Colchester's hospital trust in special measures...now board faces the public

Braintree and Witham Times: Colchester's hospital trust in Special Measures Colchester's hospital trust in Special Measures

COLCHESTER’S hospital trust has been placed into special measures in the wake of the cancer scandal.

Monitor, the health sector regulator, announced today that following a formal investigation found Colchester Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has breached its licence to provide health services.

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) asked Monitor to investigate after it raised serious concerns over delays in cancer patients’ care.

The CQC ‘s damning report into the trust, published nine days ago, revealed treatment to 22 out of 61 cancer patients may have been delayed, but some patient records had been altered to make it appear treatment had started within the target time.

Update 10.25am

 

  • Monitor said it ordered the trust to put right the patient quality, safety and governance concerns highlighted by the CQC.
  • An Improvement Director will be appointed by Monitor to ensure the trust turns itself around.
  • A high performing foundation trust will be asked by the regulator to offer support and expertise in delivering improvements to the cancer pathway.
  • The trust will publish and regularly update an action plan to enable the public to monitor the progress it makes and hold it to account.
  • The regulator has also imposed an additional licence condition to make sure the trust has the necessary capability in place to run the trust. If the leadership of the trust fails to act appropriately, this condition allows Monitor to take further action.

Update 10.45am

Dr Gordon Coutts, Trust chief executive, said: “Everyone at the Trust was extremely concerned about the problems identified in the Care Quality Commission report.

"We are truly sorry that in some cases cancer patients, their carers and families have not been given the high quality of care this Trust always aims to provide. 

“We have already taken action in response to the findings of the CQC report and we are continuing to address all of the concerns that were raised.

“Our priority is the safety and well-being of all our patients. The additional advice and support that we will receive as a result of the announcement by Monitor will help us to make the improvements that are needed quickly and effectively. 

"Pairing us with another Trust will also provide the opportunity to have a fresh pair of eyes to look at our services.”

Update 10.55am

UNISON Regional Head of Health, Tracey Lambert, welcomed the decision to put the trust into special measures and pair it with a better performing trust.

She said: “The decision to take Colchester Hospital into special measures is the right one.  The Trust board has lost the confidence of patients and the public in North East Essex and people want to see strong, positive action to improve health care at the hospital.

“UNISON members alerted executive directors at the hospital that they were being bullied into falsifying data relating to the treatment of cancer patients, but their concerns were not dealt with. 

"We know that our members in other departments also believed they would not be listened to if they spoke out about their fears. UNISON repeatedly made this point to the Trust .

“In light of what has happened at Colchester, there is a need for a significant change of leadership and we look forward to working with the new regime.”

Update 11.20am

Witham MP Priti Patel said: "I welcome the appointment of an improvement director to help the trust turn itself around and the placing of the trust into special measures.

"This announcement was always likely following the CQC report and I expect standards to get better with these changes taking effect.”

“Many of my constituents rely on Colchester General Hospital and will be concerned about the Trust’s performance and recent developments. Services must start to improve and patients must be put first.”

Update 12:20pm

Royal College of Nurses regional director Karen Webb said: "Monitor's decision to place Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust in special measures is the right step to take.

"The RCN has consistently voiced its concerns about patient safety, nurse staffing and cultural issues both to the trust and worked with other stakeholders.

"It is right that the hospital is placed in special measures and support offered to help them turn things around for the benefit of patient care and a safe working environment for the staff providing that care."

Update 1.20pm

Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell said: “This was inevitable in light of what has come to light. The only thing that surprises me is that it was not done a week or so ago.

“This is clearly a worrying time for the general public and staff. I want to stress, again, that we are talking here about the administration of records within the cancer treatment area of the hospital and the possible consequences – this is not a reflection on the rest of the hospital.

“It is important that as much reassurance as possible is given to all who attend the hospital, particularly those under-going treatment for cancer, as well as to their families.

“Also, that I give a general vote of confidence in staff right across the hospital, both medical and support, whose morale may well have been affected by what has been reported.”

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10:22am Thu 14 Nov 13

tomtheDJ says...

