Closure of Royal Bolton Hospital ward 'will not risk patient safety', say bosses

The Royal Bolton Hospital

The Royal Bolton Hospital

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , health reporter

HEALTH chiefs insist the closure of a complex care ward at the Royal Bolton Hospital will not jeopardise patient safety.

28 hospital beds were shut this month as part of a move to save £800,000 and speed up the assessment and discharge of patients.

Bosses at the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust say they want to reassure critics the closure is “clinician led” and will improve patient care.

Dr Jackie Bene, chief executive of the Trust, told the board of directors yesterday: “We want to reiterate to anyone who might be concerned about the closure of B3, this was a two-part process.

“One was closing down the winter ward. It was only kept open for longer than usual because of the extra pressures in April.

“The other beds were safely closed because of the practices implemented since January.”

The trust says it has invested some of savings into the frailty unit on B1 ward as well as a new rapid response service for patients with mental health needs.

Geriatric specialists and therapists are now on hand on the frailty unit — the next stop after A&E — to speed up the assessment process.

Dr Bene added: “This is not about discharging people when they are not ready. We have ramped up the therapy teams, our geriatric care and reduced our rate of C-Difficile by almost 50 per cent in the last year.

“This means we have not needed those extra beds when other wards are shut down.

“I think those who remain concerned about bed closures should know that this has happened with the agreement of clinicians and that this is safe. It is clinician led.”

B3 ward now sits empty and will be used as a “flex ward” during busy periods. Dr Bene told the board that no jobs have been lost and former B3 staff have instead been deployed to different parts of the hospital.

“By moving our staff to other wards, it means we will have to use less bank and agency staff — which will be another saving,” she said.

More ward closures are expected later this year as part of the government’s plan to downsize hospitals and provide more care in the community.

The NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will discuss the closures at their board meeting today.

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12:22pm Fri 30 May 14

Puffin-Billy says...

Same old lies. They're NOT SAVINGS, THEY ARE CUTS.

This is about deliberate under funding so as to put the NHS in crisis and then get PRIVATE companies to grab the lot.

On the subject of the Ambulances.
"The organisation has been told to find £13.8 million of savings this year, meaning Bury and Wigan could also lose an ambulance.
Public services union Unison has launched a petition against the proposals, and Paul Foley, the North West head of health, said there is a real fear that people might die if ambulances are lost. "

Paul....neither Cllr. Linda Thomas or the rest of the Labour Party give a monkey's.

Unless and until the public are prepared to get off their backsides, and onto the streets to make things uncomfortable for the establishment then WE WILL LOSE THE NHS.

*"The Bolton NHS Foundation Trust must save £73 million over the next five years.".............

MUST?.....Who sez they must? Oh yes of course, McKinsey and all their pals in the UK Government. £20 Billion nationally - all by 2015.

The Labour Party in Bolton, and in the rest of the country have betrayed the people on the subject of the NHS.

The Labour Party started the sell off of the NHS, and the ConDems are just carrying it on.

Cllr Linda Thomas is just doing her job, the same as Cllr Morgan did.

The decimation of the NHS is happening all over the country- it's not just a local issue.

Neo liberalism is the name of the disease which is deliberately ruining our healthcare system.

In the United States there are 10 times as many mentally ill people in prisons as there are in hospitals - a shocking statistic that one would associate with a third world country - and it’s starting to happen here with cuts to NHS mental health beds. Meanwhile the United States likes to lecture the world about the value of human rights.

In Britain, 35% of adults with anxiety or diagnosable depression are not in contact with mental health services; the figure is 76% for children aged five to 15.

Only 6% of spending on mental health goes on services aimed at children and young people, even though 50% of lifetime mental illness starts by the age of 14.

Many GP practises are sacking experienced nurses because they are deemed too expensive.

In Corby, the private company which is owned by the same GPs who make up the CCG and which now owns all Primary Healthcare delivery for around 70,000 people, sacked its entire staff of private-company supplied nurses when Corby Lakeside Plus Company Ltd, (as it was then) was put into administration (very quietly) at the start of 2013.

Here's what South Teesside CCG is up to in East Cleveland.

- They have withdrawn funding or their local GP Practise which is now closing.

- They have withdrawn funding for their Walk-In Clinic which is now closing

- They have withdrawn funding for the Minor Injuries Unit which is two miles away and which is now closing.

- They have withdrawn funding for their nearest stroke unit which is now closing

- They have reduced funding to their nearest Urgent Care Unit in Redcar.

"Urgent" is now classified as you must have a pre-booked appointment. Appointments are allocated by the "111" service who now operate an "urgent" callback service....."urgent" being 5 hours.

- Essentially, the mantra once again is "Go to A&E" - whilst our A&E departments, like NHS mental health departments are in meltdown.

