#OurNHS 4 March 2017 HCT Demo
The rising pressures on Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust finally took their toll yesterday. Dr Tracey Batten, CEO of the trust with three of the busiest acute hospitals in west London, resigned after the Board meeting in public at Charing Cross yesterday, Wednesday 25th January 2017.
The timing of this resignation could not be worse, with A&E attendances rising to unmanageable levels, a growing waiting list for surgery both emergency and elective, and a programme of redevelopment at a critical point at St Mary's and in the wider context of the "Shaping a Healthier Future" business plans.
Dr Batten was brave and honest to allow the BBC full access to Imperial's hospitals over 6 weeks. The documentary series "Hospital" is being broadcast on BBC2 on Wednesdays at 9pm, available later on the i-player.
The Trust is closely helped by PwC for day-to-day financial management, although we were assured at the Board meeting on Wednesday that it "can pay its bills".
NW London is one of the 44 NHS "footprints" in the most advanced stages of preparation for the implementation of its "Sustainability and Transformation Plan". It is known to be closely watched by the Department of Health. The pressure of implementing completely unwarranted and impossible cuts has, it is believed, prompted this resignation. We look forward to Imperial acknowledging that the evidence shows increased demand for beds, not for cuts in beds and staff.
Postscript: On 6th February Dr Batten informed us that in 6 months she will be going back to spend time with her ageing parents in Australia.
From: https://www.networks.nhs.uk/editors-blog/build-your-own-forward-view/view - Julian Patterson
Quick to spot its mass market potential, the publishers rushed out a sequel called the GP Forward View, which allowed family doctors to imagine they had a future too.
Now you can build your own forward view in just 260 fun-to-collect parts. Build Your Own Forward View is from the same people who brought you Become a World Class Commissioner in 5000 Easy Steps and NHS Reform for Dummies.
Every fortnight a new part will be published on the NHS England website. Once you’ve collected all 260 you’ll be able to construct an impressive scale model of what the NHS might look like in future, complete with realistic details such as streamlined hospitals that don’t require propping up with extra cash, patients who rarely become ill and a social care system that hasn’t imploded.
But remember, this is not a plan, which means it doesn’t come with instructions and is not guaranteed to work. That’s what makes it such fun!
The set includes:
Your finished model will be the envy of all your friends and better than anything they’ve seen in the US, Sweden or New Zealand.
Issue one of Build Your Own Forward View is out now, priced at just £10 billion, and includes a pop-up accountable care organisation and a working model of an MCP contract (warning: not legally binding). Prices for subsequent issues will be made up as we go along.
Start collecting now!
Warning to parents: contains several unlikely parts which may pose a choking hazard.
Part-works editor: Julian Patterson