Posts Tagged ‘North Bristol NHS Trust’

“Threat” to Frenchay community hospital defeated

Posted on Monday 24th October 2011 at 8:54 am by SH (Editor)

Press release by the Conservative Group on SGC

The Conservatives

A vote forcing a local NHS U-turn on the new Frenchay community hospital has been narrowly defeated.

Labour councillors tabled a motion at last night’s South Gloucestershire Council meeting calling on the local North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) to overturn its decision to involve an independent provider, such as St Monica’s Trust, in the new Frenchay Community Hospital – similar to the previous Labour government’s Independent Sector Treatment Centre (ISTC) at nearby Emersons Green.

Before the meeting, NBT’s Projects Directorate had warned councillors that if this happened then the scheme’s timetable would be “compromised and we will not have the new facilities in place to coincide with opening of the new Hospital at Southmead … if we are not able to progress our proposed procurement strategy, the project is very much at risk.”

When it came to the vote, only the Conservatives voted as a whole group in favour of NBT’s plans, which was enough to defeat the motion.

Read on for reaction from Tory councillors after the vote »

Source: Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council

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Labour councillors putting hospital scheme at risk, claim Tories

Posted on Wednesday 19th October 2011 at 7:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Press release by the Conservative Group on SGC

The Conservatives

The new Frenchay Community Hospital is at risk because of Labour politicking, according to health campaigners.

The criticism of Labour councillors follows their decision to table a motion at tonight’s South Gloucestershire Council meeting calling on the local NHS to overturn its decision to involve an independent provider in the new Frenchay Community Hospital – similar to the previous Labour government’s Independent Sector Treatment Centre (ISTC) at nearby Emersons Green.

But – in advance of the meeting – the local North Bristol NHS Trust has warned councillors that if this happens then the scheme’s timetable will be “compromised and we will not have the new facilities in place to coincide with opening of the new Hospital at Southmead … if we are not able to progress our proposed procurement strategy, the project is very much at risk.”

Although contracts to downgrade Frenchay Hospital and stripping it of its acute services were signed by the previous Labour government shortly before the 2010 General Election, local Conservatives have been campaigning for the maximum possible health facilities to remain at Frenchay.

As a result, the range of services now envisaged for Frenchay is greater than that proposed in the original Bristol Health Services Plan drawn up by the previous Labour government in 2005 – and this has been acknowledged by the group overseeing the community hospital project.

New community hospital “at risk” claims Tory councillor »

Source: Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council

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Council to debate Frenchay “part-privatisation”

Posted on Thursday 13th October 2011 at 11:26 am by SH (Editor)

The Labour Party

Labour’s leader in South Gloucestershire will challenge the other political parties to join him in asking the local NHS to overturn a decision to hand nursing care at the new Frenchay community hospital over to the private sector. Bosses from the North Bristol NHS Trust told councillors last month that they do not see themselves as running the new community hospital when it opens in 2014, and that the running of the new hospital and the nursing staff would instead be provided by an external company.

Now Labour’s leader, Councillor Andy Perkins (Labour, Woodstock), has tabled a motion for debate when South Gloucestershire Council meets on Wednesday 19th October. The motion will call on the Council to lobby the Trust to rethink and overturn this decision. It also asks the district’s three MPs to add their pressure to retain an all-NHS facility at Frenchay.

Commenting on the move, Cllr Perkins said:

“Most local patients will be shocked to learn that the Frenchay community hospital will not be an all-NHS facility when it opens in 2014. This part-privatisation was never part of the original plans for redeveloping Frenchay. It is a worrying and unwelcome development which I fear is a sign of what the Tory-led government plans to do with our public services. Political dogma and the Tories’ love of the market must not be put before patient care and staff conditions.”

Emersons Green ISTC a different matter, says councillor »

Source: Labour Councillors on South Gloucestershire Council

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Conservatives welcome Frenchay hospital plans

Posted on Friday 23rd September 2011 at 4:12 pm by SH (Editor)

The Conservatives

Conservative campaigners have welcomed the local NHS’ plans for Frenchay Hospital and accused of accused Labour Councillors of “gross hypocrisy” over their opposition to plans for employing nursing staff provided through an external company.

It follows a recent meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee, where representatives from North Bristol NHS Trust presented the next stage of plans for a new community hospital on the existing Frenchay site.

Services to be provided include:

  • 68 community rehabilitation beds including GP access beds (plus support for an additional 47 patients cared for in the community);
  • Outpatient facilities for pain management, care of the elderly, respiratory medicine, gastroenterology, diabetes, orthopaedics, rheumatology, neurology and urology;
  • Diagnostic tests including bloods, x-ray, ultrasound and echocardiograms;
  • Therapy services such as occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, dietetics, podiatry and physiotherapy;
  • Complementary services such as the Head Injury Treatment Centre and the Disablement Services Centre;
  • Extra Care Housing, a nursing home and a site for a GP surgery.

Although contracts to downgrade Frenchay Hospital and stripping it of its acute services were signed by the previous Labour government shortly before the 2010 General Election, local Conservatives have been campaigning for the maximum possible health facilities to remain at Frenchay.

Read on: Conservative campaigners comment on Labour “hypocrisy” »

Source: Conservative Councillors on South Gloucestershire Council

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