'Bedrooms empty and state-of-the-art rooms used for storage', claim Bury Hospice nurses

'Bedrooms empty and state-of-the-art rooms used for storage', claim Bury Hospice nurses

Bury Hospice

Inside the new state-of-the-art Bury Hospice

Inside the new state-of-the-art Bury Hospice

Inside the new state-of-the-art Bury Hospice

Inside the new state-of-the-art Bury Hospice

Inside the new state-of-the-art Bury Hospice

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BEDROOMS are are lying empty and state-of-the-art clinic rooms are being used for storage at Bury’s new £5 million hospice, nurses have claimed.

Of the 12 bedrooms in the hospice, just five or six are regularly open to patients, whistleblowers say, leaving the building “like a mausoleum” at weekends.

Bury Hospice’s day services facility has also never fully opened, and is currently manned by three part-time staff, the two nurses told the Bury Times.

The hospice has refuted claims that the number of patients has not increased since the move from the old building in March, 2013.

A spokesman said 134 more patients had been treated since the move, compared to the same period at Dumers Lane.

One nurse, who told the Bury Times she feared she would lose her job if she identified herself, said: “In the past 12 months our patient admissions have been no higher.

“We have GPs saying they are getting knocked back when they try to refer patients. There are empty beds, but a waiting list.”

Six in-patient nurses and one of the five hospice-at-home nurses have already left in the past several months with many more apparently seeking new employment, the whistleblowers claim.

Six staff have been made redundant in the past 12 months, workers say, yet more paid administrative and clerical staff have been hired.

The nurse added: “It is absolutely awful. In a long career I can honestly say I have never worked anywhere where the atmosphere has been so bad.

“Morale was never good, but now it has hit rock bottom.

“Staff are so thin on the ground, you walk in at the weekend and the hospice is like a mausoleum with just three or four nurses working.”

Nurses are currently consulting with UNISON and the Royal College of Nursing over plans to cut their pay for night shifts, weekends and bank holidays.

The plans, announced by hospice bosses last month, mean from September, nurses on these shifts will be paid the same rate as those working days, losing them hundreds of pounds a month.

Bank staff, who cover on a shift-by-shift basis, are also facing a pay reduction to band five, a newly-qualified level, which equates to a loss of about £5 an hour.

When the £5.05 million centre opened in Rochdale Old Road in March last year it was praised for its 12 in-patient bedrooms and extra clinic spaces.

The recent funding crisis could be due to the departure of the head of fundraising about five months ago, as there have been fewer applications for grants made since then, staff say.

A spokesman for the hospice said: “The trustees and senior management team have had to make some difficult decisions in light of the significant funding shortfall which the hospice is currently experiencing and, as a result, there will be some members of staff who are unhappy.

“As a result of the funding shortfall, the hospice is currently unable to function at full capacity and there have been cutbacks compared to when we first opened.

“We will continue to review the situation as the future funding becomes clearer.

“Enhanced payment to nursing staff for working nights, weekends and Bank Holidays will be removed from September 1 in an effort to get costs in line with current funding levels. We are not the only hospice which is unable to pay such enhancements.

“To date, there have been no clinical redundancies. Like all organisations, when staff leave we review the need to replace the post based on need and the financial situation at the time.

“Our fundraising comes from a range of sources such as The Bury Clinical Commissioning Group, legacies, donations, grants and events all of which are constrained by the current economic climate. We continue to pursue every appropriate opportunity to raise funds.”

The nurse added: “Community fundraising is great and the public works hard for us, but that is not the main source of income for any hospice.

“Someone needs to be applying for the big EU grants and without a fundraising manager, who is doing that at the moment?”

The hospice was based in a five-bedroom building in Dumers Lane, Radcliffe, from 1991, and the site is currently being redeveloped to house children’s hospice Grace’s Place.

Another Bury Hospice nurse, who did not wish to be named, said nurses who complain are told: “There’s the door.”

She added: “Some staff are actually crying before they come to work. It’s not a happy ship.”

A third person, a close relation of a Bury Hospice nurse, said: “The people of Bury worked hard to raise the funds to build the new hospice, and money is constantly raised for its upkeep.

“But since it opened its doors the management seem hell-bent on destroying the very foundations on which it stands — its staff.”

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7:14am Fri 25 Jul 14

concerned38 says...

At last the truth comes out !
Well done to the nurses that have spoken out.
Now there needs to be an independent investigation, as to how this happened.
The senior management and trustees should be ashamed of themselves, the bullying has gone on far too long.
Many experienced staff have left or are leaving.
The people of Bury have given so much, they deserve the truth.
At last the truth comes out ! Well done to the nurses that have spoken out. Now there needs to be an independent investigation, as to how this happened. The senior management and trustees should be ashamed of themselves, the bullying has gone on far too long. Many experienced staff have left or are leaving. The people of Bury have given so much, they deserve the truth. concerned38
  • Score: 45

2:49pm Fri 25 Jul 14

White Admiral says...

I concur with concerned38 and indeed if the comments of concerned38 are taken in context with this relevations from this artical then these are worrying times not only for the hospice but also those who have donated over the years to what should be a worthy casue.

It is wonderful that these brave nurses have spoken out about what appears to be their appalling work conditions at Bury Hospice. allegtions of front line staff being made redundant with increased investment in administrative staff leads one to beleive that there is a degree of of incompetence in the runing of this charity. However will these complainants be listened to or will this be brushed under the carpet whilst the Oligarchy (Trustees) running this apparent shambles continues to meander from one disaster to another.

The people of Bury deserve an independent investigation into the running of the charity. Indeed the chair and the trustees are the most culperable as this is happenings on their watch and indeed should any of the allegations be proven then they should resign their posts. Such bad publicity will do little to encourage the people of Bury to donate to an organisation that appears from the atricles to date to be grossly mismanaged and at the end of the day it is the patients and those staff on the front line dealing with their daily and essential needs and requirements who are suffering now and will continue to suffer the most.

It is most important that an independent enquiry should commence as soon as possible!
I concur with concerned38 and indeed if the comments of concerned38 are taken in context with this relevations from this artical then these are worrying times not only for the hospice but also those who have donated over the years to what should be a worthy casue. It is wonderful that these brave nurses have spoken out about what appears to be their appalling work conditions at Bury Hospice. allegtions of front line staff being made redundant with increased investment in administrative staff leads one to beleive that there is a degree of of incompetence in the runing of this charity. However will these complainants be listened to or will this be brushed under the carpet whilst the Oligarchy (Trustees) running this apparent shambles continues to meander from one disaster to another. The people of Bury deserve an independent investigation into the running of the charity. Indeed the chair and the trustees are the most culperable as this is happenings on their watch and indeed should any of the allegations be proven then they should resign their posts. Such bad publicity will do little to encourage the people of Bury to donate to an organisation that appears from the atricles to date to be grossly mismanaged and at the end of the day it is the patients and those staff on the front line dealing with their daily and essential needs and requirements who are suffering now and will continue to suffer the most. It is most important that an independent enquiry should commence as soon as possible! White Admiral
  • Score: 46

4:24pm Fri 25 Jul 14

washinglinewarrior says...

