Trust scores 'Good' mark in review into services for children
week there was a lot of news about a report issued by the Healthcare
Commission on services for children in hospital. Southport &
Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is not among the Trusts that receive
criticism for not performing well, as we scored an overall 'Good'
mark and an 'Excellent' mark for the Emergency Care
Environment. The in depth survey by the Healthcare Commission
of Children's health services, provides an essential summary of
Janette Brookes, Director of Specialist and Emergency Services
said:- "This is excellent news for the Trust and for the
children who use our services."
Each hospital has been awarded an overall score for the review,
which is broken down into scores for services in 6 areas: emergency
care (for example, care received in the accident and emergency
department), day case services, outpatients, inpatients, emergency
surgery (including anaesthetics) and elective (planned) surgery
(including anaesthetics). The Trusts are then given an overall mark
of either excellent, good, fair or weak.
Commenting further, Janette said:- "One area where we scored
an 'excellent' mark was in the Emergency Care Environment,
which includes the provision of children's Accident & Emergency
Services. We want to continue improving the services we offer to
children and one area where we are looking to do so in the near
future is with Ophthalmology and ENT. At the moment these are based
at Southport General Infirmary, but from early April the children
will be seen in the dedicated children's outpatients department at
either Southport or Ormskirk, depending on where they live.
Similarly, the day case surgery for Ophthalmology and ENT will be
carried out on the children's ward at Ormskirk rather than in a
mixed environment as at the moment."
The Healthcare Commission report was issued only days after we
reported that a survey showed 98.6% rated our children's A&E as 'good'
or better. The full report on that survey is attached.
Of the 157 hospitals across England that were reviewed, 4% were
given a score of 'excellent', and 21% or 33 organisations
were given a score of 'good'. These organisations are making
good progress on ensuring that children have access to
child-friendly environments, that services are provided in a range
of locations close to patients' homes, and that services are
appropriately covered by staff specifically trained to care for
children. 70%of organisations were given a score of 'fair'
and 5% were given a score of 'weak'.
Nurses threaten strike over 'derisory' pay deal
and agencies Health workers have threatened to go on strike after
the Government awarded them a below-inflation pay rise. Union
leaders threatened industrial action after health staff were
promised a 2.5% increase to be paid in 2 stages in April and
November, which they say is worth just 1.9% per year.
Their fury was
increased by a pay deal for servicemen and women which will see
rises of 3.3% and 9.2% to be paid "without delay".
Nurses leaving hospitals described the rise was a "slap in the
face" and claimed many could now leave the profession.
Staff nurse Alisdair
Smith, who works at Southport General Hospital in Merseyside, said
the pay increase was derisory. The 29 year old, with 5 years'
experience, said:- "Every time we get a pay increase it
actually acts as a pay cut."
A nurse at the Royal
Liverpool University Hospital, meanwhile, said:- "We look
after the country's most vulnerable people and work long hours and
this is what the Government thinks of our efforts."
Patricia Hewitt, the
Health Secretary, acknowledged that nurses would be "disappointed"
with the award but added that the Government had accepted "the
recommendations of NHS pay review bodies".
"These are sensible increases, fair for staff, consistent with
the government's inflation target and affordable for the NHS,"
she said. "We appreciate that nurses will be
disappointed by the staging of their award. However, overall
earnings growth in the NHS will be around 4.5% in 2007/08 as a
result of this pay award, the Government's pay reforms and
opportunities for career progression."
Unison, the UK's
largest health union, described the decision to stage the pay rise
for nurses, midwives, paramedics and other health professionals as a
"real letdown". Karen Jennings, the organisation's head
of health, said:- "We believe that 2.5% is low enough without
reducing its value even further by paying it in 2 stages."
Dr. John Horsley and Dr Khalid Binymin, a Royal College of
Physicians Tutor, made history for the hospital Trust by hosting the
prestigious PACES examination on behalf of the Royal College of
Physicians of London.
Examiners from all over the UK joined many Southport physicians to
assess thirty national and international candidates who hoped to be
the next generation of consultants.
The event, held on 22 February 2007 and 23 February 2007 at the
state of the art Treatment Centre at Ormskirk & District General
Hospital, involved much planning by both physicians and
administrative staff. Over 100 patients volunteered to participate
in the event and both consultants extend their thanks for such
Dr. Khalid Binymin FRCP said:- "We are doing our level best to
raise standards within our own trainees because we believe the
quality of care reflects our ability to offer renewed opportunities
and challenges in training. It's a time for us all to learn and work
together regardless of geographical boundaries. Of course it is only
made possible by the hard work of our admin staff and the volunteer