The Northern Health & Social Care Trust is the largest residential Trust in Northern Ireland, yet according to an Assembly question Edwin Poots has confirmed that no mid wife led maternity services are available to mothers who reside in the Northern Trust.
The College of Emergency Medicine today publishes a report entitled: Stretched to the Limit. This is based upon a survey of Emergency Medicine Consultants in the UK which had a 70% response rate (1077 respondents who work in Emergency Departments)
It shows that overall 62% regard the job they are doing running the Emergency Medicine service is unsustainable in its current form and 94% of respondents tell us that they regularly work in excess of their normal planned hours to help deliver the service. This has potentially serious repercussions for safe working by senior medical decision makers. This situation is also reducing the attractiveness of the specialty to new trainees and causing difficulties in retaining doctors and consultants who are leaving the UK in greater numbers as the report shows.
NEONATAL CARE IS CRUCIAL TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF BABIES BORN TOO SOON, TOO SMALL OR TOO SICK – POOTS
That will be the message from the Health Minister as he formally opens the 8th International Neonatal Nursing Conference today, at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast. http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/index/media-centre/news-departments/news-dhssps/news-dhssps-september-2013/news-dhssps-060913-neonatal-care-is.htm
Despite this being the message from the Health Minister there are already serious doubts cast on the provision of neo natal services in the Northern Health & Social Care Trust, as previously reported by Save The Mid
New Neonatal Unit Antrim is too small by RQIA standards - Fears are already sparked before the provision of a new neonatal unit at Antrim Hospital, The Northern Health & Social Care Trust board have passed a new neonatal care unit that will be too small in regards to RQIA standards.
Key Stats for Type 1 A&E performance between Aug 2012 / 2013 show that performance in 2013 was worse:
The total number of complaints received in the financial year, 1 April 2012 - 31 March 2013, was 638 compared with 635 received during the previous financial year (1 April 2011 - 31 March 2012).
Most complaints during 2012/13 were received by letter (36%) or on the Trust’s service user feedback form (36%). Another 25% were received by email. The remainder (3%) were received by telephone, in person or through Trust staff.
Belfast Health & Social Care Trust Spend Over £290 million Purchasing Private Health Care Between 2011/13
According to the accounts for the year 2012/13 there were
More worrying is that according to the same accounts the Northern Trust have set aside over £22 million in provisions for clinical negligence cases that are not resolved yet
A&E and Outpatient Performance Slips In Northern Ireland As Transforming Your Care Begins To Cut Services
Health Trusts Borrow Money From Health Board In Order To Make Savings. This money will have to be paid back on top of making the required savings as per Transforming Your Care and other saving policies
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