Facts

The truth is NEARLY out.

Built too big and not used, lots of empty patient rooms
Space is poorly planned
Building is cold, desolate, uninviting, clinical
Management including CEO have no reductions in their wage
Cleaners and Cooks and Nurses losing thousands of pounds a year
No training for Nurses. Some behind on mandatory essential training
Money spent on management trips flying to the Isle of Man
Bedroom furnishings bought from Jersey
Above 2 example of management trips out on Hospice money
Incompetent management team and poor leadership
Bullying prevalent, no staff support
Independent review needs to happen and fast. Can James Frith help?
This Hospice belongs to the people of Bury, not the CEO.
Management show disrespect to the deceased by using the door they depart out of to the undertakers as a short cut to their offices.
Facts The truth is NEARLY out. Built too big and not used, lots of empty patient rooms Space is poorly planned Building is cold, desolate, uninviting, clinical Management including CEO have no reductions in their wage Cleaners and Cooks and Nurses losing thousands of pounds a year No training for Nurses. Some behind on mandatory essential training Money spent on management trips flying to the Isle of Man Bedroom furnishings bought from Jersey Above 2 example of management trips out on Hospice money Incompetent management team and poor leadership Bullying prevalent, no staff support Independent review needs to happen and fast. Can James Frith help? This Hospice belongs to the people of Bury, not the CEO. Management show disrespect to the deceased by using the door they depart out of to the undertakers as a short cut to their offices. washinglinewarrior
  • Score: 41

5:19pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Mikespitfirejones says...

As a member of the Bury public ,I for one, are deeply concerned about what I have read today.
Bury Hospice management need to remember that, Bury Hospice, belongs to the people of Bury ,NOT to the Management or the Trustees.
I would like to see an AGM-why did this not happen last year?
I would like to see just how much the management are taking away from the Hospice patients. No pay cuts for them I presume!
It would appear that the Chief executive of Bury Hospice has a very colourful past according to the Daily mail newspaper(Dec 2007). I purposely put her name into Google.We should ask ourselves, Was she really the correct person to carry Bury Hospice into the brand new state of the art hospice? I certainly think NOT. If I a member of the Bury public have found this information, why didn't the trustees do a check before appointing her ?
Bury Hospice has a huge number of management and very little staff left through incompetence and mismanagement. The people of Bury, now need to step in and save their Hospice.
A new management and Trustees need to be voted into post.
We have been have failed.
Bury Hospice past and present staff,need commending for the excellent work they have done and still continue to do, whilst working under such horrendous management conditions.
I fear the published story ,is only the tip of the iceberg.
Give the people of Bury, back their beloved Hospice.
As a member of the Bury public ,I for one, are deeply concerned about what I have read today. Bury Hospice management need to remember that, Bury Hospice, belongs to the people of Bury ,NOT to the Management or the Trustees. I would like to see an AGM-why did this not happen last year? I would like to see just how much the management are taking away from the Hospice patients. No pay cuts for them I presume! It would appear that the Chief executive of Bury Hospice has a very colourful past according to the Daily mail newspaper(Dec 2007). I purposely put her name into Google.We should ask ourselves, Was she really the correct person to carry Bury Hospice into the brand new state of the art hospice? I certainly think NOT. If I a member of the Bury public have found this information, why didn't the trustees do a check before appointing her ? Bury Hospice has a huge number of management and very little staff left through incompetence and mismanagement. The people of Bury, now need to step in and save their Hospice. A new management and Trustees need to be voted into post. We have been have failed. Bury Hospice past and present staff,need commending for the excellent work they have done and still continue to do, whilst working under such horrendous management conditions. I fear the published story ,is only the tip of the iceberg. Give the people of Bury, back their beloved Hospice. Mikespitfirejones
  • Score: 42

7:39pm Fri 25 Jul 14

iwantititakeit says...

There appears to be a big story that needs pursuing here Bury Times for such a worthy, wonderful organisation.

Thank you to the staff for braving what must be horrendous circumstances and revealing the sad truth. Nurses work many a mixture of different shifts with messed up body clocks, time away from loved ones at nights and weekends and more importantly time away on special days such as Christmas Day and Easter. Terribly terribly important to Christians. This is not a good thing to happen at a time when the cost of living is rocketing. Who can blame them for leaving and taking their experience and qualifications with them to other Hospices where they are valued for the work they do.

I call for a public enquiry and immediate financial scrutiny of their accounts. Every penny in and every penny out. Why does this charity never have Annual General Meetings? The Trustees, the Chief Executive and their management team need investigating for what appears to be a shambles of an organisation and at the expense of all the people in Bury who have donated and to those who sadly need care for their terminal illnesses.

Bury needs a well managed Hospice that will be a beacon of hope for all those poorly people. One that will be well run and a future centre of excellence.

Thank you to 'mikespitfirejones', a quick meander on Google awaits.
There appears to be a big story that needs pursuing here Bury Times for such a worthy, wonderful organisation. Thank you to the staff for braving what must be horrendous circumstances and revealing the sad truth. Nurses work many a mixture of different shifts with messed up body clocks, time away from loved ones at nights and weekends and more importantly time away on special days such as Christmas Day and Easter. Terribly terribly important to Christians. This is not a good thing to happen at a time when the cost of living is rocketing. Who can blame them for leaving and taking their experience and qualifications with them to other Hospices where they are valued for the work they do. I call for a public enquiry and immediate financial scrutiny of their accounts. Every penny in and every penny out. Why does this charity never have Annual General Meetings? The Trustees, the Chief Executive and their management team need investigating for what appears to be a shambles of an organisation and at the expense of all the people in Bury who have donated and to those who sadly need care for their terminal illnesses. Bury needs a well managed Hospice that will be a beacon of hope for all those poorly people. One that will be well run and a future centre of excellence. Thank you to 'mikespitfirejones', a quick meander on Google awaits. iwantititakeit
  • Score: 35

9:54pm Fri 25 Jul 14

BrendaBury says...

