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.

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GP superpractice tries to buy hospital and recruit GP trainees from China

Neil Roberts on the 2 December 2016  - Superpractice in talks to buy hospital and recruit GP trainees from China - GPonline.com

A 100,000-patient GP 'superpractice' in an NHS vanguard area plans to buy a hospital from a struggling foundation trust, and is in discussions with China about bringing medical students to train in England.

Robert Harris, chief executive of the Lakeside Healthcare group of practices - one of the biggest GP partnerships in England - is due to meet Chinese officials next week with a view to bringing students to train in its practices. The organisation is also planning a similar scheme for India and plans to buy a hospital from a foundation trust which is in financial difficulties, Mr Harris revealed.

Speaking at a Westminster Health Forum event in central London on Thursday Mr Harris said the superpractice, which is developing a vanguard multi-specialty community provider (MCP) around its five Northamptonshire practices, wanted to become a teaching and training practice of repute.

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'Deeply worrying' waits for hospital beds

- BBC Health Correspondent - 7th December 2016

More than one in 10 patients in England face long delays for a hospital bed after emergency admission.

BBC analysis of NHS figures showed nearly 475,000 patients waited for more than four hours for a bed on a ward in 2015-16 - almost a five-fold increase since 2010-11. Hospitals reported using side rooms and corridors to cope with the growing number of "trolley waits".

NHS bosses acknowledged problems, blaming "growing demand" on the system.

But doctors said hospitals were now dangerously overcrowded, with three quarters of hospitals reporting bed shortages as winter hits. Bed occupancy is not meant to exceed 85% - to give staff time to clean beds, keep infections low and ensure patients who need beds can be found them quickly. But 130 out of 179 hospital trusts are reporting rates exceeding this for general hospital beds.

Hospital managers said the problem was causing "deeply worrying" delays for these patients. They are people who have already faced a wait to be seen in A&E but whose condition is deemed to be so serious they need to be admitted on to a ward. About one in five people who come to A&E fall into this category and it includes the frail elderly and patients with chest pains, breathing problems and fractures.

 

Patients waiting more than four hours for a hospital bed

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NHS trails rest of the EU for medics, beds and scanners and UK has shortest maternity stays of any country

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s annual report into EU healthcare shows that on a range of statistics Britain is faring badly:

  • UK has 2.8 doctors per 1,000 people – behind only Romania and Poland
  • Britain is also third worst for the number of hospital beds per head

 

Daniel Martin - Daily Mail - 24th November 2016

 

Britain has the shortest maternity stays and among the fewest hospital beds, doctors and cancer scanners in the EU, a study shows. It lays bare the extent to which the NHS is labouring, highlighting the fact that the UK has the third lowest number of hospital beds per head of population.

The average maternity stay of 36 hours, or 1.5 days – condemned as ‘conveyor belt care’ – puts Britain on a par with non-EU country Turkey. And this is less than half the EU average stay of 3.2 days, far lower than the 4.1 common in France and five in Croatia.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s annual report into EU healthcare shows that on a range of statistics Britain fares worse than a number of countries formerly behind the Iron Curtain.

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