Dan Poulter assured the public that Lansley's reforms, in which Poulter was a key player, would massively improve healthcare. He was of course, like David Cameron, lying.

Health Minister Dan Poulter is refusing to meet local representatives to discuss the funding crisis - a crisis which is being deliberately induced - a crisis for which the default remedy will be massive privatisation.

If the BMA had any cojones they would strike Poulter off.

In April, 2015 the NHS will loose £2bn to local government "Health and Wellbeing" Boards and local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), as part of the £20 Billion cuts recommended by Mckinsey - money which will be siphoned off into private health facilities.

* "There are about 768 hospital beds at the Royal Bolton and more than 35 wards"...But because NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, working in partnership with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust need to conform to the wishes of the politician's pals in private healthcare, private insurance, and the financial consultancy firms , they are reducing the number of beds.

*"The average cost of running a ward is £1 million a year."...And that's far too much money to ask wealthy taxpayers to pay in these times of crippling austerity, so we won't be having the minimum number of nurse to each bed, as recommended by the RCN - they don't know what they're talking about anyway - Jeremy Hunt sez so.

**Between 50 and 70 patients are admitted to hospital every day"....And a lot of 'em are just a bunch of old **** who don't contribute much to society, except for buying beer and fags. In fact they're nothing but a drain on the NHS bleeding it dry, and blocking NHS beds when they could be doing something useful like filling the pockets of private nursing home owners.

*"The Bolton NHS Foundation Trust must save £73 million over the next five years.".............

..MUST?.....Who sez they must? Oh yes of course, McKinsey and all their pals in the UK Government. £20 Billion nationally - all by 2015.

Better get rid of some NHS beds and kick the old **** out, keep 'em quiet by fillin' 'em full of pills..........my mate owns a pharmacy company - got it sorted.

Cllr Linda Thomas, deputy leader of Bolton Council and chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “As the cuts from central government continue to bite into the NHS and local government, we are having to work in a more integrated way to mitigate the situation”. --- a situation which she has helped bring about

More damned hypocrisy, and mealy - mouthed claptrap from the Labour Party who have betrayed the NHS and the people of Bolton.

Cllr Thomas should be speaking out against the privatisation of the NHS, not facilitating its destruction.

A member of staff wrote: “I have two questions. Why are the wards being closed and why has there been no discussion with staff or patients regarding the closures?

And Dr. Wirin Bhatiani replied: (just joking)

"Ah yes, of course; you mean the discussions / consultation / phone - ins etc etc... to which I referred at 12:18pm on Monday 12th August 2013 in the Bolton News, when I said we can’t do this alone. We need everyone to get involved and play their part in making these important decisions.”

Nah you didn't really believe that load of old cobblers, do you?

The often trotted out sentence: "Health and social care is set to be transformed in Bolton this year, with hospital resources being shifted into the community” really means: "Kiss good bye to the NHS in Bolton, and say Hello to Privatisation".

It is the purpose of the CCGs and Monitor to enforce competition to eventually privatise all aspects of the NHS.

Until the citizens of Bolton stop believing the ever growing volume of propaganda and lies being pumped out by Bolton CCG in these pages, and all the other CCGs around the country, we will continue to lose NHS facilities, such as NHS mental health, NHS maternity , and they will gradually be farmed out to private suppliers.

These links will give you more idea of what Bolton CCG and CCGs across England intend for our NHS.

“The people of Stafford have said loudly and clearly what they want – they want to keep their NHS hospital, which is now among the best in England. But the government, for all its talk of ‘choice’ and ‘localism’, has no intention of missing the opportunity it sees, not only to close Stafford hospital and farm services out to private companies, but to set a precedent that it can apply to other hospitals as well – and it has targeted 36% of England’s hospitals just for the first phase.”
http://www.ccgwatch.

org.uk/urgent-mid-st

affs-nhs-administrat

ors-pushing-privatis

ation/
“They want to replace one ward in Bolton and another in Salford and replace them with community care, but this will leave people suffering with mental health hopelessly exposed,” said Ms Reissman. So far, the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Bolton and Salford say they their plans have not been affected by Trafford’s decision to pull out in the face of strong opposition.
http://www.thisislan

