POOR performance over last year by management at the Heart of England Foundation NHS Trust explains why the Care Quality Commission Audit has downgraded them from excellent/good to fair. Similarly the Solihull NHS Care Trust dips from good to fair. Doctors and nurses are not to blame. “Too many chiefs and not enough Indians” is the problem.
We wound down our Save Solihull Hospital Campaign two years ago, believing our aims had been achieved, but that is now again much in doubt. Then we handed over our £800 funds balance to the Friends of Solihull Hospital, with NHS authority to purchase equipment for the Solihull Intensive Care Unit or the High Dependency Ward.
Since then, without the Friends’ or our knowledge, both units have furtively been closed and transferred to Heartlands, so our donation remains unused in the bank.
Bosses now say this is temporary to make space for a possible swine flu pandemic or winter flu increase. We fear they will never return to Solihull .
Like Maternity, A&E, plus the WRVS volunteers, we are disillusioned with the Trust’s ‘Big Brother’ attitude.
They were given Foundation status to allow more constructive financial and medical flexibility, not for empire building at Heartlands to the detriment of Solihull. We will not tolerate that.
Member of local NHS Patient Information Advisory Panel