So, yesterday I got this email -
"Meeting of Trust Board in public | Thursday 14th
Our Board of Directors will meet in public on Thursday (14th Nov).
The meeting will take place in Training Rooms South (map), near the Main Entrance of Colchester General Hospital, from 2pm to 3.30pm.
The Board will discuss the inspection report the Care Quality Commission published last Tuesday, in response to information of concern it received regarding cancer waiting times.
Trust Chair Dr Sally Irvine has said she is happy for members of the public to raise questions that relate to items on the agenda - see below.
Ask the Trust Board a question
At the end of the meeting (above), there will be an opportunity for questions from the public that relate to items on the agenda.

If possible, questions should be submitted in advance so that the Trust can prepare the best response but Trust Chair Dr Sally Irvine will also be happy for members of the public to raise questions on the day.

To submit a question relating to the agenda in advance, reply to this email (or email info@colchesterhospi
tal.nhs.uk) and state that it is for the board meeting of 14 November.

SO, better be quick with those questions...........
......
So, yesterday I got this email - "Meeting of Trust Board in public | Thursday 14th Our Board of Directors will meet in public on Thursday (14th Nov). The meeting will take place in Training Rooms South (map), near the Main Entrance of Colchester General Hospital, from 2pm to 3.30pm. The Board will discuss the inspection report the Care Quality Commission published last Tuesday, in response to information of concern it received regarding cancer waiting times. Trust Chair Dr Sally Irvine has said she is happy for members of the public to raise questions that relate to items on the agenda - see below. Ask the Trust Board a question At the end of the meeting (above), there will be an opportunity for questions from the public that relate to items on the agenda. If possible, questions should be submitted in advance so that the Trust can prepare the best response but Trust Chair Dr Sally Irvine will also be happy for members of the public to raise questions on the day. To submit a question relating to the agenda in advance, reply to this email (or email info@colchesterhospi tal.nhs.uk) and state that it is for the board meeting of 14 November. SO, better be quick with those questions........... ...... tomtheDJ

11:10am Thu 14 Nov 13

mbr1955 says...

Heads should roll and I donot mean the poor staff that did their best but were not listened to!!!!. Also Questions should not be raised ahead of the meeting, let them face the questions head on and hopefully there will be NON PREPARED ANSWERS!!!!!!. Summing it all up - What a mess and shambles.
Heads should roll and I donot mean the poor staff that did their best but were not listened to!!!!. Also Questions should not be raised ahead of the meeting, let them face the questions head on and hopefully there will be NON PREPARED ANSWERS!!!!!!. Summing it all up - What a mess and shambles. mbr1955

12:11pm Thu 14 Nov 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

mbr1955 wrote:
Heads should roll and I donot mean the poor staff that did their best but were not listened to!!!!. Also Questions should not be raised ahead of the meeting, let them face the questions head on and hopefully there will be NON PREPARED ANSWERS!!!!!!. Summing it all up - What a mess and shambles.
Sadly I doubt very much that this is the only NHS trust to have been 'cooking the books'.

The positive is that at least the problems have been discovered and something is being done.
[quote][p][bold]mbr1955[/bold] wrote: Heads should roll and I donot mean the poor staff that did their best but were not listened to!!!!. Also Questions should not be raised ahead of the meeting, let them face the questions head on and hopefully there will be NON PREPARED ANSWERS!!!!!!. Summing it all up - What a mess and shambles.[/p][/quote]Sadly I doubt very much that this is the only NHS trust to have been 'cooking the books'. The positive is that at least the problems have been discovered and something is being done. Ritchie_Hicks

12:22pm Thu 14 Nov 13

mbr1955 says...

Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
mbr1955 wrote:
Heads should roll and I donot mean the poor staff that did their best but were not listened to!!!!. Also Questions should not be raised ahead of the meeting, let them face the questions head on and hopefully there will be NON PREPARED ANSWERS!!!!!!. Summing it all up - What a mess and shambles.
Sadly I doubt very much that this is the only NHS trust to have been 'cooking the books'.