My Auntie sadly passed away at the hospice in 2012.
Talk of the new Hospice was well advertised as 12 beds to accommodate the needs of the people of Bury. It did cross my mind then,how would they fill the beds?,For all the weeks that my auntie received, second to none care, only 2/3 beds were ever used.
Using clinics as store rooms in a brand new state of the art Hospice, is completely unacceptable.
Why is this happening, we ask ourselves. Why is the day service not running to a promised 7 days per week? Wasn't a café publised ? what happened to that?
Hearing that beds are closed, seems very deceitful to the patients, professionals and members of the public,.
Seems to me, BIG IDEAS, wrong Chief, Wrong management, totally Wrong Board members.
The staff should not have to go to such lengths to be heard.
Bury Hospice, staff are second to none and are the bread and butter of the Hospice. We must now start to ask, what's been happening? What is happening behind those doors?
Funds, expenses, etc. must be now made public and be transparent.
Tui Benjamin please don't take a back seat now you have loosened the lid. We all need answers to why this service is failing fast.
My Auntie sadly passed away at the hospice in 2012. Talk of the new Hospice was well advertised as 12 beds to accommodate the needs of the people of Bury. It did cross my mind then,how would they fill the beds?,For all the weeks that my auntie received, second to none care, only 2/3 beds were ever used. Using clinics as store rooms in a brand new state of the art Hospice, is completely unacceptable. Why is this happening, we ask ourselves. Why is the day service not running to a promised 7 days per week? Wasn't a café publised ? what happened to that? Hearing that beds are closed, seems very deceitful to the patients, professionals and members of the public,. Seems to me, BIG IDEAS, wrong Chief, Wrong management, totally Wrong Board members. The staff should not have to go to such lengths to be heard. Bury Hospice, staff are second to none and are the bread and butter of the Hospice. We must now start to ask, what's been happening? What is happening behind those doors? Funds, expenses, etc. must be now made public and be transparent. Tui Benjamin please don't take a back seat now you have loosened the lid. We all need answers to why this service is failing fast. BrendaBury
  • Score: 33

8:10am Sat 26 Jul 14

karenmurray says...

My auntie passed away in the hospice earlier this year and it makes me angry when after the loving care she got in there and the support we got from staff that the staff are being treated in this way. There have been redundancies and these are probably the people who were getting too close to the truth. I feel the way forward is to suspend the management and trustees and send in auditors who are neutral to the hospice to go through all incomings and outgoings of the hospice. The people of Bury who donate often deserve to know their hard fundraising efforts are being spent correctly. I have found that if you want to donate for a specific piece of equipment that people are told it all ahs to go into the one pot????? This pot needs investigating. There has been far too many donations not to have all 12 beds running and staff paid properly. Lets be told what the managers are being paid I have a strong feeling it will be nearly £100 000. These nurses and cleaners and the people of Bury deserve a full government investigation. I hope it is done sooner before cover ups can be done. A big well done to the whistle blowers as you only have patients at your hearts as that is why you do what you do.
My auntie passed away in the hospice earlier this year and it makes me angry when after the loving care she got in there and the support we got from staff that the staff are being treated in this way. There have been redundancies and these are probably the people who were getting too close to the truth. I feel the way forward is to suspend the management and trustees and send in auditors who are neutral to the hospice to go through all incomings and outgoings of the hospice. The people of Bury who donate often deserve to know their hard fundraising efforts are being spent correctly. I have found that if you want to donate for a specific piece of equipment that people are told it all ahs to go into the one pot????? This pot needs investigating. There has been far too many donations not to have all 12 beds running and staff paid properly. Lets be told what the managers are being paid I have a strong feeling it will be nearly £100 000. These nurses and cleaners and the people of Bury deserve a full government investigation. I hope it is done sooner before cover ups can be done. A big well done to the whistle blowers as you only have patients at your hearts as that is why you do what you do. karenmurray
  • Score: 28

9:31am Sat 26 Jul 14

StopTheBullying says...

Bury Hospice trustees you need to take action NOW ! This story is shocking.
There has to be some kind of public enquiry.
I hope Tui Benjamin will follow up this story.
I hope senior management and trustees, realise what they have/are doing to staff.
The job can be difficult without added pressure from management. Bullying is not acceptable.
Staff should have support, but clearly don't ! I wonder if the Care Quality Commision are aware of this ? They should be.
Bury Hospice trustees you need to take action NOW ! This story is shocking. There has to be some kind of public enquiry. I hope Tui Benjamin will follow up this story. I hope senior management and trustees, realise what they have/are doing to staff. The job can be difficult without added pressure from management. Bullying is not acceptable. Staff should have support, but clearly don't ! I wonder if the Care Quality Commision are aware of this ? They should be. StopTheBullying
  • Score: 34

7:15pm Sat 26 Jul 14

SHEILAMCCAFFREY says...

well at last the truth is finaly out i for one was made redundant and yes there was bulling going on and talking to staff still there the bulling is getting worse by management icould go on forever but one thing for sure they did me a favour i am much happier now i am out of there i enjoyed six years there untill youve guessed it danceing queen came along with all her promises and then her followers came along i would hate the hospice to close but the trustees really need to bring new management in
well at last the truth is finaly out i for one was made redundant and yes there was bulling going on and talking to staff still there the bulling is getting worse by management icould go on forever but one thing for sure they did me a favour i am much happier now i am out of there i enjoyed six years there untill youve guessed it danceing queen came along with all her promises and then her followers came along i would hate the hospice to close but the trustees really need to bring new management in SHEILAMCCAFFREY
  • Score: 31

7:32pm Sat 26 Jul 14

keepitkarma says...

It sounds to me that the staff of bury hospice have been working under a huge amount of stress, and don't appear to be valued, supported or listened to. This illustrates a very worrying attitude, and risking losing nurses with many years of skills and experience is an utterly reckless act that can only have a detrimental effect on patient care. This lack of support for, and recognition of, the work done by nurses is deeply concerning. Staff are vital to the hospice's success, and it is their contribution which provides the hospice with its quality service and reputation.
It sounds to me that the staff of bury hospice have been working under a huge amount of stress, and don't appear to be valued, supported or listened to. This illustrates a very worrying attitude, and risking losing nurses with many years of skills and experience is an utterly reckless act that can only have a detrimental effect on patient care. This lack of support for, and recognition of, the work done by nurses is deeply concerning. Staff are vital to the hospice's success, and it is their contribution which provides the hospice with its quality service and reputation. keepitkarma
  • Score: 27

10:25pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Pearcey71 says...

How did this idiot make the short list, nevermind get appointed chief exec? http://www.englisc-g
ateway.com/bbs/topic
/6841-dancing-at-the
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bash-the-high-spendi
ng-executives-whose-
job-is-to-find-ways-
of-saving-the-nhs-mo
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How did this idiot make the short list, nevermind get appointed chief exec? http://www.englisc-g ateway.com/bbs/topic /6841-dancing-at-the ir-l15000-christmas- bash-the-high-spendi ng-executives-whose- job-is-to-find-ways- of-saving-the-nhs-mo ney/ Pearcey71
  • Score: 19

10:28pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Pearcey71 says...

