Saturday, 12 September 2009

Heatherwood Hospital Debt has Greatly Increased

A recently revelation that Heatherwood in Ascot (serving Bracknell, Crowthorne and Sandhurst) at one point had a debt of £20million.

This debt was revealed during this weeks healthcare scrutiny committee when it was explained that a surplus of £2million in April 2008 then become a debt of £20million by April 2009, but because of a number of cost improvement programmes this will now be reduced to £10million by April 2010. This sum of £10 million seems to me to be a huge number to find for Berkshire East Primary Care Trust that manages a budget of almost £500million.

The trust have claimed that there will be no reduction of services this year however staff at both Wexham Park and Heatherwood hospitals have received letters warning that their jobs are under threat (As reported here).

A source close to me also informed me that millions of pounds worth of invoicing was delayed and some invocing has been refused payment due to the invoicing being incorrect and late.

The trust now have a new Chief Executive Julie Burgess who is now tasked with reducing this debt. This debt makes you wonder how the hospital was managed. The NHS is famous for having a high level of administration and management layers, Perhaps some savings could be made here as management has some blame for this debt as well as IT replacement, temporary staff costs and changes in services and funding arrangements.

The people of Bracknell and surrounding areas have been worried for some time that Heatherwood could be closed one day and this kind of debt management just add to their anxiety.

Russ Bryant campaigner and resident of Bracknell has set up a group on social networking site Facebook called ‘Stop Erosion of Services at Heatherwood’. This can be joined here.

Bracknell Blog also reported on this here

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  1. I think its time to give up with this hospital. There are nhs cuts coming when the torys get in I don't believe them when they say there will be no nhs cuts. Watch this space it will close in the next few years its a shame but I can see it

  2. Dont give up, never give up. We still need good healthcare which is accessable for people in our area. As long as this hospital is there, then there is always a chance tat other services can be added in the future.

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  4. I have lived in Bracknell for over 40 years. The debate about Heatherwood goes on to the point that we are bloody fed up with it. No one in Bracknell wants to go to Wexham for distance and cultural reasons, dont like Reading Royal Berks because it is too big impersonal and parking is a nightmare, but are happy to go to Frimley because its a nice hospital and parking is easy. Perhaps we need more Frimley type hospitals and then can do without Heatherwood.

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