The positive is that at least the problems have been discovered and something is being done.
I totally agree with you. It is very very sad to see the state of the NHS at the moment, not just hospitals, but doctors surgeries etc etc. The main body of staff i.e. the nurses, doctors etc are NOT to blame its the so called Directors and Managers that have no knowledge of the caring side only how to make money. I feel very sorry for the nurses, doctors etc that have to work within these confines. What is needed is staff that have worked their way up the ladder from the very bottom. (as is the case in a lot of jobs).
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mbr1955[/bold] wrote: Heads should roll and I donot mean the poor staff that did their best but were not listened to!!!!. Also Questions should not be raised ahead of the meeting, let them face the questions head on and hopefully there will be NON PREPARED ANSWERS!!!!!!. Summing it all up - What a mess and shambles.[/p][/quote]Sadly I doubt very much that this is the only NHS trust to have been 'cooking the books'. The positive is that at least the problems have been discovered and something is being done.[/p][/quote]I totally agree with you. It is very very sad to see the state of the NHS at the moment, not just hospitals, but doctors surgeries etc etc. The main body of staff i.e. the nurses, doctors etc are NOT to blame its the so called Directors and Managers that have no knowledge of the caring side only how to make money. I feel very sorry for the nurses, doctors etc that have to work within these confines. What is needed is staff that have worked their way up the ladder from the very bottom. (as is the case in a lot of jobs). mbr1955

12:33pm Thu 14 Nov 13

hughie-s says...

mbr1955 wrote:
Heads should roll and I donot mean the poor staff that did their best but were not listened to!!!!. Also Questions should not be raised ahead of the meeting, let them face the questions head on and hopefully there will be NON PREPARED ANSWERS!!!!!!. Summing it all up - What a mess and shambles.
Answer 1 Apologetic mutterings ending "Lessons will be learnt"
Answer 2 Apologetic mutterings ending "Lessons will be learnt"
Answer 3 Apologetic mutterings ending "Lessons..........
[quote][p][bold]mbr1955[/bold] wrote: Heads should roll and I donot mean the poor staff that did their best but were not listened to!!!!. Also Questions should not be raised ahead of the meeting, let them face the questions head on and hopefully there will be NON PREPARED ANSWERS!!!!!!. Summing it all up - What a mess and shambles.[/p][/quote]Answer 1 Apologetic mutterings ending "Lessons will be learnt" Answer 2 Apologetic mutterings ending "Lessons will be learnt" Answer 3 Apologetic mutterings ending "Lessons.......... hughie-s

12:35pm Thu 14 Nov 13

Weazelbum says...

Quite right, I suspect this is going on in many trusts. Makes me laugh though, the government keep slashing the NHS budget, more and more patients are utilising services and frankly they can't cope. I work there and can vouch for the fantastic staff but there's only so much they can do. That said, accusations of bullying and cover ups when concerns were voiced are disgusting. THOSE heads should roll, whoever they were.
Quite right, I suspect this is going on in many trusts. Makes me laugh though, the government keep slashing the NHS budget, more and more patients are utilising services and frankly they can't cope. I work there and can vouch for the fantastic staff but there's only so much they can do. That said, accusations of bullying and cover ups when concerns were voiced are disgusting. THOSE heads should roll, whoever they were. Weazelbum

1:53pm Thu 14 Nov 13

julieee says...

If form filling was cut there would be more time to be usefully spent on actual workload and less room for error. Government brought this on themselves with interfering. Let doctors be doctors.
If form filling was cut there would be more time to be usefully spent on actual workload and less room for error. Government brought this on themselves with interfering. Let doctors be doctors. julieee

2:10pm Thu 14 Nov 13

mbr1955 says...

Comment at 11.20 this morning and I quote 'Witham MP Priti Patel said: "I welcome the appointment of an improvement director to help the trust turn itself around.'