How did this idiot even make the short list, nevermind get appointed chief exec? http://www.englisc-g
ateway.com/bbs/topic
/6841-dancing-at-the
ir-l15000-christmas-
bash-the-high-spendi
ng-executives-whose-
job-is-to-find-ways-
of-saving-the-nhs-mo
ney/
How did this idiot even make the short list, nevermind get appointed chief exec? http://www.englisc-g ateway.com/bbs/topic /6841-dancing-at-the ir-l15000-christmas- bash-the-high-spendi ng-executives-whose- job-is-to-find-ways- of-saving-the-nhs-mo ney/ Pearcey71
  • Score: 14

10:34pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Pearcey71 says...

http://www.englisc-g
ateway.com/bbs/topic
/6841-dancing-at-the
ir-l15000-christmas-
bash-the-high-spendi
ng-executives-whose-
job-is-to-find-ways-
of-saving-the-nhs-mo
ney/
http://www.englisc-g ateway.com/bbs/topic /6841-dancing-at-the ir-l15000-christmas- bash-the-high-spendi ng-executives-whose- job-is-to-find-ways- of-saving-the-nhs-mo ney/ Pearcey71
  • Score: 14

10:47pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Pearcey71 says...

Ok the link ain't working but if you want to see the type of person running the hospice google jaquie comber dancing queen
Ok the link ain't working but if you want to see the type of person running the hospice google jaquie comber dancing queen Pearcey71
  • Score: 20

10:47pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Paul77 says...

I can only add my deep concern like those above off the incompetent , overpaid and bully's of a management team who are running Bury hospice , who then try to justify their lack of management skills by cutting nurses and support staffs wages . It's a scandal , but not a surprise as councils are now doing the same . Making massive cut backs on workers wages and conditions because of government cutbacks .
Cut the overpaid managers ,CEO wages or better still sack them for gross misconduct and by the looks of the links in others posts the miss use of funds
I can only add my deep concern like those above off the incompetent , overpaid and bully's of a management team who are running Bury hospice , who then try to justify their lack of management skills by cutting nurses and support staffs wages . It's a scandal , but not a surprise as councils are now doing the same . Making massive cut backs on workers wages and conditions because of government cutbacks . Cut the overpaid managers ,CEO wages or better still sack them for gross misconduct and by the looks of the links in others posts the miss use of funds Paul77
  • Score: 23

11:52pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Pearcey71 says...

Pearcey71 wrote:
Ok the link ain't working but if you want to see the type of person running the hospice google jaquie comber dancing queen
This is the correct spelling for Jaqui if you're having trouble googling her. She certainly knows how to throw a party! (With other peoples money that is)
[quote][p][bold]Pearcey71[/bold] wrote: Ok the link ain't working but if you want to see the type of person running the hospice google jaquie comber dancing queen[/p][/quote]This is the correct spelling for Jaqui if you're having trouble googling her. She certainly knows how to throw a party! (With other peoples money that is) Pearcey71
  • Score: 24

12:47am Sun 27 Jul 14

Arthurcat1973 says...

I am a relative of one of the people who got made redundant! I will never forgive jaqui or mike for the way they spoke to or treated my relative. They bullied and pushed and made them feel unworthy.. It is awful to see someone you love go though this.
They where lied to so much. They where told there job was no longer a job but as soon as they got made redundant another person is doing the job a person who has been paid the higher rate of pay for 6 months done the hours that suited them before my relative got made redundant! There are more people sat in office having meeting to arrange meeting then their is nurses and domestics.
The top management need to go they have spent enough of YOUR. Fundraising cash on hotel rooms champagne and hotel bars!!!
I am a relative of one of the people who got made redundant! I will never forgive jaqui or mike for the way they spoke to or treated my relative. They bullied and pushed and made them feel unworthy.. It is awful to see someone you love go though this. They where lied to so much. They where told there job was no longer a job but as soon as they got made redundant another person is doing the job a person who has been paid the higher rate of pay for 6 months done the hours that suited them before my relative got made redundant! There are more people sat in office having meeting to arrange meeting then their is nurses and domestics. The top management need to go they have spent enough of YOUR. Fundraising cash on hotel rooms champagne and hotel bars!!! Arthurcat1973
  • Score: 26

10:24am Sun 27 Jul 14

sackthe badmanagers says...

This is so appalling to hear but I have heard even more recently that needs to be investigated.
The latest is, Agency staff are to be brought in to cover so many shifts that cannot be covered by hospice nurses, as they are dangerously short staffed . Although the agency staff will not be working any unsociable hours ie: weekends, nights etc leaving those shifts for the permanent staff to cover on basic pay! Point here is, how much will agency staff be costing when money is already scarce? Agency staff don't come cheap I believe.
I have been doing some investigation myself following the above allegations and it appears that the chief executive of Bury Hospice will also be the Chief executive along with the clinical manager of the children's hospice, Grace's place.Two big fat wages! Another hospice to help destroy!!
Pennine care need to think twice and take over Graces Place before another hospice is destroyed.
Would the members of the public care to look up Improvement foundation a little closer a company that the Chief executive of Bury Hospice was a partner in.Here you will also find the name of another 'lady', I will not mention on this occasion but this lady was brought in to provide study sessions for 1 week to help Bury Hospice 1 move into Bury Hospice 2.Venue Radcliffe Civic Hall, at a cost of? We will never know.Staff drove to venue, management took taxis, at a cost of?
Christmas at a local Italian attended by management swilling champagne.
My point being here is, Reckless Spending is a culture of Bury Hospice.
Yes we need to stand up now and Save Our Hospice but we also need Jacqui and her friends to stand up and be counted! There are many to count in those offices upstairs!
Stand up management and be counted, most hospices are run by volunteers, lots of volunteers have left Bury Hospice after witnessing wrong doings!
WE CANNOT STAND BACK AND IGNORE THIS ANY LONGER.
This is so appalling to hear but I have heard even more recently that needs to be investigated. The latest is, Agency staff are to be brought in to cover so many shifts that cannot be covered by hospice nurses, as they are dangerously short staffed . Although the agency staff will not be working any unsociable hours ie: weekends, nights etc leaving those shifts for the permanent staff to cover on basic pay! Point here is, how much will agency staff be costing when money is already scarce? Agency staff don't come cheap I believe. I have been doing some investigation myself following the above allegations and it appears that the chief executive of Bury Hospice will also be the Chief executive along with the clinical manager of the children's hospice, Grace's place.Two big fat wages! Another hospice to help destroy!! Pennine care need to think twice and take over Graces Place before another hospice is destroyed. Would the members of the public care to look up Improvement foundation a little closer a company that the Chief executive of Bury Hospice was a partner in.Here you will also find the name of another 'lady', I will not mention on this occasion but this lady was brought in to provide study sessions for 1 week to help Bury Hospice 1 move into Bury Hospice 2.Venue Radcliffe Civic Hall, at a cost of? We will never know.Staff drove to venue, management took taxis, at a cost of? Christmas at a local Italian attended by management swilling champagne. My point being here is, Reckless Spending is a culture of Bury Hospice. Yes we need to stand up now and Save Our Hospice but we also need Jacqui and her friends to stand up and be counted! There are many to count in those offices upstairs! Stand up management and be counted, most hospices are run by volunteers, lots of volunteers have left Bury Hospice after witnessing wrong doings! WE CANNOT STAND BACK AND IGNORE THIS ANY LONGER. sackthe badmanagers
  • Score: 25

