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West Herts Hospitals Trust Board meeting 3rd September 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joan Davis   
Monday, 07 September 2015 12:26
Our representative reported that:

Chief Executive:  The Trust still has an acting Chief Executive, Ms Jac Kelly OBE as no suitable candidate for the vacant post has yet been identified.  Ms Kelly has agreed to stay on in post until the end of the financial year, which is effectively the end of March 2016.

Chairman:  Interviews for replacement of Mr Mahdi Hassan, the Trust Board's Chairman, will take place later in September.  Mr Mahdi leaves the Board in October as he is relocating to Scotland.

Finance:  The Trust's projected year-end overspend for 2015/16 is £32 million. 

Agency staff spending:  Agency spending now has a Monitor imposed ceiling of 12% of the total nursing staff spend  - this in the face of last year's spend of 23% on agency staff  and 19% so far this year, with the winter months still ahead. The letter from Monitor states that shortages of qualified nursing staff have been compounded by 
the movement towards seven-day hospital access for patients / GP services increasing demand for nurses / the rate of nurses leaving the profession rising by 29% over the past two years / limits to the supply of nurses from UK training schools and other sources.

Care Quality Commission's Inspection Report: 
The report on the April inspection is expected around 15th September and appears to be awaited with some trepidation. 

Nurse staffing:  As always, the Trust is suffering from a shortage of permanent full-time nursing staff.  Overseas recruits are not yet in post.  Also  Several long-serving  (more than five years) non EU staff will not have their permission to remain approved  owing to the current drive to reduce immigration figures. 

Withdrawal of bus service between the Trust's sites:  The bus service connecting Watford Hospital, St Albans Hospital and Hemel Hempstead Hospital is to be discontinued in October as it is used by only 1% of the staff and costs £170,000 per annum.

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