Whilst I appreciate things have to be done, to appointment yet another Director and call him an Improvement Director, beggers believe. What will the next Director's position be called 'Checking the Improvement Director Director' !!!!!
Comment at 11.20 this morning and I quote 'Witham MP Priti Patel said: "I welcome the appointment of an improvement director to help the trust turn itself around.' Whilst I appreciate things have to be done, to appointment yet another Director and call him an Improvement Director, beggers believe. What will the next Director's position be called 'Checking the Improvement Director Director' !!!!! mbr1955

5:13pm Thu 14 Nov 13

tomtheDJ says...

mbr1955 wrote:
Comment at 11.20 this morning and I quote 'Witham MP Priti Patel said: "I welcome the appointment of an improvement director to help the trust turn itself around.' Whilst I appreciate things have to be done, to appointment yet another Director and call him an Improvement Director, beggers believe. What will the next Director's position be called 'Checking the Improvement Director Director' !!!!!
agree,
that Priti Patel has dug so many deep holes for herself during her term,
anyone would think she worked for JCB !!
[quote][p][bold]mbr1955[/bold] wrote: Comment at 11.20 this morning and I quote 'Witham MP Priti Patel said: "I welcome the appointment of an improvement director to help the trust turn itself around.' Whilst I appreciate things have to be done, to appointment yet another Director and call him an Improvement Director, beggers believe. What will the next Director's position be called 'Checking the Improvement Director Director' !!!!![/p][/quote]agree, that Priti Patel has dug so many deep holes for herself during her term, anyone would think she worked for JCB !! tomtheDJ

7:19pm Thu 14 Nov 13

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

An intelligent person would say this shows placing targets above patients was the underlying issue here, and the break up and privatisation by the Con-Dems of our National Health Service, will only make this worse. That's what somebody with any brains would say, but I say that's just commie nonsense, that's the usual bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is.

Well done to this government for finally ridding us of the communist NHS. Profit, not patients!
An intelligent person would say this shows placing targets above patients was the underlying issue here, and the break up and privatisation by the Con-Dems of our National Health Service, will only make this worse. That's what somebody with any brains would say, but I say that's just commie nonsense, that's the usual bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is. Well done to this government for finally ridding us of the communist NHS. Profit, not patients! Mail Member 4 Colchester

7:23pm Thu 14 Nov 13

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

tomtheDJ wrote:
So, yesterday I got this email -
"Meeting of Trust Board in public | Thursday 14th
Our Board of Directors will meet in public on Thursday (14th Nov).
The meeting will take place in Training Rooms South (map), near the Main Entrance of Colchester General Hospital, from 2pm to 3.30pm.
The Board will discuss the inspection report the Care Quality Commission published last Tuesday, in response to information of concern it received regarding cancer waiting times.
Trust Chair Dr Sally Irvine has said she is happy for members of the public to raise questions that relate to items on the agenda - see below.
Ask the Trust Board a question
At the end of the meeting (above), there will be an opportunity for questions from the public that relate to items on the agenda.

If possible, questions should be submitted in advance so that the Trust can prepare the best response but Trust Chair Dr Sally Irvine will also be happy for members of the public to raise questions on the day.

To submit a question relating to the agenda in advance, reply to this email (or email info@colchesterhospi

tal.nhs.uk) and state that it is for the board meeting of 14 November.

SO, better be quick with those questions...........

......
What a rude email!
I find it disgraceful they've written to you,
The bard of Jaywick,
Without hitting the return,
Key,
After,
Every,
Single,
Bloody,
Comma!
[quote][p][bold]tomtheDJ[/bold] wrote: So, yesterday I got this email - "Meeting of Trust Board in public | Thursday 14th Our Board of Directors will meet in public on Thursday (14th Nov). The meeting will take place in Training Rooms South (map), near the Main Entrance of Colchester General Hospital, from 2pm to 3.30pm. The Board will discuss the inspection report the Care Quality Commission published last Tuesday, in response to information of concern it received regarding cancer waiting times. Trust Chair Dr Sally Irvine has said she is happy for members of the public to raise questions that relate to items on the agenda - see below. Ask the Trust Board a question At the end of the meeting (above), there will be an opportunity for questions from the public that relate to items on the agenda. If possible, questions should be submitted in advance so that the Trust can prepare the best response but Trust Chair Dr Sally Irvine will also be happy for members of the public to raise questions on the day. To submit a question relating to the agenda in advance, reply to this email (or email info@colchesterhospi tal.nhs.uk) and state that it is for the board meeting of 14 November. SO, better be quick with those questions........... ......[/p][/quote]What a rude email! I find it disgraceful they've written to you, The bard of Jaywick, Without hitting the return, Key, After, Every, Single, Bloody, Comma! Mail Member 4 Colchester