12:01pm Sun 27 Jul 14

sackthe badmanagers says...

sackthe badmanagers wrote:
This is so appalling to hear but I have heard even more recently that needs to be investigated.
The latest is, Agency staff are to be brought in to cover so many shifts that cannot be covered by hospice nurses, as they are dangerously short staffed . Although the agency staff will not be working any unsociable hours ie: weekends, nights etc leaving those shifts for the permanent staff to cover on basic pay! Point here is, how much will agency staff be costing when money is already scarce? Agency staff don't come cheap I believe.
I have been doing some investigation myself following the above allegations and it appears that the chief executive of Bury Hospice will also be the Chief executive along with the clinical manager of the children's hospice, Grace's place.Two big fat wages! Another hospice to help destroy!!
Pennine care need to think twice and take over Graces Place before another hospice is destroyed.
Would the members of the public care to look up Improvement foundation a little closer a company that the Chief executive of Bury Hospice was a partner in.Here you will also find the name of another 'lady', I will not mention on this occasion but this lady was brought in to provide study sessions for 1 week to help Bury Hospice 1 move into Bury Hospice 2.Venue Radcliffe Civic Hall, at a cost of? We will never know.Staff drove to venue, management took taxis, at a cost of?
Christmas at a local Italian attended by management swilling champagne.
My point being here is, Reckless Spending is a culture of Bury Hospice.
Yes we need to stand up now and Save Our Hospice but we also need Jacqui and her friends to stand up and be counted! There are many to count in those offices upstairs!
Stand up management and be counted, most hospices are run by volunteers, lots of volunteers have left Bury Hospice after witnessing wrong doings!
WE CANNOT STAND BACK AND IGNORE THIS ANY LONGER.
Back to the above comment..I also believe ' Mike ' to have also worked with the Chief executive, once upon a time. What,another coincidence, not sure about that.Save our hospice from the ruthless.
[quote][p][bold]sackthe badmanagers[/bold] wrote: This is so appalling to hear but I have heard even more recently that needs to be investigated. The latest is, Agency staff are to be brought in to cover so many shifts that cannot be covered by hospice nurses, as they are dangerously short staffed . Although the agency staff will not be working any unsociable hours ie: weekends, nights etc leaving those shifts for the permanent staff to cover on basic pay! Point here is, how much will agency staff be costing when money is already scarce? Agency staff don't come cheap I believe. I have been doing some investigation myself following the above allegations and it appears that the chief executive of Bury Hospice will also be the Chief executive along with the clinical manager of the children's hospice, Grace's place.Two big fat wages! Another hospice to help destroy!! Pennine care need to think twice and take over Graces Place before another hospice is destroyed. Would the members of the public care to look up Improvement foundation a little closer a company that the Chief executive of Bury Hospice was a partner in.Here you will also find the name of another 'lady', I will not mention on this occasion but this lady was brought in to provide study sessions for 1 week to help Bury Hospice 1 move into Bury Hospice 2.Venue Radcliffe Civic Hall, at a cost of? We will never know.Staff drove to venue, management took taxis, at a cost of? Christmas at a local Italian attended by management swilling champagne. My point being here is, Reckless Spending is a culture of Bury Hospice. Yes we need to stand up now and Save Our Hospice but we also need Jacqui and her friends to stand up and be counted! There are many to count in those offices upstairs! Stand up management and be counted, most hospices are run by volunteers, lots of volunteers have left Bury Hospice after witnessing wrong doings! WE CANNOT STAND BACK AND IGNORE THIS ANY LONGER.[/p][/quote]Back to the above comment..I also believe ' Mike ' to have also worked with the Chief executive, once upon a time. What,another coincidence, not sure about that.Save our hospice from the ruthless. sackthe badmanagers
  • Score: 19

12:46pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Aletheia1978 says...

Source: The HSJ (Health Service Journal)

Managers left mystified by Improvement Foundation closure
18 February 2010 | By Charlotte Santry

A company providing training to hundreds of NHS managers has suddenly ceased trading.
The Improvement Foundation, which until recently delivered university accredited courses for NHS organisations and other public bodies, has left a recorded phone message for callers to its Manchester office saying it has “ceased trading”.
It is completely out of the blue. It is all very unfortunate and without any details it is difficult to know what is happening
Its website only contains a holding page, which does not mention the closure or provide guidance for anyone it has affected.
There is an email address, but HSJ received no response to its enquiries.
The company is not listed as dissolved on Companies House records. However, its auditors resigned on 21 January and there has been no activity since 8 February, when it filed an alteration to its “memorandum and articles”, or the company’s charter.
A primary care trust manager who had been taking a postgraduate diploma in advanced commissioning told HSJ she received a letter from her university last week saying it would not be running the course as the Improvement Foundation was no longer trading.
She said: “It is completely out of the blue. It is all very unfortunate and without any details it is difficult to know what is happening.”
Four people at the PCT were taking the diploma at a cost of £4,500 each, but only two modules out of six have been provided, she said. The PCT is trying to recoup the costs.
She said more than 100 people from around the country were on the same course.
Company reports reveal five people were employed there as of 2 February. The chief executive is named as Ruth Kennedy, who worked with three directors - Jacqueline Comber, Meera Kulkarni and Melanie Lawless.
Sir John Oldham, former head of the Improvement Foundation, told HSJ he had had no connection with the company since he left two and a half years ago in July 2007 and it would be “inappropriate… to comment on the current situation”.

● Have you been affected by the closure of the Improvement Foundation? If so please email charlotte.santry@ema
p.com.

Readers' comments (7)

Anonymous | 18-Feb-2010 8:25 Am
This is just the tip of the iceberg some 20 + Spearhead PCT's are running the Healthy Communties Collaborative project which was fully fundded by the IF and in many cases large sums of money are owed which has had the knock on effect that many Project Managers jobs are now at risk

Anonymous | 18-Feb-2010 1:32 Pm

The 50 people that lost there jobs immediately on Feb 1st were committed professionals who gave up long careers and the benefits of continious service in the NHS to work for the IF. There are many projects that were IF funded running in PCT's across the country who are owed money - what about those jobs and the knock on effect to promoting the early presentations of cancer (a IF Project) now.

Anonymous | 19-Feb-2010 10:27 Am
This is a real shame for the 70 highly skilled and professional people that worked there and crucially who were delivering some excellent programmes of work.

