The Northern Health & Social Care Trust has been a trust under fire since its inception in 2007, when formed it went against a risk assessment carried out in 2006 by Deloitte Touché And closed down the maternity Service in the Mid Ulster hospital without expanding services at both the Antrim Area and Coleraine Causeway sites. At the same time it limited the opening hours at the Mid Ulster and Whiteabbey A&E’s again without expanding the same two hospitals.
Later the Trust lied to the Public under the Comprehensive Spending Review in 2009, a letter leaked to Save The Mid addressed to Dr Peter Flanagan proved that the information given to the public was false yet this review was used to
remove A&E serves all together. When challenged in court the Northern Trust reverted to a document Developing Better Services in 2001, their fight was not one based on patient safety it was based on an Equality Impact Assessment carried out
in 2001 to make sure the Mid Ulster Hospital stayed non-acute.
While these decisions have cost lives, the people who make these decisions have sat very comfortably in their highly paid
and powered position. The management of the Northern Health & Social Care Trust coupled with management within the
Health & Social Care Board have been tasked through transforming your care to bring balance to the health system. This
balance is only in terms of money not in patient safety, why and how the current Health Minister Edwin Poot’s expects those
who broke the health system in terms of safety and money to fix it is beyond all reasonable clinical thinking.
Salary of 10 executive NHSCT Board members cost the tax payer £875,000.
The same 10 board members have a combined CETV pension value of £6.6 million, the real increase of £704,000 is paid by the employer, ie tax payers.
NHSCT have paid out £5 million in clinical negligence over the past two years, a 86.55% increase in payouts between 2010/11 and 2011/12.
Trust Management costs have also risen despite the Review of Public Administration.
Over the past 2 years over £220 million has been spent purchasing care from non Health & Social Care board / private bodies as the Northern trust have removed so many services that it does not have the capacity to deal with patients internally.
£7.46 million has been spent on retirement packages for staff who are no longer within the Trust. This is mostly due to the removal of services within the Trust.
Not only are the trust failing to deliver on services, their internal governance of finance has seen millions of pounds of tax payers money spent on paying for the mistakes made by the NHSCT board member's.