Jones has called on the University Hospital Birmingham not to go ahead with application
for foundation status.
response to the consultation by the University Hospital Trust on their bid for foundation
status, the MP has criticised the very worth of the consultation. Lynne Jones said
In their consultation they say foundation status will enable them to
involve and serve local people better because decisions will be made locally rather than
in Whitehall. Yet they are not putting the principle of becoming a foundation trust
to local people. That is a fait accompli that calls into question the Trusts
commitment to real accountability.
The MP points out that the Chair of the Trust, is reported in
the Health Services Journal as saying: I am in favour of foundation trusts
essentially to get certain people off our backs. Yes, let's have autonomy, lets have
accountability, but for goodness sake don't expect us to have a 5,000 strong membership.
That would be an absolute nightmare.....We have a huge private finance scheme and I want
him (referring to the Chief Executive) concentrating on that. I don't want him spending
all his time out recruiting members of the local co-op.
Community Health Council state their concern that the cost of servicing the membership of
a Foundation Trust will take resources away from patient care - the CHC have already
received a letter from the Trust revealing that the application and consultation costs
have amounted to £175,000. They also argue that improvements could be more
easily achieved by the Secretary of State reducing the number of centrally prescribed
targets and it is hard to see how this freedom for Foundation Trusts can be
exercised other than at the expense of other local NHS employers.
The latest NOP Poll finds that the public want money going to
all hospitals not just foundation trusts. The poll revealed that 84 per cent of
people wanted public money aimed at improving all NHS hospitals. Commenting on this,
Lynne Jones said People are more concerned about NHS capacity than about structures,
they dont want to see a postcode lottery, but a genuinely national service. We
do not want an NHS in competition with itself. There is no sense in re-createing the
failed Tory internal market. What we need is an end to repeated reorganisations, a
clear path of accountability and the maintenance of a collaborative structure with equal
status for all.
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For the full text of Lynne Jones response to the
University Hospital Trust consultation click on the link below.