Anonymous | 20-Feb-2010 0:11 Am
This is the Company that advertised a BME Health Inequalities conference last year and expected all participants, even the small community groups, to pay £300 + VAT. I questioned whether they were a foundation then and "not for profit" but they insisted they were. Thankfully, the event was cancelled

Anonymous | 21-Feb-2010 2:53 Pm
Everything that has been written above is true and there is lots more. The Healthy Communities Collaborative project was a 2 year project funded by the DoH and run by the Improvement Foundation everybody involved in the project has worked extremely hard to deliver improvements however, the project is now all but washed up with the on-line data collecting system disappeared into the ether there is little hope of offering evidence of the success or possible sustainability of the project. Many of the PCT's involved have not been paid for their Project Manager's wages and therefore the PM's have been told at best they may have 2 months but there is no funding to continue.

Anonymous | 27-Apr-2010 5:22 Pm
I was an employee of the Improvement Foundation and I was one of the last 50 employees to be made redundant.
The Improvement Foundation was doing an excellent job and it is such a shame things turned out the way they did.
I have to say that I disagree with the comment made on 26th Feb regarding operating in a crowded marketplace. The Foundation suffered from internal problems within departments.
Regardless of this, all employees worked extremely hard.
All such a waste
Source: The HSJ (Health Service Journal) Managers left mystified by Improvement Foundation closure 18 February 2010 | By Charlotte Santry A company providing training to hundreds of NHS managers has suddenly ceased trading. The Improvement Foundation, which until recently delivered university accredited courses for NHS organisations and other public bodies, has left a recorded phone message for callers to its Manchester office saying it has “ceased trading”. It is completely out of the blue. It is all very unfortunate and without any details it is difficult to know what is happening Its website only contains a holding page, which does not mention the closure or provide guidance for anyone it has affected. There is an email address, but HSJ received no response to its enquiries. The company is not listed as dissolved on Companies House records. However, its auditors resigned on 21 January and there has been no activity since 8 February, when it filed an alteration to its “memorandum and articles”, or the company’s charter. A primary care trust manager who had been taking a postgraduate diploma in advanced commissioning told HSJ she received a letter from her university last week saying it would not be running the course as the Improvement Foundation was no longer trading. She said: “It is completely out of the blue. It is all very unfortunate and without any details it is difficult to know what is happening.” Four people at the PCT were taking the diploma at a cost of £4,500 each, but only two modules out of six have been provided, she said. The PCT is trying to recoup the costs. She said more than 100 people from around the country were on the same course. Company reports reveal five people were employed there as of 2 February. The chief executive is named as Ruth Kennedy, who worked with three directors - Jacqueline Comber, Meera Kulkarni and Melanie Lawless. Sir John Oldham, former head of the Improvement Foundation, told HSJ he had had no connection with the company since he left two and a half years ago in July 2007 and it would be “inappropriate… to comment on the current situation”. ● Have you been affected by the closure of the Improvement Foundation? If so please email charlotte.santry@ema p.com. Readers' comments (7) Anonymous | 18-Feb-2010 8:25 Am This is just the tip of the iceberg some 20 + Spearhead PCT's are running the Healthy Communties Collaborative project which was fully fundded by the IF and in many cases large sums of money are owed which has had the knock on effect that many Project Managers jobs are now at risk Anonymous | 18-Feb-2010 1:32 Pm The 50 people that lost there jobs immediately on Feb 1st were committed professionals who gave up long careers and the benefits of continious service in the NHS to work for the IF. There are many projects that were IF funded running in PCT's across the country who are owed money - what about those jobs and the knock on effect to promoting the early presentations of cancer (a IF Project) now. Anonymous | 19-Feb-2010 10:27 Am This is a real shame for the 70 highly skilled and professional people that worked there and crucially who were delivering some excellent programmes of work. Anonymous | 20-Feb-2010 0:11 Am This is the Company that advertised a BME Health Inequalities conference last year and expected all participants, even the small community groups, to pay £300 + VAT. I questioned whether they were a foundation then and "not for profit" but they insisted they were. Thankfully, the event was cancelled Anonymous | 21-Feb-2010 2:53 Pm Everything that has been written above is true and there is lots more. The Healthy Communities Collaborative project was a 2 year project funded by the DoH and run by the Improvement Foundation everybody involved in the project has worked extremely hard to deliver improvements however, the project is now all but washed up with the on-line data collecting system disappeared into the ether there is little hope of offering evidence of the success or possible sustainability of the project. Many of the PCT's involved have not been paid for their Project Manager's wages and therefore the PM's have been told at best they may have 2 months but there is no funding to continue. Anonymous | 27-Apr-2010 5:22 Pm I was an employee of the Improvement Foundation and I was one of the last 50 employees to be made redundant. The Improvement Foundation was doing an excellent job and it is such a shame things turned out the way they did. I have to say that I disagree with the comment made on 26th Feb regarding operating in a crowded marketplace. The Foundation suffered from internal problems within departments. Regardless of this, all employees worked extremely hard. All such a waste Aletheia1978
  • Score: 16

12:57pm Sun 27 Jul 14

White Admiral says...

Pearcey71 wrote:
How did this idiot even make the short list, nevermind get appointed chief exec? http://www.englisc-g

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Pearcey 71. I may well be able answer some of your question easily but one would have to look towards the Trustees, one of whom I had the unfortunate misfortune to have to work with in the past; and in deed there was bullying and harassment and lying, so as to demoralise & discredit the professionality of staff as well. I have seen highly qualified and capable people leave that place of work and it saddens me to see that this is allowed to happen, whilst as a nation we pander to he incompetence and malevolence of a few, whom it appears are immune to the consequences of their actions.

Unfortunately this is why I am not surprised to hear about this artical Indeed for a few years I have been sitting back an waiting for this to happen as I felt sure that it would. I only wish that I could have been waiting indefinitely and of course wish that I was wrong.

If there is an enquiry I would certainly bring forward some interesting co-lateral evidence that would at least discredit that person's integrity beyond reasonable doubt.

