Oxfordshire County Council vote ‘No confidence’ in Oxford Health

first_imgHardisty also admitted that the unit had only managed tostay open due to the “extraordinary efforts” of staff members, informing thecommittee that some employees would work consecutive night and day shifts tocover staffing shortages. Oxford Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said: “The fact thatover 800 EU nationals have left our health service since Brexit is deeplysaddening.” According to Oxford Health, the HOSC received testimony from“chief operating officer Dominic Hardisty, clinical director Pete McGrane andjoint service director of Oxfordshire community services Tehmeena Ajmal, whoresponded to a volley of questioning”. County Councillor Lis Brighouse said she “would not accept”Hardisty’s response: “many of the residents in my ward work on the Churchillsite. He went on to say: “In light of the events that havetranspired in the past and in particular, some of the decision-making, thecommittee doesn’t have confidence that there’s a proper understanding of theagreed working principles from Oxford Health.” Half of all nursing posts had been unfilled since 206, withtwo thirds of posts due to be vacant by the end of the May. “The committee acknowledged the Trust’s grounds for thetemporary closure.” “They’re working back to back shifts in a system we know hasmassive problems. It’s a mess. “I can’t accept that they would vote with theirfeet.” The possibility of the unit closing had been on the tablesince the previous summer, but was not declared to Oxford health until afterthe final decision was taken on the 8th May. Oxford hospitals are also experiencing an “exodus” of EUworkers since the 2016 referendum. 800 EU staff have left Oxford Health NHSFoundation Trust, over double those that left in the five years preceding 2016. “I’ve not met one health professional who would vote withtheir feet. COO Dominic Hardisty told the committee that communicationsurrounding the issues was not of the standard it “could or should” have been,but cited a fear that staff would leave if the decision was announced, claimingemployees may “vote with their feet”. Councillor Hilary Hibbert Biles also told Cherwell the committee that the “lack of communication shows a lack of respect”. The Chairman of HOSC, Arash Fatemain, described the issue as“managed rather than addressed” by Oxford Health. Oxfordshire County Council have passed a vote of noconfidence in the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. As previously reported by Cherwell, the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust temporarily closed its 12 bed City Community Hospital at the end of last month, due to staff shortages. In response to this, Oxfordshire County Council convened ameeting of the Overview Scrutiny Committee, confirming the motion of noconfidence on the same day that patients were discharged from City CommunityHospital. Meeting on Friday 31st May, the Oxfordshire Joint Health Overview Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) discussed the recent closure of Oxford City Community Hospital, before holding an amended vote of no confidence in the Trust’s use of communicative procedure. The decision follows a failure of communication about theclosure of a local Community hospital. last_img

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