GMB Members East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Seek Assurances That Managers Who Failed Will Not Be Rewarded With Pay-Outs
Where change is required at the top to correct failures those responsible should be dismissed and not rewarded with pay offs says GMB.
GMB members East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust are calling for assurances that managers who resign will not receive golden handshakes or pay-offs. Members have made clear that they see such payments as rewards for dismal failures by those entrusted to manage the NHS Trust on our behalf. See notes to editors for copy of GMB press release dated 22 July 2015 welcoming the resignation of Darren Grayson, CEO of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.
Gary Palmer, GMB Organiser, said “Concerns that any further management who resign could receive golden handshakes, has resulted in GMB members calling for complete clarity around NHS money funding any potential pay-offs in rewarding such dismal failures by those entrusted to manage the NHS Trust on our behalf.
GMB members are also calling on East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust to confirm or deny increasingly strong rumours that the Trust, which includes both the Conquest and Eastbourne District General hospitals, are to be placed into special measures potentially as soon as September.
If the NHS Trust is to find themselves placed in special measures it would come six months after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) gave the Trust an inadequate rating as a result of serious failures in quality of care in a number of areas within its hospitals including safety and management, and could provide a possible indication as to why the Chief Exec Darren Grayson resigned in July of this year.
Just how much longer are the people of Eastbourne and Hastings and surrounding areas of East Sussex expected to suffer from Darren Grayson and his team’s mismanagement legacy? Eastbourne and Hastings hospitals have seen badly handled service redesigns and public consultations, nursing and other staffing shortages and NHS money frittered away on unnecessary private management consultancies. And what’s the only thing they have managed to achieve as a result…a CQC inadequate rating!
GMB members and staff are shocked and understandably angry that not only have the Trust management put patients and services at risk to a point that placing the Trust into special measures could be required to finally turn things around, but that those responsible for the troubles at the Trust, namely the senior management team including Stuart Welling, could potentially be recipients of substantial NHS pay offs if they choose to resign as a result.
We know it’s a new concept for senior management at the Trust but it’s time to just be open and honest. It will be the staff, patients and the people of East Sussex who are going to have to deal with the long term consequence around this fiasco, and change is required at the top, but the GMB are calling for those responsible to be dismissed and not rewarded for their failures with pay offs.”
Contact: Gary Palmer GMB Organiser 07552165950, Mark Turner GMB Branch Secretary 07860787973 or Charles Harrity, GMB Senior Organiser on 07977518042 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823
Notes to editors
Copy of GMB press release dated 22 July 2015
GMB WELCOME RESIGNATION OF DARREN GRAYSON, CEO OF EAST SUSSEX HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST
We have been calling for this for over a year because ultimately he was responsible for the damning CQC report and disastrous rushed changes to services at the Trust says GMB
GMB, the union for staff in the health service, issued a statement welcoming the resignation of Darren Grayson, CEO of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.
Gary Palmer, GMB Regional Officer, said “GMB welcome the resignation of Darren Grayson, CEO of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.
We have been calling for this for over a year because ultimately he was responsible for the damning CQC report and disastrous rushed changes to services at the Trust.
GMB raised numerous grievances on behalf of its members for those rushed changes and service changes – one of which involved admin and clerical staff. These resulted in protests outside Eastbourne District General Hospital and on another occasion joining with the public and other interested groups for a march through the Eastbourne town centre.
The Trust has stated that this year’s proposed financial savings cannot safely match the level of financial cuts imposed over the last financial year. GMB consider that this is an admission that those previous cuts were too severe and ultimately compromised the service which the GMB believe was one of the factors for the poor CQC reports.
The CEO did not listen to his own staff, public opinion or GMB. Instead he openly criticised and blamed those, including GMB, for challenging him and his management style. GMB consider the Trust Chairman, Stuart Welling should also stand down too”.