What we must be careful of here though is how the Hospice will continue. A lot of further damage can be caused by hounding out allegedly malevolent/incompete
nt managers/trustees irrespective of the level of truth and all that ends up is that the service "Bury Hospice" suffers the most. I only hope that those people are reading this and do the honourable thing and resign in a manner that allows as smooth a transfer of responsibilities to a more capable body of people and as such prevent an extensive witch-hunt which benefits nobody.
[quote][p][bold]Pearcey71[/bold] wrote: How did this idiot even make the short list, nevermind get appointed chief exec? http://www.englisc-g ateway.com/bbs/topic /6841-dancing-at-the ir-l15000-christmas- bash-the-high-spendi ng-executives-whose- job-is-to-find-ways- of-saving-the-nhs-mo ney/[/p][/quote]Pearcey 71. I may well be able answer some of your question easily but one would have to look towards the Trustees, one of whom I had the unfortunate misfortune to have to work with in the past; and in deed there was bullying and harassment and lying, so as to demoralise & discredit the professionality of staff as well. I have seen highly qualified and capable people leave that place of work and it saddens me to see that this is allowed to happen, whilst as a nation we pander to he incompetence and malevolence of a few, whom it appears are immune to the consequences of their actions. Unfortunately this is why I am not surprised to hear about this artical Indeed for a few years I have been sitting back an waiting for this to happen as I felt sure that it would. I only wish that I could have been waiting indefinitely and of course wish that I was wrong. If there is an enquiry I would certainly bring forward some interesting co-lateral evidence that would at least discredit that person's integrity beyond reasonable doubt. What we must be careful of here though is how the Hospice will continue. A lot of further damage can be caused by hounding out allegedly malevolent/incompete nt managers/trustees irrespective of the level of truth and all that ends up is that the service "Bury Hospice" suffers the most. I only hope that those people are reading this and do the honourable thing and resign in a manner that allows as smooth a transfer of responsibilities to a more capable body of people and as such prevent an extensive witch-hunt which benefits nobody. White Admiral
  • Score: 22

4:51pm Sun 27 Jul 14

MMaxted15 says...

It is so sad what is happening to Bury Hospice and all the staff. How can a charity organisation not have a fundraiser. These people are employed for their skill and knowledge of raising funds and sustaining the amount of money which comes into the hospice so that it can function and give the quality of care which a person who is dying deserves and also support for families and relatives. I have a relative who works at the hospice and it is so sad to see how unhappy she has become and yet she still loves the job she does. The nursing staff are so grateful for all the public support and donations which they receive and for the many Thank You cards and letters which are sent to the hospice. The cards and letters don't just say Thank You they are words straight from the heart which show the staff how much the care given to someone is really appreciated by families. This really lifts the spirits of the staff and makes them carry on doing a job they love. It is a pity the management cannot show a fraction of appreciation towards its staff. Things need to be looked at or the hospice will no longer be here.
It is so sad what is happening to Bury Hospice and all the staff. How can a charity organisation not have a fundraiser. These people are employed for their skill and knowledge of raising funds and sustaining the amount of money which comes into the hospice so that it can function and give the quality of care which a person who is dying deserves and also support for families and relatives. I have a relative who works at the hospice and it is so sad to see how unhappy she has become and yet she still loves the job she does. The nursing staff are so grateful for all the public support and donations which they receive and for the many Thank You cards and letters which are sent to the hospice. The cards and letters don't just say Thank You they are words straight from the heart which show the staff how much the care given to someone is really appreciated by families. This really lifts the spirits of the staff and makes them carry on doing a job they love. It is a pity the management cannot show a fraction of appreciation towards its staff. Things need to be looked at or the hospice will no longer be here. MMaxted15
  • Score: 18

8:07pm Sun 27 Jul 14

onemanband says...

I totally concur & agree with the above comments, having been a volunteer myself, I would like to just point out that this sort of behaviour is not just in the hospice building but throughout the organisation with a bad attitude from senior managers toward volunteers, donators & staff. also I don’t feel you can totally blame the chief exec, her team has let her down and are too busy bullying, blaming, pressurising staff & volunteers instead of working as a team raise vital funds.
well done! Tui Benjamin for exposing this.
I hope a thorough investigation is taken into all the senior management roles and action taken to ensure the hospice remains open in the future.
I totally concur & agree with the above comments, having been a volunteer myself, I would like to just point out that this sort of behaviour is not just in the hospice building but throughout the organisation with a bad attitude from senior managers toward volunteers, donators & staff. also I don’t feel you can totally blame the chief exec, her team has let her down and are too busy bullying, blaming, pressurising staff & volunteers instead of working as a team raise vital funds. well done! Tui Benjamin for exposing this. I hope a thorough investigation is taken into all the senior management roles and action taken to ensure the hospice remains open in the future. onemanband
  • Score: -1

8:24pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Aletheia1978 says...

Message to Bury Hospice Trustees; the following information is freely available to anyone who cares to look. So, what were you thinking?

Free Company Director Check
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Message to Bury Hospice Trustees; the following information is freely available to anyone who cares to look. So, what were you thinking? Free Company Director Check http://www.companydi rectorcheck.com/jacq ueline-comber#ap5397 4861 http://companycheck. co.uk/director/91142 3059 Aletheia1978
  • Score: 12

8:31pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Aletheia1978 says...

onemanband wrote:
I totally concur & agree with the above comments, having been a volunteer myself, I would like to just point out that this sort of behaviour is not just in the hospice building but throughout the organisation with a bad attitude from senior managers toward volunteers, donators & staff. also I don’t feel you can totally blame the chief exec, her team has let her down and are too busy bullying, blaming, pressurising staff & volunteers instead of working as a team raise vital funds.
well done! Tui Benjamin for exposing this.
I hope a thorough investigation is taken into all the senior management roles and action taken to ensure the hospice remains open in the future.
Leadership starts at the top and managers should take their lead from their boss. Unfortunately, leading by example has bought the hospice to its knees.
[quote][p][bold]onemanband[/bold] wrote: I totally concur & agree with the above comments, having been a volunteer myself, I would like to just point out that this sort of behaviour is not just in the hospice building but throughout the organisation with a bad attitude from senior managers toward volunteers, donators & staff. also I don’t feel you can totally blame the chief exec, her team has let her down and are too busy bullying, blaming, pressurising staff & volunteers instead of working as a team raise vital funds. well done! Tui Benjamin for exposing this. I hope a thorough investigation is taken into all the senior management roles and action taken to ensure the hospice remains open in the future.[/p][/quote]Leadership starts at the top and managers should take their lead from their boss. Unfortunately, leading by example has bought the hospice to its knees. Aletheia1978
  • Score: 15

9:12pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Its a bit cold in ere says...

When I put money in the collecting tin, I want to be assured my contribution is going to a good cause and that it will be spent wisely.

This is not going to happen with the Dancing Queen and her cronies in charge! They couldn't make a good decision between them, a total lack of understanding at every level.

Spending money going on trips and meals out in London it's a disgrace. She should be made to answer for her reckless behaviour the figures just do not add up.

She should be booted out on her sorry backside along with half the useless board.

There are clearly lessons to be learnt here, a quick back ground check would have revealed the Dancing Queen chequered past.

No wonder Bury hospice is in such a mess, this hospices management team if you can call them that will not even recognise a trade union to help protect the nurses, again another disgrace.

