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'Never Events' Under Spotlight at Treliske

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10:43am 29th May 2014
(Updated 10:43am 29th May 2014)

Almost one in ten patients at the Royal Cornwall hospital was put at risk of harm last month.

The things like falls and ulcers are on top of two so-called "never events."

One is thought to involve the wrong tooth being taken out.

RCHT’s Nurse Executive and Deputy Chief Executive, Andrew MacCallum said:

“Patient safety is our top priority and we are clear that any never event is unacceptable.

“The Trust Development Authority’s role is to support the development of NHS Trusts and we welcome the invitation to their workshop.  Bringing organisations together to share experiences and learn from one and other is a valuable opportunity for us all improve patient safety and reduce the likelihood of serious incidents.”

Health bosses are meeting to discuss the figures and also to decide whether to move some staff to a private company.

Chris Dayus from UNISON says it includes porters, cleaners and security staff: "They are people who only earn just above the minimum wage at the moment. So clearly not only will that have an impact on the individuals themselves and their household budgets which we think will push a lot of people into poverty, but it will have effect on the economy of Cornwall.  

"Look after the staff that they've got, reward their loyalty by keeping the services in house, not putting the services out to the private sector where monies which should be going into patient care will get diverted into company dividends and shareholder profits."

Deputy Chief Executive at the RCHT, Andrew MaCallum, told Pirate FM: "We want to improve the quality for patients in the hospital and we want to make a significant change to that quality in our hospital to the best value. The Trust board felt the best way to do that was to go out to the market and to see if other people apart from our own hospital could supply that service better.

"The whole process is about securing best value and also a step change in quality and we've looked to companies to work fully within in the law in terms of employment in the future."

He added he could understand why staff were worried:" That's why it's important that the Trust Board comes to a conclusive decision and makes a decision that moves forward so we can be very clear with our staff and with the hospital in general about the future direction."

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10:43am 29th May 2014

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