. So you will see Trusts cutting jobs, cutting services, getting rid of buildings (to raise money from the sale of land) in order to meet the criteria. If they fail, then they no longer exist and they become part of another trust, which for us could mean Sunderland or Newcastle. Theres no limit to what area a Trust can cover.
The Labour Government wants to run health as a business and that means same approach retail, ASDA superstores rather than the local shop.
I hope millions sign the petition but this Government stopped listening to the people on 2nd May 1997

Tom_Fun Posted on 2/5 14:13
re: Petition against closure of local hospitals

Different trust I know, but they should never have closed North Riding and the General. It's ridiculous to have everything in one huge hospital. It just doesn't make sense. And to have only one main road to access it all makes it even more baffling. But that's the NHS for you, the people at the top aren't the brightest.

Archie_Stanton1 Posted on 2/5 14:43
re: Petition against closure of local hospitals

Typical Labour government, ruining the NHS as expected.........er, oh, hang on.........

the_broken_fridge Posted on 3/5 19:00
re: Petition against closure of local hospita

Trusts will make cuts whether Foundation status or not.

I know of serveral trusts that aren't FT, and have no intention of being, but are still cutting back services.