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SALFORD ROYAL HOSPITAL WARD CLOSURE
 

Star date: 22nd April 2010 

A Salford Star Exclusive

NO HOPE FOR WOMEN'S WARD

"This is a kick in the teeth for Salford women"

A vital women's gynaecology, early pregnancy and breast cancer ward at the Royal Salford Hospital (formerly Hope) is to be shut. A hospital insider told the Salford Star that staff were informed yesterday that the women only Eric Rawlings Ward would close in July, with the specialist team of nurses disbanded and services spread around other wards in the hospital.

The move comes as part of plans for £16million cuts to the hospital's budget and staff losses of 250 a year until 2013. A `Keep Our NHS Public' demonstration is to be held this Saturday outside Salford Royal Hospital

Full story here…


The Eric Rawlings Ward at Salford Royal Hospital looks after the city's women who have problems in early pregnancy, or with fibroids, post-menopausal bleeding, ovarian tumours; breast cancer and infertility problems. It is a specialist service with a specialist team of nurses, and one of the flagship wards at the top rated Salford Royal Hospital.

Now that service is being disbanded, and patients will be re-distributed around other wards in the hospital, many possibly ending up in mixed wards.

"This is totally against everything that's been built up and the improvements that have been made over the last 10 years" a hospital insider told us "Why wreck something that's working? This is all about money, not about improving services."

These revelations come in the midst of leaks from the hospital showing plans to chop 10% from primary, community, acute and mental health sectors by 2013, and 15% cuts in acute and in-patient mental health care by 2013, including 750 jobs. 

Meanwhile, the Salford Star has recently revealed that non executive directors at the Salford Royal Hospital Trust have been awarded a 2.25% pay increase, taking their pay to beyond £13,000 a year for attending board meetings. Hazel Blears' husband, Micheal Halsall, will earn around £78,000 for his time as a non executive director of the Trust.

 "The closure of the Eric Rawlings Ward is sure to be linked with the closure of the whole maternity unit at Salford Royal" said the hospital insider "This is a kick in the teeth for Salford women."

A spokesperson for Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust said:

"There are no formal recommendations or decisions about any changes to the Eric Rawlings ward; it continues to operate and provide high quality care to patients as normal. If we were to make any future changes to the Eric Rawlings ward, we would do this through working closely with staff to ensure that we capture their ideas and continue to deliver the highest standards to our patients."

* A `Keep Our NHS Public' demonstration, against job losses, cuts and privatisation in the NHS is planned for this Saturday at 2pm outside Salford Royal Hospital.

* See previous Salford Star article on NHS Trust non exec directors' payments here

* See previous article on Salford Royal Hospital Trust costs and non exec directors' payments here

 

ant wrote
at 12:32:00 AM on Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I agree with Mary. My wife has spent time on this ward also and found the staff and standard of care excellent. To sneak such a decision in with little chance or time for patient or public consultation smacks of dirty tricks. I wonder if Hazels husband was involved as non exec director in this decision. If so she has publically defended cuts at Salford Royal.What e team! I would like to know why Mike Halsall has not declared an interest in his role as non exec. He is married to an MP and actively campaigns on her behalf, in fact he knocked on my door the other night. If he and she really cared he would perform his one meeting a month committment at £1,000 a pop for free like the 100s of dedicated WRVS volunteers and fundraisers.Shame on this greedy grasping pair!
 
Mary Ferrer wrote
at 8:15:10 AM on Sunday, April 25, 2010
We are going back to the dark ages. This ward is fantastic, the staff are so kind and caring.I have had first hand experience of the care given.This is a specialised service for the women of Salford. So we are letting the residents down again,we are going to shut the maternity unit and now we are placing women who need specialised care in what ever ward has a bed and could end up in mixed wards. Is this what we call progress. The people who have made this decision should hand their heads in shame. If there is going to be protests and petitions please let me know.
 
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