Mortality rates improve at Morecambe Bay trust but financial woes continue

THE University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust (UHMBT) is one of a rising number reporting ‘serious’ financial difficulties, according to a report published today.

The research group highlights health watchdog Monitor’s ‘concerns’ about UHMBT’s in its Dr Foster Hospital Guide 2012.

In July, the trust warned it would run up a £29.5 million deficit by the end of this financial year.

There was better news for the trust on patient deaths, with UHMBT's mortality rate improving on last year.

Trust medical director George Nasmyth said: “We are pleased that the mortality rate published by Dr Foster shows significant improvement compared to the previous year’s figures and the Trust is now within the 'expected range'.

The improvements identified in the data published by Dr Foster are consistent with our own internal monitoring, which have also shown significant improvement.

“This reflects the hard work undertaken by staff in improving the quality of care offered throughout the trust. However, there is no place for complacency, we must all continue to focus on quality and seek further improvements in outcomes for all the services we provide.”

“Dr Foster’s figures do show the trust performing well in some other areas such as the number of excess bed days – and that we are discharging patients to a more suitable environment in a timely fashion. On the other hand they also indicate that we need an additional focus on long lengths of stay for elective surgery and admissions where the procedure is not performed.

“We are studying the data behind these figures to ensure that any additional measures we can take to improve the experience of our patients is implemented.”

“Overall the published data are consistent with other indicators which show that the trust has hard-working and dedicated staff whose key objective is to improve the quality of care offered to our patients.”

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2:46pm Mon 3 Dec 12

WilliamT says...

In fact, money is being fed into UHMB by a type of slush fund arrangement which is generally referred to as something like 'planned financial mitigation measures'. This is to cover up the expense of all the 'management consultants' and the yet more 'senior nurses' who do a lot of managing, the cost of all the reports, the emergency buildings, the out patient fiasco and the enormous expense of putting on all those extra clinics (a goldmine for some staff). If this money comes direct from the DoH, this may work out OK, but if it has to be taken off other NW trusts, then there may be trouble ahead when they start demanding it back by getting financial experts in to expose all the funding tricks.
Then they may break up the trust like they about to break up the South London trust. My bet would be Lancaster linked to Blackpool in a move to put the high mortality hospitals together (like they did with the 'bad banks after the 2008 crash), with FGH and WGH into the Cumbria/ Northumbria MegaTrust.
In fact, money is being fed into UHMB by a type of slush fund arrangement which is generally referred to as something like 'planned financial mitigation measures'. This is to cover up the expense of all the 'management consultants' and the yet more 'senior nurses' who do a lot of managing, the cost of all the reports, the emergency buildings, the out patient fiasco and the enormous expense of putting on all those extra clinics (a goldmine for some staff). If this money comes direct from the DoH, this may work out OK, but if it has to be taken off other NW trusts, then there may be trouble ahead when they start demanding it back by getting financial experts in to expose all the funding tricks. Then they may break up the trust like they about to break up the South London trust. My bet would be Lancaster linked to Blackpool in a move to put the high mortality hospitals together (like they did with the 'bad banks after the 2008 crash), with FGH and WGH into the Cumbria/ Northumbria MegaTrust. WilliamT

10:05am Wed 5 Dec 12

Chris Custodiet says...

If they plan to spend an extra £29.5 million it should not be a difficult task to tell the taxpayer where this extra money is going. Since the Trust has governors appointed to represent the public interest perhaps the WG could ask the governors to release a statement detailing exactly what it is being spent on and who is getting it. Lets have some detail please.
If they plan to spend an extra £29.5 million it should not be a difficult task to tell the taxpayer where this extra money is going. Since the Trust has governors appointed to represent the public interest perhaps the WG could ask the governors to release a statement detailing exactly what it is being spent on and who is getting it. Lets have some detail please. Chris Custodiet

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