Basildon mayor gives hospital support

Mayor Mo Larkin and Hospital chief Clare Panniker

Mayor Mo Larkin and Hospital chief Clare Panniker

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THE mayor of Basildon has pledged her support to the under-fire Basildon Hospital saying the right people are in place to turn its fortunes around.

Mo Larkin visited the hospital on Thursday afternoon to speak with Chief Executive Clare Panniker after it was announced that the hospital was under inspection by the government because of its high death rates.

She said the hospital should not be judged until a report has been released and it is under a lot of pressure since departments at nearby Orsett Hospital, including the maternity and A&E units, were shut.

Mrs Larkin said: “The meeting with Clare went very well indeed and I was very impressed with her vision for the hospital. She has only been there since September and these problems cannot be changed overnight. Rest assured she has got her finger on the pulse.”

She continued: “The hospital has my full support and I know the right steps are being taken to address the concerns that have been flagged up.”

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2:30pm Sun 17 Feb 13

Cosmo Spring says...

she was sizing up the site to see how many houses they could build on it, probably
she was sizing up the site to see how many houses they could build on it, probably Cosmo Spring
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3:21pm Sun 17 Feb 13

TheWizzard says...

Cosmo Spring wrote:
she was sizing up the site to see how many houses they could build on it, probably
I think one of her councillor buddies is on the board
[quote][p][bold]Cosmo Spring[/bold] wrote: she was sizing up the site to see how many houses they could build on it, probably[/p][/quote]I think one of her councillor buddies is on the board TheWizzard
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3:25pm Sun 17 Feb 13

2shedsjackson says...

Will the mayorn resign her post if the report comes out against the senior managers of the hospital?
Will the mayorn resign her post if the report comes out against the senior managers of the hospital? 2shedsjackson
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3:57pm Sun 17 Feb 13

Druggie Scumbag says...

Mrs Larkin said: “The meeting with Clare went very well indeed ........... Rest assured she has got her finger on the pulse.”
Maybe they could reduce the death rate if they had more equipment and qualified staff to monitor patients.
A thorough clean out with major investment such as a fraction of what was spent on the Olympics might help too.
Mrs Larkin said: “The meeting with Clare went very well indeed ........... Rest assured she has got her finger on the pulse.” Maybe they could reduce the death rate if they had more equipment and qualified staff to monitor patients. A thorough clean out with major investment such as a fraction of what was spent on the Olympics might help too. Druggie Scumbag
  • Score: 2

4:33pm Sun 17 Feb 13

Audioman says...

Is she STILL Mayorabout time she gave it to someone younger.
Is she STILL Mayorabout time she gave it to someone younger. Audioman
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4:55pm Sun 17 Feb 13

Devils Advocate says...

The right people were in place before the Tories gave it a "Shake up" to see if there was any loose change going. They took away the system that gave us all the best standard of health in the world, moved in the "Business men" to replace medically qualified people, separated the ward cleaning from the nursing staff into the private contractors zone and began their cost cutting exercises. All it needs is putting back as it was and it will be a place you can go to get repaired, not a place you dread going because you will die! Mo Larkin knows that is the truth, she knows about CDiff and the other killers. It's high time we saw Matrons firmly in charge of Wards, looking at the state of the visitors clothing when they visit would be a good start. When I was in Basildon, a gentleman strolled past my bed on his way to intensive care, in building site clothes with boots still covered in thick wet clay. Can you imagine the Matron or the ward sister's reaction to that back in the early sixties? It really doesn't need figuring out does it?
The right people were in place before the Tories gave it a "Shake up" to see if there was any loose change going. They took away the system that gave us all the best standard of health in the world, moved in the "Business men" to replace medically qualified people, separated the ward cleaning from the nursing staff into the private contractors zone and began their cost cutting exercises. All it needs is putting back as it was and it will be a place you can go to get repaired, not a place you dread going because you will die! Mo Larkin knows that is the truth, she knows about CDiff and the other killers. It's high time we saw Matrons firmly in charge of Wards, looking at the state of the visitors clothing when they visit would be a good start. When I was in Basildon, a gentleman strolled past my bed on his way to intensive care, in building site clothes with boots still covered in thick wet clay. Can you imagine the Matron or the ward sister's reaction to that back in the early sixties? It really doesn't need figuring out does it? Devils Advocate
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