Medical staff back bid for FT status

PUBLISHED: 11:07 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 26 October 2009

MEDICAL staff are backing hospital bosses bid for a patient-led NHS Trust. John Saetta, an A&E consultant, said: It s about trying to improve the quality of care for patients. As doctors and nurses that s at the centre of our being. That s why we have c

MEDICAL staff are backing hospital bosses' bid for a patient-led NHS Trust.

John Saetta, an A&E consultant, said: "It's about trying to improve the quality of care for patients. As doctors and nurses that's at the centre of our being. That's why we have come into the profession.

"Foundation Trust status is a means to that end."

As an FT, the trust must make a financial surplus every year and, instead of the money being ploughed back into the NHS nationally, it will be put back into the trust and used at a local level.

Mr Saetta said: "Unless we have the funding, we can't produce good quality care.

"Foundation Trust status means we can develop a good business case to give to our managers and we don't have to go to the Government."

Asked where additional funding could be spent within A&E, Mr Saetta said: "Currently we rely heavily on others to provide ultrasound scans. We could do that within our own speciality and we wouldn't have to go to radiology. Patients wouldn't have to wait days - they could have it there and then.

"It's up to us to be involved as to how we develop our services. Foundation Trust status empowers us."

Kath Evans, lead nurse and matron of children's services across the trust, said: "Foundation Trust status is about a higher level of engagement and about more families getting involved in a more formal way.

"We have got a lot of experts out in the community who want to get engaged but they don't know how to do this best. This gives them a formal opportunity."

Asked where additional funding could be spent within children's services, she said: "We've a large number of children in Hertfordshire with epilepsy. What we don't have are specialist nurses for this, or for children with attention deficit disorder.

"Also, palliative care. It would be lovely if we could provide that in the evenings.

"It's about meeting the needs of the community."

Mr Saetta said: "There is a need for improved clinical care locally and Foundation Trust status gives us the tools to do that.


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