Hos­pi­tal get­ting the ba­sics wrong

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

PEO­PLE in South Bucks should be con­cerned about what is go­ing on in their name at Wex­ham Park Hos­pi­tal.

I had hoped the takeover by Frim­ley Health would end Wex­ham Park’s cul­ture that had char­ac­terised the trust’s lat­ter years, which had be­come a lo­cal em­bar­rass­ment and a na­tional scan­dal.

In par­tic­u­lar, the lat­est cir­cu­lar, call­ing for can­di­dates for gover­nors’ elec­tions, con­tains the wrong dead­line for nom­i­na­tions – Novem­ber 3 is var­i­ously de­scribed as a Mon­day and a Fri­day. Which one is it?

Now the de­tails should be re-sent again with the cor­rect date, at sig­nif­i­cant ex­pense to the pub­lic purse.

Why was this doc­u­ment not proof-read by some­one in charge of com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the new trust? This is ba­sic stuff.

It’s as bad as a sur­geon not wash­ing his hands be­fore surgery. Or check­ing that he was go­ing to am­pu­tate the cor­rect limb.

The NHS can­not claim that this is a one–off.

I my­self dis­cov­ered the hard way at a Wex­ham Park gover­nors’ meet­ing that the hos­pi­tal had wrongly claimed that it was still pro­vid­ing men­tal health care, some five or six months after the ser­vices had closed.

Of course, no one was ever taken to task for that. There was a sim­i­lar is­sue over the Wex­ham trust break­ing the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act.

I also found a num­ber of other ba­sic er­rors which oc­curred be­fore I be­came a gov­er­nor, which showed Wex­ham Park’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions func­tion was far­ci­cal.

It would be laugh­able if it were not so se­ri­ous.

Th­ese are not in­signif­i­cant mat­ters.

They go to the very root of demo­cratic ac­count­abil­ity, for how can cit­i­zens ex­er­cise their right, nay, duty to par­tic­i­pate, if pub­lic ser­vants are al­lowed to de­ceive their masters with im­punity?

TIM ARNOLD Bur­roway Road


In­ci­den­tally, I have just spent a week in a vil­lage in York­shire where there is a sign in the car park: ‘There is no charge for park­ing here but money placed in the hon­esty box will go to­wards the up­keep of the vil­lage.’


Seer Green

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