‘Infuriated’ councillor wants answers from health chiefs

THE Royal Bolton Hospital’s board of directors must be held to account for the its financial failings, a leading councillor has said.

Cllr Andy Morgan, who sits on the council’s health, overview and scrutiny board, said he had been left “infuriated”

by the latest figures at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.

It was revealed in The Bolton News yesterday that the Royal Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, is £8 million in the red — a figure expected to rise to £12 million by April, and which could be as high as £16 million by the end of the financial year.

The Department of Health has shored up the hospital’s finances until the end of December with an £8 million loan.

Cllr Morgan said: “I cannot believe how the Trust has gone from surplus to a massive deficit in the matter of two years. We need some answers, not the drip-feed of information that is currently happening.

“The questions need to be asked to tell both users and staff how it is going to be sorted.”

At the last scrutiny committee, on September 4, Cllr Morgan says he asked about the level of deficit and was assured it would not increase from £3.8 million.

That figure was the amount reported by the hospital to be “unaccounted for” after problems in the Trust’s accounting led to PricewaterhouseCoopers being brought in to carry out an internal review.

It also came after health watchdog Monitor took the unusual step to intervene after issuing a damning report about the hospital’s finances in August.

David Wakefield was appointed as interim chairman, to replace Cllr Cliff Morris, who left his post three months before the end of his second term on the board.

At the hospital’s board meeting on Thursday, Mr Wakefield said: “The forecast does not look great.

“Clearly, we are going to do something to address the current spending and get some help with cash.”

Cllr Morgan added: “It is unacceptable and it is not fair to the staff who have all this uncertainty.”

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2:43pm Sat 6 Oct 12

rnorris says...

More i read these stories more it appears to me that Cllr Cliff Morris jumped ship. Should he be head of the Council under these circumstances. He was the Chairman of the hospital board, wasnt he ?
More i read these stories more it appears to me that Cllr Cliff Morris jumped ship. Should he be head of the Council under these circumstances. He was the Chairman of the hospital board, wasnt he ? rnorris
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6:05pm Sat 6 Oct 12

Bendix says...

Get the police in.
Get the police in. Bendix
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6:46am Sun 7 Oct 12

collthorn says...

Money has gone missing, why have the police not been involved?
Money has gone missing, why have the police not been involved? collthorn
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6:19pm Sun 7 Oct 12

christhefridge@yahoo.co.uk says...

how can people take money that s meant for makin ill people better. fraud or theft come to mind. wonder how much has disapeared from council funds?
But never mind us struggling tax payers will sort it!!!!!!!!!
how can people take money that s meant for makin ill people better. fraud or theft come to mind. wonder how much has disapeared from council funds? But never mind us struggling tax payers will sort it!!!!!!!!! christhefridge@yahoo.co.uk
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6:57pm Sun 7 Oct 12

BWFC71 says...

Get the police and question why Cllr Morris knew nothing of these financial irregularities. He was, and currently is, Council leader and was chairman of the NHS Trust Board.

He should have had full review of all incomings and outgoings and knew every little bit of the Trust.

This is turning out to be a fraud case more and more - and where is Cllr Morris - oh yes he was outed by the Watchdog - he needs to be questioned.
Get the police and question why Cllr Morris knew nothing of these financial irregularities. He was, and currently is, Council leader and was chairman of the NHS Trust Board. He should have had full review of all incomings and outgoings and knew every little bit of the Trust. This is turning out to be a fraud case more and more - and where is Cllr Morris - oh yes he was outed by the Watchdog - he needs to be questioned. BWFC71
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9:36pm Sun 7 Oct 12

Rememberscarborough says...

Whilst some on here may believe that there is a criminal case to answer I seriously doubt that this is the case. What is far more likely is that there is a case of gross financial mis-management. However, if this is proven then all the directors who were in charge at the time of this mis-management have to be subject disciplinary charges with possible punishments of being banned as a director for up to seven years.
Whilst some on here may believe that there is a criminal case to answer I seriously doubt that this is the case. What is far more likely is that there is a case of gross financial mis-management. However, if this is proven then all the directors who were in charge at the time of this mis-management have to be subject disciplinary charges with possible punishments of being banned as a director for up to seven years. Rememberscarborough
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8:56am Mon 8 Oct 12

exiled says...

Wondering why the BN has censored my comments concerning Andy Morgan - are they too close?
Wondering why the BN has censored my comments concerning Andy Morgan - are they too close? exiled
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