Princess Alexandra Hospital boss says it is not “fit for purpose” but staff are the best

Politics / Thu 9th Feb 2017 at 09:05pm

THE outgoing boss of Princess Alexandra Hospital has made a “no holds barred” presentation to Essex County Council where he has stated that the hospital is no longer “fit for purpose.”

Chief Executive Phil Morley was, along with Chief Nurse Prof Nancy Fontaine, making a presentation to the Health Committee in Chelmsford.

Mr Morley reminded the committee that he was about to step down and described it as “the price you pay for a hospital going into special measures”

Prof Nancy Fontaine’s observations and comments were more conciliatory, but Mr Morley was more direct.

He said that the state of the PAH “broke his heart”. He had “fallen in love” with the place.

However, he was clear that it was not “fit for purpose”.

He also pointed out that the PAH had only been given £300k to get out of speech measures and “The government took £3 million off us last year”.

Mr Morley said: “Staff have given up complaining about the raw sewage coming through the floors and the water dripping through the roof in operating theatres.

“They have got to the stage where no-one cares about these things and just gets on with it.”

Among the problems were:

1. Raw sewage coming through the floor and water dripping through the roof of operating theatres

2. 1.2 beds per 1,000 population. National average is 2.4

3, We see a 110,000 patients in a system built for 60,000.

4. We have a 20% vacancy rate for nurses. Struggle to get an average of one registered nurse per ward.

5. There are 3,000 care home places but only 1,000 Essex patients are in them.

6, 1 in 3 of our patients are in the last year of life

7. If you are over 85 and admitted unnecessarily, you will be dead within six months

8, PAH has 30,000 outpatients a week

The full recording can be found here.


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