8:31pm Thu 14 Nov 13

sassygirl76 says...

its not just the cancer ward tho its happening all over the hospital patients not getting medication on time, or medicine lost due to the patient left with no supervision. medicine found on the floor in reach of other patients, visiting children , and being left out of the patients vital care to recovery. records saying the patient has had this medication when how could they when it is found on the floor !!!!! the trust needs a huge shake up our nhs is a huge fail and its disgusting to watch people suffering without the care and attention they all need.
its not just the cancer ward tho its happening all over the hospital patients not getting medication on time, or medicine lost due to the patient left with no supervision. medicine found on the floor in reach of other patients, visiting children , and being left out of the patients vital care to recovery. records saying the patient has had this medication when how could they when it is found on the floor !!!!! the trust needs a huge shake up our nhs is a huge fail and its disgusting to watch people suffering without the care and attention they all need. sassygirl76

12:37pm Fri 15 Nov 13

alfcavill says...

Sack those responsible for the bullying and reward those staff members who bring wrong doing to the attention of the hospital. There needs to be a radial change in the way things are looked at and the way staff are treated. Is till find Colchester hospital an excellent place to be treated.
Sack those responsible for the bullying and reward those staff members who bring wrong doing to the attention of the hospital. There needs to be a radial change in the way things are looked at and the way staff are treated. Is till find Colchester hospital an excellent place to be treated. alfcavill

12:42pm Fri 15 Nov 13

sassygirl76 says...

Some times and I'm not saying all staff , but some are generally not interested weather its down to stress, the lack of help and support they do not get as we do not have enough nurses or doctors, I do not know. But some also need reminding its their job and responsibly to get things right and within a decent time frame.
Some times and I'm not saying all staff , but some are generally not interested weather its down to stress, the lack of help and support they do not get as we do not have enough nurses or doctors, I do not know. But some also need reminding its their job and responsibly to get things right and within a decent time frame. sassygirl76

12:49pm Fri 15 Nov 13

romantic says...

Sadly, the management will still find a way to shift the blame for this onto the frontline staff, and if somebody is revealed as the central person in this, will no doubt get retired on a nice pension and golden goodbye, and then crop up 3 months later is another trust. It seems that management is accountable only to itself.

There are too many people involved in the NHS who scarcely ever see an actual patient. The times I have visited people at CGH, it has shocked me how stretched the frontline people are. If you can get out of bed, if you can speak loud enough, somebody will come. If you are old, frail and ill and have no relative there, that alarm bell can be going for hours.

The NHS is something we should be incredibly proud of, but the growth of this target culture is pushing people away from the central reason for it existing.
Sadly, the management will still find a way to shift the blame for this onto the frontline staff, and if somebody is revealed as the central person in this, will no doubt get retired on a nice pension and golden goodbye, and then crop up 3 months later is another trust. It seems that management is accountable only to itself. There are too many people involved in the NHS who scarcely ever see an actual patient. The times I have visited people at CGH, it has shocked me how stretched the frontline people are. If you can get out of bed, if you can speak loud enough, somebody will come. If you are old, frail and ill and have no relative there, that alarm bell can be going for hours. The NHS is something we should be incredibly proud of, but the growth of this target culture is pushing people away from the central reason for it existing. romantic

12:53pm Fri 15 Nov 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

sassygirl76 wrote:
Some times and I'm not saying all staff , but some are generally not interested weather its down to stress, the lack of help and support they do not get as we do not have enough nurses or doctors, I do not know. But some also need reminding its their job and responsibly to get things right and within a decent time frame.
Got to be honest - my grandfather died in the hospital just over 8 years ago and the staff on the ward were very unhelpful. We often had to empty urine bottles because they couldn't/wouldn;t and it was a medical friend who discovered than a lung drain hadn't been inserted incorrectly whilst visting him. She ended up doing it propertly herself because there was no one who could. It was very frustrating because we felt helpless at times.

