CEO Imperial

  • Boss of London hospital trust featured in BBC2 ‘cancelled operations’ documentary to quit

    Ross Lydall  

     

    The boss of the London hospital trust seen in a groundbreaking TV documentary battling against crisis levels of patient demand and cash shortages is to quit, the Standard can reveal. 

    The revelation that highly respected Dr Tracey Batten is to leave Imperial College Healthcare, which runs five west London hospitals including St Mary’s and Charing Cross, will send shockwaves across the NHS. Many will see her departure as evidence of the impossible task that hospitals face contending with rising demands and diminishing resources. 

    The trust has been openly criticised by its own consultants in the BBC2 documentary Hospital, which has given the public unprecedented insight into the scale of the NHS crisis. 

    Patients have been seen having critical operations cancelled on numerous occasions — as entire surgical teams sit waiting in their scrubs and operating theatres go unused — because of a shortage of intensive care beds. 

    The latest episode saw Imperial’s chief neurosurgeon, Kevin O’Neill, question if Imperial was right to send patients stuck on waiting lists to private hospitals for operations rather than keep the money within the NHS.

  • Imperial CEO resigns

    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.

     

     

  • McKinsey pays Imperial CEO to visit USA's "integrated care model"

    A question after the Public board meeting of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust today revealed that McKinsey, the management consultants, are paying for Dr Tracey Batten, the CEO, to take a one-week trip to Boston and the US east coast starting this Saturday to learn about the US version of "integrated care". This comes as the Trust is on a knife-edge with clinical performance indicators getting worse, e.g. A&E 4 hours-waiting times for October way below the target (80% instead of 95%), and the accounts only balancing once payments for research in the Diamond project (with UCL and Guys & St Thomas) are booked, an outcome which is still in doubt.

    Board papers said: "North West London CCG are organising an international integrated care study tour from 29th November to 6th December to the US which will be attended by the CEO. Visits in Boston, New York, Baltimore and Richmond will be to innovative organisations who are renowned for excellent community care, integrated care and partnership models. Invitees to the tour include chief executives from acute and community providers and commissioners in the North West London sector."

  • Save Our Hospitals meets CEO of Imperial NHS Trust Wednesday 17th September

    After 2 years' campaigning “Save Our Hospitals” supporters get Imperial CEO to listen to concerns but call for a new public consultation is ignored.

    For over an hour and a half Dr Tracey Batten, Professor Chris Harrison, the Medical Director and Steve McManus, Chief Operating Officer fielded questions which SOH presented directly to them on behalf of patients and the public, covering the plans for services, including the three main hospitals in the Imperial group, and the future of the Trust itself.

    Repeatedly referring to the consultation document “Shaping a Healthier Future”, Dr Batten insisted that the proposals were the guiding principles for the future of the Trust. She stressed the role of the PCTs – now CCGs – in embracing SaHF. And she insisted that the Trust would be ready and financially fit to seek Foundation status next year.

    Life-threatening cases at UCC's: The care to be offered at a UCC seems to depend on where it is located. Dr Batten confirmed that the UCC at Hammersmith Hospital, for example, would be able to offer (some) consultants, investigative equipment (MRI, CT, X-ray), blood tests. Stand-alone UCCs with only “emergency-trained” G Ps would not. G Ps would do barely more than triage the urgent cases which they couldn't treat. And they would not be employed by Imperial, so legal liability for potential negligence claims is uncertain.

  • Save Our Hospitals meets CEO of Imperial NHS Trust Wednesday 17th September

    After 2 years' campaigning “Save Our Hospitals” supporters get Imperial CEO to listen to concerns but call for a new public consultation is ignored

    For over an hour and a half Dr Tracey Batten, Professor Chris Harrison, the Medical Director and Steve McManus, Chief Operating Officer fielded questions which SOH presented directly to them on behalf of patients and the public, covering the plans for services, including the three main hospitals in the Imperial group, and the future of the Trust itself.

    Repeatedly referring to the consultation document “Shaping a Healthier Future”, Dr Batten insisted that the proposals were the guiding principles for the future of the Trust. She stressed the role of the PCTs – now CCGs – in embracing SaHF. And she insisted that the Trust would be ready and financially fit to seek Foundation status next year.

    Life-threatening cases at UCC's: The care to be offered at a UCC seems to depend on where it is located. Dr Batten confirmed that the UCC at Hammersmith Hospital, for example, would be able to offer (some) consultants, investigative equipment (MRI, CT, X-ray), blood tests. Stand-alone UCCs with only “emergency-trained” G Ps would not. G Ps would do barely more than triage the urgent cases which they couldn't treat. And they would not be employed by Imperial, so legal liability for potential negligence claims is uncertain.

  • Save Our Hospitals to meet Dr Tracey Batten, CEO of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust on Wed 17th September

     


    At the Public Board meeting held on 30th July 2014 "Save Our Hospitals" Chair, Merril Hammer, stood up at the end and made a public invitation to the CEO of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Dr Tracey Batten. She asked Dr Batten to meet with representatives from SOH to hear their concerns and to "engage" with the full range of issues raised by the proposed reorganisation of health services in north-west London, and especially the closure of 4 out of 9 A&E departments in this zone, and the eventual closure of Charing Cross Hospital as an acute hospital, and its replacement with a much small "cottage" hospital.