Audit Commission highlight East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust in report over its spending

Concern over whether NHS trust is providing value for money

Concern over whether NHS trust is providing value for money

First published in News

A WATCHDOG is concerned about whether an NHS trust is providing value for money.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust was one of ten trusts in the country given an “adverse conclusion” in the Audit Commission’s annual report.

However its accounts were found to be true and fair.

An adverse conclusion is given when the auditor is not satisfied the body made proper arrangements to secure economy and efficiency.

The report covers the quality of accounts and action to secure value for money.

The trust, which runs the Conquest Hospital in Hastings and the Eastbourne DGH, ended the financial year with a £23.1m deficit.

Trust finance director Vanessa Harris said: “The deficit which was planned, and was despite the trust having achieved savings of £17.5m – equivalent to 5% of our income – while maintaining good services to patients and achieving Government performance standards for most of the year.

“What this shows is that although the trust has made substantial progress in becoming more efficient and effective, the East Sussex health economy, like the NHS as a whole, has a huge financial challenge to ensure it can meet the needs of the local population in the future.”

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12:51am Sun 27 Jul 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Vanessa Harris says the DGH has been maintaining good services to patients - what lies you tell, you disgrace to your profession. You're obviously part of the over spending problem with your enormous salary which is totally undeserved.

You close the DGH's paediatric ward and day surgery and maternity and you think this is providing a good service to people - no it is not.

A baby died not so long ago because the mother had to be taken to the nearest hospital for an emergency cesarean in Hastings - instead of it being done, as it used to be, in the DGH - so you have blood on your hands and the Trust is now being sued.

You are putting people to enormous amounts of trouble in their having to travel much further to get the help they need and that is bad.

You are not providing a service and should be sacked - if I could, I wouldn't hestitate in sacking you. People like you disgust me.
Vanessa Harris says the DGH has been maintaining good services to patients - what lies you tell, you disgrace to your profession. You're obviously part of the over spending problem with your enormous salary which is totally undeserved. You close the DGH's paediatric ward and day surgery and maternity and you think this is providing a good service to people - no it is not. A baby died not so long ago because the mother had to be taken to the nearest hospital for an emergency cesarean in Hastings - instead of it being done, as it used to be, in the DGH - so you have blood on your hands and the Trust is now being sued. You are putting people to enormous amounts of trouble in their having to travel much further to get the help they need and that is bad. You are not providing a service and should be sacked - if I could, I wouldn't hestitate in sacking you. People like you disgust me. getThisCoalitionOut
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1:22pm Mon 28 Jul 14

andrewedmondson says...

They could save £130 000 pa by getting rid of paid chaplains. I would feel much happier if this money was spent on 5 nurses.

Spiritual care is a luxury most people can do without. And it discriminates against the non-religious too.
They could save £130 000 pa by getting rid of paid chaplains. I would feel much happier if this money was spent on 5 nurses. Spiritual care is a luxury most people can do without. And it discriminates against the non-religious too. andrewedmondson
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