Of course this isn't an example of all wards and staff but in this case we had a terrible experience.
[quote][p][bold]sassygirl76[/bold] wrote: Some times and I'm not saying all staff , but some are generally not interested weather its down to stress, the lack of help and support they do not get as we do not have enough nurses or doctors, I do not know. But some also need reminding its their job and responsibly to get things right and within a decent time frame.[/p][/quote]Got to be honest - my grandfather died in the hospital just over 8 years ago and the staff on the ward were very unhelpful. We often had to empty urine bottles because they couldn't/wouldn;t and it was a medical friend who discovered than a lung drain hadn't been inserted incorrectly whilst visting him. She ended up doing it propertly herself because there was no one who could. It was very frustrating because we felt helpless at times. Of course this isn't an example of all wards and staff but in this case we had a terrible experience. Ritchie_Hicks

7:55pm Sat 16 Nov 13

stevedawson says...

Not everything is ever perfeçt but most who contributed to this thread should be thankful for their nhs and the care it provides.
Not everything is ever perfeçt but most who contributed to this thread should be thankful for their nhs and the care it provides. stevedawson

9:20pm Sat 16 Nov 13

mbr1955 says...

stevedawson wrote:
Not everything is ever perfeçt but most who contributed to this thread should be thankful for their nhs and the care it provides.
Speaking for myself, I am more than grateful and thankful for the Doctors and Nurses and all the frontline staff, they all do an excellent job and I have first hand knowledge, but its all the hangers on i.e. Directors of this, that and the other that sit in their Ivory towers giving orders and switching off when problems arise that I object to.
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: Not everything is ever perfeçt but most who contributed to this thread should be thankful for their nhs and the care it provides.[/p][/quote]Speaking for myself, I am more than grateful and thankful for the Doctors and Nurses and all the frontline staff, they all do an excellent job and I have first hand knowledge, but its all the hangers on i.e. Directors of this, that and the other that sit in their Ivory towers giving orders and switching off when problems arise that I object to. mbr1955

9:48pm Sat 16 Nov 13

sassygirl76 says...

On the news tonight if doctors and nurses r subject to neglect they will be in serious trouble with a prison sentence, hallelujah !
On the news tonight if doctors and nurses r subject to neglect they will be in serious trouble with a prison sentence, hallelujah ! sassygirl76

12:06pm Sun 17 Nov 13

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

sassygirl76 wrote:
On the news tonight if doctors and nurses r subject to neglect they will be in serious trouble with a prison sentence, hallelujah !
An intelligent person would say, that front-line doctors and nurses are doing a magnificent job in appalling circumstances (facing cuts and privatisation), and that they are not the issue here. That the issue here is one of a target set culture of management bullying that went to the very top. That's what somebody with a brain would say, but I much prefer irrational hatred over reason. And I bloody hate public sector workers, they're just a drain on my taxes. The sooner we're like America, the better, and if you can't afford the health care, you die. Thanks to this wonderful government full of old Etonians, I won't have long to wait for that to be the case.
[quote][p][bold]sassygirl76[/bold] wrote: On the news tonight if doctors and nurses r subject to neglect they will be in serious trouble with a prison sentence, hallelujah ![/p][/quote]An intelligent person would say, that front-line doctors and nurses are doing a magnificent job in appalling circumstances (facing cuts and privatisation), and that they are not the issue here. That the issue here is one of a target set culture of management bullying that went to the very top. That's what somebody with a brain would say, but I much prefer irrational hatred over reason. And I bloody hate public sector workers, they're just a drain on my taxes. The sooner we're like America, the better, and if you can't afford the health care, you die. Thanks to this wonderful government full of old Etonians, I won't have long to wait for that to be the case. Mail Member 4 Colchester

6:45pm Sun 17 Nov 13

sassygirl76 says...

But some r not doing a good job that's my point and I have first hand experience of negligence.
But some r not doing a good job that's my point and I have first hand experience of negligence. sassygirl76

6:47pm Sun 17 Nov 13

sassygirl76 says...

