Trust management is to blame

I READ with horror the report of suggested action at Hinchingbrooke Hospital to cut costs. To me, it is quite obvious that the current NHS trust management is to blame for the shortfalls of cash and projected cuts in service. It is sad that it has fallen

I READ with horror the report of suggested action at Hinchingbrooke Hospital to cut costs.

To me, it is quite obvious that the current NHS trust management is to blame for the shortfalls of cash and projected cuts in service.

It is sad that it has fallen to an "acting chief executive" to make the announcement in The Hunts Post.

I believe this underlines the fact that the chief executive does not take his position seriously enough for him to make the statement personally - isn't he paid for a 52-weeks-a-year service from our money?


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It might look good on his CV to say that he was involved in the new treatment centre.

But unless he gets his brain off his elbow and takes steps to provide a service for the good of the whole Huntingdonshire community, he should throw in the towel now.

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KEN OSBORNE

Burstellars

St Ives

Editor's note: The Hunts Post asked Hinchingbrooke Hospital to supply an open letter to the public. Liz Pointing replied because at the time Douglas Pattisson was away.

MY partner has received a redundancy letter recently. She has been in her job at Hinchingbrooke Hospital only since February. We think it is appalling that they took her on four months ago and gave her a 12-month contract but now, just four months on, they may be making her redundant.

If they had told her this at the beginning, she wouldn't have bothered going for the job. It seems that morale at the hospital is very low - they are making cutbacks but still putting up extra buildings. Where is the sense in that?

No doubt in a few years they'll be needing all these staff back. I am sure my views are felt by many others.

Redundancy causes a lot of stress, especially when there are very few nurses' jobs in the area. It seems they are all taken up by people who are not trained in Britain when British nurses can't get a job in their own country.

SIMON BURNS

Crane Street

Brampton

Editor's note: The budget for the running of the hospital and for building work are separate and cannot be merged.

I READ with interest your article on the Hinchingbrooke Hospital redundancies (Hunts Post, July 5) but feel that there must be a discrepancy in your recording of the posts to be lost.

You omitted to include redundancies or resignations of any trust directors who would, by obviating their salaries, reduce the outstanding overspend considerably.

They, after all, have been responsible for the hospital's management that has resulted in the financial deficiencies now being experienced.

I would target, in particular, those who had been responsible for authorising expenditure on what may be described, in part, as cosmetic alterations to the hospital and which have adversely influenced the overspend.

Or are we meant to understand that, should HMS Hinchingbrooke sink, the trust directors intend it to go down crewed with a full complement of flag officers and no able-bodied seamen?

GRAHAM STERNE

Ware Lane

Wyton

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