East Sussex nurses told to turn off lights and dripping taps to save money

East Sussex nurses told to turn off lights and dripping taps to save money

East Sussex nurses told to turn off lights and dripping taps to save money

First published in News by , Health reporter

Switching off lights and computers at night and making sure taps aren't dripping are among tips being given to health staff to help save money.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is battling to save £10 million by the end of March to help keep it on financial track.

Managers have already taken steps to reducing spending, which have included closing a ward at Eastbourne District General Hospital and cutting back on using expensive agency staff.

However staff were also asked to come up with their own suggestions, no matter how small, that could help out.

 


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Other ideas put forward have included cutting down on printing, keeping doors and windows closed while the heating and not to put general rubbish in clinical waste bags.

Workers are also being asked to use alternative technologies while holding meetings, such as video conferencing, so people don't have to travel between the trust's various sites.

In a message to staff, chief executive Darren Grayson said: “Lots of you have suggested that we should cut down on printing and we have begun a trust wide project to help with this.

“Other themes include reviewing our management and staffing costs, minimising unnecessary energy and electricity usage and streamlining some of our processes.

“Every suggestion is being discussed at a weekly review meeting and will be followed up.

“Whilst work continues with the clinical units to identify and deliver efficiency savings to recover our financial position this year it is evident from the savings suggestions that there are lots of ways in which we can reduce costs and save energy.

“These are just some small things which we can all do that together can make a big impact.”

The trust, which runs Eastbourne District General Hospital and Conquest Hospital in St Leonards and provides community services across East Sussex, is aiming to end the financial year with a deficit of just over £19 million.

However it has not been able to save as much as it had planned, partly because of higher than expected costs of appointing temporary staff and patients spending longer in hospital than they need to.

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8:37am Sat 2 Nov 13

Mr Baxter , London says...

This is not news!
This is not news! Mr Baxter , London
  • Score: -2

8:54am Sat 2 Nov 13

hammerfan says...

You should not waste energy or water needlessly. A electrical appliance is live up the point the circuit is broken. So a computer is live up to the on/off switch. If left on overnight or at weekends it can overheat and cause fires.
You should always turn things off after use.
You should not waste energy or water needlessly. A electrical appliance is live up the point the circuit is broken. So a computer is live up to the on/off switch. If left on overnight or at weekends it can overheat and cause fires. You should always turn things off after use. hammerfan
  • Score: 5

9:27am Sat 2 Nov 13

Morpheus says...

They will soon be working like private business!
They will soon be working like private business! Morpheus
  • Score: 0

9:29am Sat 2 Nov 13

Sussex jim says...

If the NHS were serious about saving money they would reduce the huge salaries of doctors and consultants that refuse to work weekends.
If the NHS were serious about saving money they would reduce the huge salaries of doctors and consultants that refuse to work weekends. Sussex jim
  • Score: 0

10:09am Sat 2 Nov 13

From beer to uncertainty says...

Sussex jim wrote:
If the NHS were serious about saving money they would reduce the huge salaries of doctors and consultants that refuse to work weekends.
Don't believe the nonsense spouted by the Tories - they're just desperate to get as much public money into their private consortia as possible. The ignorance of people like yourself is helping them and their old boarding-school chums make billions out of yet another publicly owned asset.

You want surgeons back doing 70-80 hour weeks? Why don't you add a couple of days to your working week? Do you believe everything you read in the Daily Mail?

Have the Tory buffoons done anything about the cartels, market-rigging, tax avoiding, scumbags yet? Oh yes, Osborne is spending more public money to defend their bonuses.
[quote][p][bold]Sussex jim[/bold] wrote: If the NHS were serious about saving money they would reduce the huge salaries of doctors and consultants that refuse to work weekends.[/p][/quote]Don't believe the nonsense spouted by the Tories - they're just desperate to get as much public money into their private consortia as possible. The ignorance of people like yourself is helping them and their old boarding-school chums make billions out of yet another publicly owned asset. You want surgeons back doing 70-80 hour weeks? Why don't you add a couple of days to your working week? Do you believe everything you read in the Daily Mail? Have the Tory buffoons done anything about the cartels, market-rigging, tax avoiding, scumbags yet? Oh yes, Osborne is spending more public money to defend their bonuses. From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: 13

6:08pm Sat 2 Nov 13

getThisCoalitionOut says...