Do u call overdosing someone intelligent then and a good job well done, and then telling ppls families they r dyeing when infact they had overdoes someone and put them into a state where they couldn't do anything etc.
Do u call overdosing someone intelligent then and a good job well done, and then telling ppls families they r dyeing when infact they had overdoes someone and put them into a state where they couldn't do anything etc. sassygirl76

1:35pm Mon 18 Nov 13

Misty4 says...

I was at Colchester Hospital the other day and it was like Piccadilly Circus in there! It doesn't take a degree in logic to work out that the more houses that are built in Colchester, the greater the numbers of people and the more pressure that is going to be put on the hospital!
I was at Colchester Hospital the other day and it was like Piccadilly Circus in there! It doesn't take a degree in logic to work out that the more houses that are built in Colchester, the greater the numbers of people and the more pressure that is going to be put on the hospital! Misty4

2:17pm Mon 18 Nov 13

mbr1955 says...

Misty4 wrote:
I was at Colchester Hospital the other day and it was like Piccadilly Circus in there! It doesn't take a degree in logic to work out that the more houses that are built in Colchester, the greater the numbers of people and the more pressure that is going to be put on the hospital!
Totally agree, I come from Clacton and have two perfectly good hospitals very close by, i.e. Clacton and Harwich that I would prefer to go to, a) for transport reasons and also because I am taking up valuable appointments etc which the good people of Colchester and close surrounding areas need. I know there are an awful lot of local people to me with the same thinking but why do I and others have to do this? Because, so I am told, the consultants do not like coming past Colchester Hospital.
[quote][p][bold]Misty4[/bold] wrote: I was at Colchester Hospital the other day and it was like Piccadilly Circus in there! It doesn't take a degree in logic to work out that the more houses that are built in Colchester, the greater the numbers of people and the more pressure that is going to be put on the hospital![/p][/quote]Totally agree, I come from Clacton and have two perfectly good hospitals very close by, i.e. Clacton and Harwich that I would prefer to go to, a) for transport reasons and also because I am taking up valuable appointments etc which the good people of Colchester and close surrounding areas need. I know there are an awful lot of local people to me with the same thinking but why do I and others have to do this? Because, so I am told, the consultants do not like coming past Colchester Hospital. mbr1955

8:20pm Mon 18 Nov 13

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

sassygirl76 wrote:
But some r not doing a good job that's my point and I have first hand experience of negligence.
I agree with you, well I would if it was possible to understand your meaning, but alas my seven year old niece has a better command of the English language. A sassy girl, or a sassy guy, would probably say that in all professions there are people who are neglectful, but those that go into a caring vocation will overwhelmingly be highly dedicated. But like you, I'm not one for reason, bloody NHS nurses, I hate them all, they should go into honourable professions, such as being politicians, or bankers. They're just a drain on my taxes. Privatise the NHS, and only have my taxes go on worthwhile things, like the renewal of Trident, MPs' expenses, tax breaks for the super rich, and Sir Freddy Godwin's pension.
[quote][p][bold]sassygirl76[/bold] wrote: But some r not doing a good job that's my point and I have first hand experience of negligence.[/p][/quote]I agree with you, well I would if it was possible to understand your meaning, but alas my seven year old niece has a better command of the English language. A sassy girl, or a sassy guy, would probably say that in all professions there are people who are neglectful, but those that go into a caring vocation will overwhelmingly be highly dedicated. But like you, I'm not one for reason, bloody NHS nurses, I hate them all, they should go into honourable professions, such as being politicians, or bankers. They're just a drain on my taxes. Privatise the NHS, and only have my taxes go on worthwhile things, like the renewal of Trident, MPs' expenses, tax breaks for the super rich, and Sir Freddy Godwin's pension. Mail Member 4 Colchester

11:15am Tue 19 Nov 13

JFFs brain says...

Good posts Mail Member 4 Colchester.
Good posts Mail Member 4 Colchester. JFFs brain

10:29am Wed 20 Nov 13

sassygirl76 says...

ok Colchester memb 4 u go in there and be treated like it then cos ur looking at things thro rose hinted glasses mate cos it certainly aint all roses in there wake up
ok Colchester memb 4 u go in there and be treated like it then cos ur looking at things thro rose hinted glasses mate cos it certainly aint all roses in there wake up sassygirl76

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