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THE HIDDEN TRUTH
So what are the ways a “Trust” can “make” money?
Well here’s one;
Ashford and St. Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust thinks it is pretty well run. Last year it made a surplus of £1 Million.
If you take a look at the Accident and Emergency department, it has 4 consultants. All the guidelines (that’s mine and the College of Emergency Medicine) say that you need at least 10 consultants to run an A and E properly.
The “surplus” would be eaten up if the A and E was properly staffed and that’s only the area where I discovered a problem. There will be other problem areas I haven’t found. That’s where you come in.
Another 6 consultants is the surplus gone, but the A and E wouldn’t be sending people home with broken ankles.
Yet if you look at the “Trusts” next door; Epsom and Slough, they are both “losing” money. I wonder what their A and E’s are like?
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