Further concerns over Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals Trust emerge

Deputy Leader of the council Wes Streeting with campaigner Andy Walker

Deputy Leader of the council Wes Streeting with campaigner Andy Walker

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Further concerns over the debt-ridden health trust serving Redbridge have been expressed, after it emerged that the number of children's beds at King George Hospital were reduced in 2010.

A petition, signed by 1,508 people and submitted to the council by campaigner Andy Walker, urged authority to write to the health secretary Jeremy Hunt to ask for extra funding and support for the beleagured Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals Trust (BHRUT)

BHRUT board meeting documents show the trust was forced to reduce the number of children's beds in the paediatric ward from 25 to 18 due to staff shortages.

It comes after it was revealed on Wednesday that the trust is in £38.9 million debt - the second highest liability of all London trusts - and in April a policy to not take children to A&E at King George was uncovered.

The trust is under pressure to raise its quality of care after a damning report by the Care Quality Commission found patient safety was being compromised. 

The Labour-led council refused to write to Jeremy Hunt, but did agree to refer the petition to the council's health scrutiny committee.

BHRUT has been conatcted for comment.

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10:23am Fri 20 Jun 14

Harry J says...

What does the hospital management have to say about this? I assume your reporter has asked them for a reaction?
What does the hospital management have to say about this? I assume your reporter has asked them for a reaction? Harry J
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11:53am Fri 20 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

This should be a belt and braces job.
This should be a belt and braces job. Villagecranberry
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4:56pm Fri 20 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

Needs to be turned around by NHS staff that have done this successfully elsewhere.

Then it needs to be funded properly. Hospital 'debt' is notional not real.
Needs to be turned around by NHS staff that have done this successfully elsewhere. Then it needs to be funded properly. Hospital 'debt' is notional not real. stickmanny
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