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NHS Axe Man For Brighton

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

GMB warns public over appointment of "Axe Man" as new chief executive at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Kershaw is the Trust Special Administrator at South London Healthcare recommending cuts such as downgrading hospitals, the closure of accident and emergency departments and maternity units says GMB.

GMB, the union for NHS workers, responded to the appointment by Brighton & Sussex University Hospital’s NHS Trust of Mathew Kershaw to be their New Chief Executive.

Kershaw, who currently holds the post of Trust Special Administrator at South London NHS Healthcare Trust, has a history of seeking to implement sweeping cuts and has recently (8th January) published a report to the Secretary of State which has recommended the closure of accident and emergency departments, the loss of a consultant led maternity unit, cuts to jobs, the privatisation of services and the sell off of NHS assets and premises. See notes to editors for pdf with the report

Rob Macey, GMB Senior Organiser, said “The appointment of “axe man” Mathew Kershaw as Chief Executive is bad news for Brighton and bad news for patients who depend on NHS services.

Kershaw is currently the Trust Special Administrator at South London Healthcare and has produced a report to the Government which recommends sweeping cuts such as the closure of accident and emergency departments, the loss of consultant led maternity units, the loss of jobs, the privatisation of NHS services and the sell off of NHS assets and premises.

As such GMB is warning the public that Kershaw will undoubtedly attempt to bring the Government’s cuts agenda to Brighton and that the public, patients and staff alike will need to stand together to defend our local NHS”

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Contact: Rob Macey, GMB Senior Organiser on 07710 618 908. GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 07974 251 823

Notes to editors.

See GMB website http://www.gmb.org.uk/ for pdf the recent report from Mathew Kershaw to the Secretary of State for Health which recommended sweeping cuts at South London NHS Healthcare Trust.

Copy of notice issued.

Final report by Trust Special Administrator at South London Healthcare NHS Trust published

8 January, 2013

In accordance with his statutory duty, the Secretary of State for Health has today published the final report of the Trust Special Administrator appointed to South London Healthcare NHS Trust.

The report, entitled ‘Securing sustainable NHS services: the Trust Special Administrator’s report on South London Healthcare NHS Trust and the NHS in south east London‘, was presented to the Secretary of State on 7 January. It makes recommendations in relation to the South London Healthcare NHS Trust to secure sustainable provision of health services to those patients served by the trust and in the south east London health economy. (Appendices to the report can be downloaded below.)

The Trust Special Administrator was appointed last July by the Secretary of State under the Regime for Unsustainable NHS Providers, provisions for which are set out in legislation. It is the first time the regime has been used since it was introduced in 2009.

The problems South London Healthcare NHS Trust faces are complex and long standing. The administrator was appointed to develop recommendations under a time-limited framework for addressing the trust’s significant financial problems and ensuring high-quality care for the people of south east London in the long term. The administrator published his draft recommendations on 29 October andconsulted locally on them from 2 November to 13 December.

The Secretary of State will now consider the final recommendations made to him and make his decision by early February that can secure sustainable services for the people of south east London.

Read Securing sustainable NHS services: the Trust Special Administrator’s report on South London Healthcare NHS Trust and the NHS in south east London(volume 1 PDF 1.7Mb)

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