cashire.co.uk/news/1

1048528.Town_centre_

protest_____Save_our

_threatened_mental_h

ealth_beds___/
Same old lies. They're NOT SAVINGS, THEY ARE CUTS. This is about deliberate under funding so as to put the NHS in crisis and then get PRIVATE companies to grab the lot. On the subject of the Ambulances. "The organisation has been told to find £13.8 million of savings this year, meaning Bury and Wigan could also lose an ambulance. Public services union Unison has launched a petition against the proposals, and Paul Foley, the North West head of health, said there is a real fear that people might die if ambulances are lost. " Paul....neither Cllr. Linda Thomas or the rest of the Labour Party give a monkey's. Unless and until the public are prepared to get off their backsides, and onto the streets to make things uncomfortable for the establishment then WE WILL LOSE THE NHS. *"The Bolton NHS Foundation Trust must save £73 million over the next five years."............. MUST?.....Who sez they must? Oh yes of course, McKinsey and all their pals in the UK Government. £20 Billion nationally - all by 2015. The Labour Party in Bolton, and in the rest of the country have betrayed the people on the subject of the NHS. The Labour Party started the sell off of the NHS, and the ConDems are just carrying it on. Cllr Linda Thomas is just doing her job, the same as Cllr Morgan did. The decimation of the NHS is happening all over the country- it's not just a local issue. Neo liberalism is the name of the disease which is deliberately ruining our healthcare system. In the United States there are 10 times as many mentally ill people in prisons as there are in hospitals - a shocking statistic that one would associate with a third world country - and it’s starting to happen here with cuts to NHS mental health beds. Meanwhile the United States likes to lecture the world about the value of human rights. In Britain, 35% of adults with anxiety or diagnosable depression are not in contact with mental health services; the figure is 76% for children aged five to 15. Only 6% of spending on mental health goes on services aimed at children and young people, even though 50% of lifetime mental illness starts by the age of 14. Many GP practises are sacking experienced nurses because they are deemed too expensive. In Corby, the private company which is owned by the same GPs who make up the CCG and which now owns all Primary Healthcare delivery for around 70,000 people, sacked its entire staff of private-company supplied nurses when Corby Lakeside Plus Company Ltd, (as it was then) was put into administration (very quietly) at the start of 2013. Here's what South Teesside CCG is up to in East Cleveland. - They have withdrawn funding or their local GP Practise which is now closing. - They have withdrawn funding for their Walk-In Clinic which is now closing - They have withdrawn funding for the Minor Injuries Unit which is two miles away and which is now closing. - They have withdrawn funding for their nearest stroke unit which is now closing - They have reduced funding to their nearest Urgent Care Unit in Redcar. "Urgent" is now classified as you must have a pre-booked appointment. Appointments are allocated by the "111" service who now operate an "urgent" callback service....."urgent" being 5 hours. - Essentially, the mantra once again is "Go to A&E" - whilst our A&E departments, like NHS mental health departments are in meltdown. Dan Poulter assured the public that Lansley's reforms, in which Poulter was a key player, would massively improve healthcare. He was of course, like David Cameron, lying. Health Minister Dan Poulter is refusing to meet local representatives to discuss the funding crisis - a crisis which is being deliberately induced - a crisis for which the default remedy will be massive privatisation. If the BMA had any cojones they would strike Poulter off. In April, 2015 the NHS will loose £2bn to local government "Health and Wellbeing" Boards and local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), as part of the £20 Billion cuts recommended by Mckinsey - money which will be siphoned off into private health facilities. * "There are about 768 hospital beds at the Royal Bolton and more than 35 wards"...But because NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, working in partnership with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust need to conform to the wishes of the politician's pals in private healthcare, private insurance, and the financial consultancy firms , they are reducing the number of beds. *"The average cost of running a ward is £1 million a year."...And that's far too much money to ask wealthy taxpayers to pay in these times of crippling austerity, so we won't be having the minimum number of nurse to each bed, as recommended by the RCN - they don't know what they're talking about anyway - Jeremy Hunt sez so. **Between 50 and 70 patients are admitted to hospital every day"....And a lot of 'em are just a bunch of old **** who don't contribute much to society, except for buying beer and fags. In fact they're nothing but a drain on the NHS bleeding it dry, and blocking NHS beds when they could be doing something useful like filling the pockets of private nursing home owners. *"The Bolton NHS Foundation Trust must save £73 million over the next five years."............. ..MUST?.....Who sez they must? Oh yes of course, McKinsey and all their pals in the UK Government. £20 Billion nationally - all by 2015. Better get rid of some NHS beds and kick the old **** out, keep 'em quiet by fillin' 'em full of pills..........my mate owns a pharmacy company - got it sorted. Cllr Linda Thomas, deputy leader of Bolton Council and chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “As the cuts from central government continue to bite into the NHS and local government, we are having to work in a more integrated way to mitigate the situation”. --- a situation which she has helped bring about More damned hypocrisy, and mealy - mouthed claptrap from the Labour Party who have betrayed the NHS and the people of Bolton. Cllr Thomas should be speaking out against the privatisation of the NHS, not facilitating its destruction. A member of staff wrote: “I have two questions. Why are the wards being closed and why has there been no discussion with staff or patients regarding the closures? And Dr. Wirin Bhatiani replied: (just joking) "Ah yes, of course; you mean the discussions / consultation / phone - ins etc etc... to which I referred at 12:18pm on Monday 12th August 2013 in the Bolton News, when I said we can’t do this alone. We need everyone to get involved and play their part in making these important decisions.” Nah you didn't really believe that load of old cobblers, do you? The often trotted out sentence: "Health and social care is set to be transformed in Bolton this year, with hospital resources being shifted into the community” really means: "Kiss good bye to the NHS in Bolton, and say Hello to Privatisation". It is the purpose of the CCGs and Monitor to enforce competition to eventually privatise all aspects of the NHS. Until the citizens of Bolton stop believing the ever growing volume of propaganda and lies being pumped out by Bolton CCG in these pages, and all the other CCGs around the country, we will continue to lose NHS facilities, such as NHS mental health, NHS maternity , and they will gradually be farmed out to private suppliers. These links will give you more idea of what Bolton CCG and CCGs across England intend for our NHS. “The people of Stafford have said loudly and clearly what they want – they want to keep their NHS hospital, which is now among the best in England. But the government, for all its talk of ‘choice’ and ‘localism’, has no intention of missing the opportunity it sees, not only to close Stafford hospital and farm services out to private companies, but to set a precedent that it can apply to other hospitals as well – and it has targeted 36% of England’s hospitals just for the first phase.” http://www.ccgwatch. org.uk/urgent-mid-st affs-nhs-administrat ors-pushing-privatis ation/ “They want to replace one ward in Bolton and another in Salford and replace them with community care, but this will leave people suffering with mental health hopelessly exposed,” said Ms Reissman. So far, the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Bolton and Salford say they their plans have not been affected by Trafford’s decision to pull out in the face of strong opposition. http://www.thisislan cashire.co.uk/news/1 1048528.Town_centre_ protest_____Save_our _threatened_mental_h ealth_beds___/ Puffin-Billy
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12:23pm Fri 30 May 14

