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Readers' letters

Letters to Health Service Journal's editor.
  • Teaching hospital finance director leaves

    31-Jan-2015 0:30 am

    It seems commonplace for nhs managers/ observers/ clinicians to blame finance directors exclusively for financial deficits. This is akin to exclusively blaming goalkeepers when football teams lose

  • Updated: Hospital objections scupper controversial 2015-16 pricing plans

    30-Jan-2015 11:08 pm

    Bennet says: "This is not a vote of no confidence in Monitor" I've got news for you, David. Monitor have been designed to fail because they have muddled the legislative and executive functions and this is a schoolboy error from whoever designed it. Let's have a NHS independent pricing group, not linked to implementation like the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority in Australia ( ) which could tell us objectively how much care costs. (this could be part of the CQC) The way you package these costs is an executive and political issue and should be covered by NHSE.

  • Exclusive: Jobs at risk as NHS England rejects two CSU bids

    30-Jan-2015 10:23 pm

    I sat here tonight reading the article, and read all the comments. I work in one of the affected CSUs, and now that I think about it properly for the first time this week, I think this: regardless of the success or failure of the LPF exercise, or whatever our future holds, there is still a job to be done, and I know it is of value. Nobody out there can do it, they already have their own job to do, and so I will carry on, satisfied in the knowledge that despite the complete incompetence of management (NHSE, DH, CSU) it is within my gift, and in the gift of all my CSU colleagues, to provide a really good service to the NHS, and that my colleagues and I can, therefore, be proud of what we do. I like to think that this kind of approach sticks two fingers up at those who are pulling the strings. I'm off to bed, and I'm going to sleep soundly.

  • Colchester’s A&E rated ‘inadequate’ by CQC

    30-Jan-2015 10:11 pm

    This is the CQC growing teeth at last. This, together with the increased fines for missing the 95% target suggests that the government is forcing providers to up their game. The question is that as all acute care loses money, will they pony up the cash so that providers can actually provide a safe service? *** Do we actually know how much it should cost to provide a good and safe service in acute care? we know that the reference costs are pretty much random in acute care. (that sort of unsexy work is probably beneath the clever people at Monitor)

  • Hinchingbrooke £7.2m in the red

    30-Jan-2015 10:06 pm

    No wonder the Finance Director jumped ship 6 months ago. We need to remember that by international standards, Hinchingbrooke is an average sized hospital. Certainly in the integrated care case studies that the Monitor McKinsey Muppets are waving around as the NHS Magic Bullet, the hospitals are all about 300 beds.

  • The NHS must learn from the tariff veto and make immediate changes

    30-Jan-2015 9:56 pm

    A surplus for commissioners is a political con trick. Money you are allocated and so announced, but can't spend. If you make a higher than 1% surplus you can't spend the same sum the next year, another con trick. But if you want to commission high quality safe services for patients, Monitor will come along and make that as hard as possible by proposing a tariff that would see it cut. Some senior folk should be considering this vote of no confidence in them

  • Number of NHS nursing staff hits record levels

    30-Jan-2015 6:39 pm

    And then Ed's extra how ever many to be magicked up! Lordy, we'll be well looked after.

  • Labour pledges new savings by cutting NHS 'bureaucracy'

    30-Jan-2015 5:55 pm

    Lynn99 6pm, I expect many of those 'useless' interims are better at written English than you.

  • Professor Laura Serrant joins HSJ leadership inquiry panel

    30-Jan-2015 5:37 pm

    Please say that you meant community and PUBLIC health nursing here and in the live feed

  • Trust sector deficit deteriorates to £414m

    30-Jan-2015 4:06 pm

    Sadly seeing some bullying from TDA which is stalling patient focused initiatives, and waiting times initiatives. Yes, budget issues, but shouldn't be used to stall treatment.

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