“PATIENTS from Solihull will never be asked to travel to Good Hope, or Good Hope Patients to Solihull. Occasionally you will be asked to travel to Heartlands or the Chest Clinic For specialist care”. An extract from page 2 of the ‘Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust’ wrapper to the Solihull News of February 9 2007.
Suddenly now, just 20 months on, Solihull is to lose its maternity unit as it is under equipped, and patients will have to travel to Heartlands or Good Hope. Yet this is the same NHS Trust.
Where did the money go? If equipment was needed why was it spent on an entrance hall? Why was a third of the Solihull building demolished? If these facilities weren’t needed, why do we have such queues for treatment and beds.
Last month the queues of seriously ill people for initial examination at the new Initial Assessment Unit were over 11 hours long!
You couldn’t be examined until you were on a bed, (after that you became officially queuing, before you weren’t in the system and not logged onto return statistics). Yet there were empty unstaffed wards.
Yes it is expensive to run a hospital, but that is what we pay for, not pretty foyers, and data clerks.
Clearly this NHS Trust cannot be trusted, and should go. The medical staff work hard, but the management is woefully inadequate.
Jim and Joyce Bumstead,