thomas222 says...

Really! We shall see.
Really! We shall see. thomas222
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2:56pm Fri 30 May 14

ste1257 says...

my op was cancelled yesterday 2 hours before i was due to go in due to bed shortage
my op was cancelled yesterday 2 hours before i was due to go in due to bed shortage ste1257
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5:40pm Fri 30 May 14

Puffin-Billy says...

ste1257 wrote:
my op was cancelled yesterday 2 hours before i was due to go in due to bed shortage
There there. Don't you realise that the cuts are for your own good?
David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt, will tell you so.! Don't you believe them?

And that nice Dr Jackie Bene, bless her, she who only has your interests at heart, insists that the closure of B3 was a two-part process, TWO PART mind you! done in order to speed up the assessment and discharge of patients, and that the cuts are “clinician led” .

Please believe Dr Bene if she says that the loss of 28 beds is nothing whatsoever to do with the £20 Billion cuts which are to be implemented by 2015 - or the £30 Billion that the NHS must cut......err SAVE by 2017.

I'm sure you will start to feel much better if you ignore the fact that the Care Quality Commission report that one in four hospitals are now a safety risk, but that their inspections are not allowed to count the 6,000 nursing jobs which the NHS has haemorrhaged since 2010.

And won't we all feel better when we realise that Simon Stevens, the new chief of NHS England (who wants to decentralise ie disintegrate the NHS) worked for the biggest private healthcare company in the US, and was a former health adviser to Tony Blair, and that under him he closed all those small hospitals !

How silly of you to imagine that the cuts will harm your care. As Dr Bene herself says; the cuts will actually improve patient care !
[quote][p][bold]ste1257[/bold] wrote: my op was cancelled yesterday 2 hours before i was due to go in due to bed shortage[/p][/quote]There there. Don't you realise that the cuts are for your own good? David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt, will tell you so.! Don't you believe them? And that nice Dr Jackie Bene, bless her, she who only has your interests at heart, insists that the closure of B3 was a two-part process, TWO PART mind you! done in order to speed up the assessment and discharge of patients, and that the cuts are “clinician led” . Please believe Dr Bene if she says that the loss of 28 beds is nothing whatsoever to do with the £20 Billion cuts which are to be implemented by 2015 - or the £30 Billion that the NHS must cut......err SAVE by 2017. I'm sure you will start to feel much better if you ignore the fact that the Care Quality Commission report that one in four hospitals are now a safety risk, but that their inspections are not allowed to count the 6,000 nursing jobs which the NHS has haemorrhaged since 2010. And won't we all feel better when we realise that Simon Stevens, the new chief of NHS England (who wants to decentralise ie disintegrate the NHS) worked for the biggest private healthcare company in the US, and was a former health adviser to Tony Blair, and that under him he closed all those small hospitals ! How silly of you to imagine that the cuts will harm your care. As Dr Bene herself says; the cuts will actually improve patient care ! Puffin-Billy
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