They need to reduce the enormous number of managers they have at these hospitals. They keep making new managers positions available which are given to friends of the current managers. This is the biggest waste of money in these hospitals. These managers don't even know how to do their jobs properly. Get rid of the lot of them and bring in more of the basic, much needed staff.

These hospitals are very badly run and Larry Grayson is well known by staff as being corrupt to the core. He is intent on selling off the NHS to private health care providers.
They need to reduce the enormous number of managers they have at these hospitals. They keep making new managers positions available which are given to friends of the current managers. This is the biggest waste of money in these hospitals. These managers don't even know how to do their jobs properly. Get rid of the lot of them and bring in more of the basic, much needed staff. These hospitals are very badly run and Larry Grayson is well known by staff as being corrupt to the core. He is intent on selling off the NHS to private health care providers. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -2

8:49pm Sat 2 Nov 13

Sussex jim says...

From beer to uncertainty wrote:
Sussex jim wrote:
If the NHS were serious about saving money they would reduce the huge salaries of doctors and consultants that refuse to work weekends.
Don't believe the nonsense spouted by the Tories - they're just desperate to get as much public money into their private consortia as possible. The ignorance of people like yourself is helping them and their old boarding-school chums make billions out of yet another publicly owned asset.

You want surgeons back doing 70-80 hour weeks? Why don't you add a couple of days to your working week? Do you believe everything you read in the Daily Mail?

Have the Tory buffoons done anything about the cartels, market-rigging, tax avoiding, scumbags yet? Oh yes, Osborne is spending more public money to defend their bonuses.
I am not suggesting longer hours, simply a shift system like many other services have to work in order to maintain essential cover.
I am quite prepared to work on a weekend if required. And I do not read the Daily Mail.
[quote][p][bold]From beer to uncertainty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sussex jim[/bold] wrote: If the NHS were serious about saving money they would reduce the huge salaries of doctors and consultants that refuse to work weekends.[/p][/quote]Don't believe the nonsense spouted by the Tories - they're just desperate to get as much public money into their private consortia as possible. The ignorance of people like yourself is helping them and their old boarding-school chums make billions out of yet another publicly owned asset. You want surgeons back doing 70-80 hour weeks? Why don't you add a couple of days to your working week? Do you believe everything you read in the Daily Mail? Have the Tory buffoons done anything about the cartels, market-rigging, tax avoiding, scumbags yet? Oh yes, Osborne is spending more public money to defend their bonuses.[/p][/quote]I am not suggesting longer hours, simply a shift system like many other services have to work in order to maintain essential cover. I am quite prepared to work on a weekend if required. And I do not read the Daily Mail. Sussex jim
  • Score: -1

9:09am Sun 3 Nov 13

From beer to uncertainty says...

Essential services over weekends do have that shift system.
The government won't support extending it and yet claims it should be extended...expect to see more 'lazy nurses and doctor stories' - it's the MO being employed as part of the ongoing privatisation.

Privatised specialties will have little or no cover - they'll simply dump patients onto A&E and ITU - much like what happens in botched private ops at the moment...just think of it on a bigger scale.
Essential services over weekends do have that shift system. The government won't support extending it and yet claims it should be extended...expect to see more 'lazy nurses and doctor stories' - it's the MO being employed as part of the ongoing privatisation. Privatised specialties will have little or no cover - they'll simply dump patients onto A&E and ITU - much like what happens in botched private ops at the moment...just think of it on a bigger scale. From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: 3

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