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Issue

Why is Torbay Council Ignoring The Hospital's Annual Report?

This is what I've found out:

Council Statement:

"Due to the Local Elections and the timing of the publication of the Quality Account, Torbay Council's Overview and Scrutiny Board has not been able to consider Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust's Quality Account for 2018/2019."

This is what needs to happen:



Oh, that's OK then. Glad to know our officers and councillors are on top of it.

Hold Torbay Council to account!

      
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7-day Service Standards

Torbay Hospital:

Emergency admissions seen by a suitable consultant within 14 hours of admission: Standard not met.

High dependency patients seen twice daily and other patients once daily by a suitable consultant: Standard not met.

Maximum waiting time of 4 hours after arrival 86% (target 95%, dropping for the last 3 years).

Maximum time of 18 weeks from referral to treatment 82% (target 92%, dropping for the last 3 years).

Maximum 6 week wait for diagnostic procedure 8% (target <1%, dropping for the last 3 years).

Not the hospital's fault. They don't have the funding.

      
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Waiting Lists

Torbay Hospital:

"We currently have over 9,000 patients waiting past their planned-to-be seen date."

Not the hospital's fault. They don't have the funding.

      
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Privatisation Gone Mad!!!!!

The Department of Health makes LOANS to Torbay Hospital (£67.8million) to spend on improvements. As well as having to pay back the loans, the hospital has to pay interest of as much as 3.5%

Over £1 million a year is given to a private company to provide maintenance and catering at Dawlish; over £2.7 million at Newton Abbot. Profits that should stay in the NHS.

      
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Reliance on Charity

Torbay Hospital:

The money received from charitable donors has more than doubled in one year, up from £614,000 to £1,314,000.

It's not their fault. Central government is starving them.

      
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Almost not a going concern

According to Torbay Hospital's auditors: "There continues to be financial challenges in the NHS as demand outstrips funding available."

"We focused on this area in particular due to the deterioration in the Trust's financial position and the uncertainty over the Trust's ability to continue as a going concern. The Trust continues to experience increases in demand for services that are outstripping increases in funding and cost savings being achieved."

Not the hospital's fault. They don't have the funding.

      
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Deteriorating Performance

As recent as February 2019, the Care and Quality Commission made a surprise inspection. "There were several triggers for this visit: Devon was in the spotlight due to the county-wide deteriorating performance against meeting the 4-hour standard, and the Foundation Trust's performance had deteriorated."

Not their fault. They don't have the funding.

      
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Beds

In 2018/19, the number of "bed days lost" (that delayed care) was 5,847; despite the target being 'only' 4,548. It's rising year on year.

What is Torbay Hospital's response?: "We are not planning any further changes to the core number of general and acute beds in our 2019/20 operational plan".

They can't. They don't have the funding.

      
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Question: Why are Cancer treatment times getting worse?

Torbay Hospital: "Two-week wait for urgent referral and 62-day to-treatment standards were not met consistently during 2018/19."

The 62-day wait for first treatment, from urgent GP referral, for suspected cancer is 79% of people (the target is 85%). It's been dropping for last 3 years.

62 days?!!

It's not their fault. They don't have the funding.

Breast cancer waiting times have hit record highs under the Tories.

      
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Urgent Care

On the 4-hour Emergency Department standard: Torbay Hospital "struggled to achieve the planned trajectory of improvement during 2018/19."

In January 2019, the 4-hour position was 66.1% for the Emergency Department and 76.4% overall, against the national target of 95%.

Video: This is what the NHS crisis looks like.

      
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Out-sourcing and Agency Staff

To try to keep waiting lists lower than 52 weeks, Torbay Hospital, as a consequence of "infrastructure failures", has a reliance on agency medical staff in a number of areas; especially in Continuing Health Care and Adult Social Care.

"This is largely the result of a number of providers withdrawing from the market or experiencing difficulty in maintaining qualified staffing, both restricting the number of placements available."

It's called the consequence of under-funding and privatisation.

      
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Torbay Hospital Latest Annual Report

"Our plans ... set out an ambition to reduce the existing core workforce by 170 during 2019/20."

"The consequence is seen in an increased backlog in essential repairs and replacements across all areas of expenditure. The ability to invest in developmental capital necessary to further develop the Foundation Trust's care model has, similarly been curtailed."

"The capital risk facing the Foundation Trust is now so significant that it is no longer possible to contain capital spending within internally generated cash."

It's not their fault. They don't have the funding.

      
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