Good bye to the Dancing Queen, I think you've had the last dance.
When I put money in the collecting tin, I want to be assured my contribution is going to a good cause and that it will be spent wisely. This is not going to happen with the Dancing Queen and her cronies in charge! They couldn't make a good decision between them, a total lack of understanding at every level. Spending money going on trips and meals out in London it's a disgrace. She should be made to answer for her reckless behaviour the figures just do not add up. She should be booted out on her sorry backside along with half the useless board. There are clearly lessons to be learnt here, a quick back ground check would have revealed the Dancing Queen chequered past. No wonder Bury hospice is in such a mess, this hospices management team if you can call them that will not even recognise a trade union to help protect the nurses, again another disgrace. Good bye to the Dancing Queen, I think you've had the last dance. Its a bit cold in ere
  • Score: 21

10:26pm Sun 27 Jul 14

emmaburton says...

When my beautiful Nan died there last year those nurses, housekeepers, volunteers and cooks were all angels. Each and everyone of them.

They looked after our family and my Nan perfectly with care and dedication, I remember talking to them and thought yes this is a hard job but they had all worked there for a long time so they were dedicated and treated well. I thought this because they worked very long hours andafter they should have finished and didn't even claim it as overtime. They were happy and cheerful which was nice to see in sad times but also very kind and knowledgeable.

To be told "There's the door" is tragic. I say "There's the door to you Mrs Comber".

How can we help the Hospice to move forward and continue to run?

From Emma.
When my beautiful Nan died there last year those nurses, housekeepers, volunteers and cooks were all angels. Each and everyone of them. They looked after our family and my Nan perfectly with care and dedication, I remember talking to them and thought yes this is a hard job but they had all worked there for a long time so they were dedicated and treated well. I thought this because they worked very long hours andafter they should have finished and didn't even claim it as overtime. They were happy and cheerful which was nice to see in sad times but also very kind and knowledgeable. To be told "There's the door" is tragic. I say "There's the door to you Mrs Comber". How can we help the Hospice to move forward and continue to run? From Emma. emmaburton
  • Score: 23

10:57pm Sun 27 Jul 14

be sure your past will find you out says...

yes mrs comber be sure your past has found you out , if so many people have managed to delve into some of your past , why were the board of directors/ not able to check into your cv . probe comanies house ect,
the whole managementneeds dissolving starting with yourself and cronies,
people need to ask why did the fund raising manager resign , head of finance probaly asking to many questions,
If something is not done quickly all credibility for the hospice and what it stands for will be lost , It took over 25y
yes mrs comber be sure your past has found you out , if so many people have managed to delve into some of your past , why were the board of directors/ not able to check into your cv . probe comanies house ect, the whole managementneeds dissolving starting with yourself and cronies, people need to ask why did the fund raising manager resign , head of finance probaly asking to many questions, If something is not done quickly all credibility for the hospice and what it stands for will be lost , It took over 25y be sure your past will find you out
  • Score: 21

11:31pm Sun 27 Jul 14

be sure your past will find you out says...

we need a few more les radcliffes /margaret robinsons about. the people who started bury hospice and worked tirelesley for nothing ,they would turn in there graves if they saw what has happened, vast sums paid out to top heavey managment , managers who manage the managers, but couldnt manage a cold, the people who matter and that are really nedded are the nusrsing staff , the shops , pdu and everthing that brings in money , not people who stand around spending it .take off the top half of the pyramid and you might see where you are going
we need a few more les radcliffes /margaret robinsons about. the people who started bury hospice and worked tirelesley for nothing ,they would turn in there graves if they saw what has happened, vast sums paid out to top heavey managment , managers who manage the managers, but couldnt manage a cold, the people who matter and that are really nedded are the nusrsing staff , the shops , pdu and everthing that brings in money , not people who stand around spending it .take off the top half of the pyramid and you might see where you are going be sure your past will find you out
  • Score: 16

10:03am Mon 28 Jul 14

kazzer.bury says...

I can not believe what I am reading here. My Father passed away in this magnificent facility last July and my Mother and I were so impressed by the building, the facilities and comfort that all of this brought, but more importantly by the staff. Little did we know the heartache and stress that they must all have been under. In this day and age how could anyone be expected to work shifts/evenings/week
ends without the recompense that they rightly deserve, whilst the 'fat cats' live comfortably thank you very much, on the money that is left. Something has got to happen here, Bury can not afford to lose this fantastic facility and the people who raise money to keep it going do not expect this to happen. Absolutely appalling, the staff must have some help and support as soon as possible.
I can not believe what I am reading here. My Father passed away in this magnificent facility last July and my Mother and I were so impressed by the building, the facilities and comfort that all of this brought, but more importantly by the staff. Little did we know the heartache and stress that they must all have been under. In this day and age how could anyone be expected to work shifts/evenings/week ends without the recompense that they rightly deserve, whilst the 'fat cats' live comfortably thank you very much, on the money that is left. Something has got to happen here, Bury can not afford to lose this fantastic facility and the people who raise money to keep it going do not expect this to happen. Absolutely appalling, the staff must have some help and support as soon as possible. kazzer.bury
  • Score: 16

10:50am Mon 28 Jul 14

greymater says...

Get an Accountant in who will check the books to find out where the money has gone. All nursing, domestics and cookery staff should not have money taken off them. Take money from the so called managerial staff. This is an utter disgrace. People who need the hospice to care for them at the end of their lives are not able to get into the hospice because there is no money. Shameful. We need to make sure changes happen and quickly otherwise the hospice will have gone. Also why not amalgamate both hospices.
Get an Accountant in who will check the books to find out where the money has gone. All nursing, domestics and cookery staff should not have money taken off them. Take money from the so called managerial staff. This is an utter disgrace. People who need the hospice to care for them at the end of their lives are not able to get into the hospice because there is no money. Shameful. We need to make sure changes happen and quickly otherwise the hospice will have gone. Also why not amalgamate both hospices. greymater
  • Score: 12

9:10pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Babbar Divino says...

Whatever the truth is here it's obvious that the town have lost confidence in the current management therefore if the Hospice is to survive they need to stand aside immediately or be forced to.
Whatever the truth is here it's obvious that the town have lost confidence in the current management therefore if the Hospice is to survive they need to stand aside immediately or be forced to. Babbar Divino
  • Score: 18

11:18pm Mon 28 Jul 14

White Admiral says...

Indeed Babbar Divino, I believe that the Trustees and the management should" fall on their own swords" and do the honourable thing. However I believe that the exaggerated opinions of their own entitlement will prevent from doing such? This needs a open meeting between the community and a rump of decent people, if any that may be left in the Bury Hospice band of trustees. Surely some of you are reading these messages and I call on you to announce through the Bury times the venue and date of such a meeting t be held as soon as possible.
Indeed Babbar Divino, I believe that the Trustees and the management should" fall on their own swords" and do the honourable thing. However I believe that the exaggerated opinions of their own entitlement will prevent from doing such? This needs a open meeting between the community and a rump of decent people, if any that may be left in the Bury Hospice band of trustees. Surely some of you are reading these messages and I call on you to announce through the Bury times the venue and date of such a meeting t be held as soon as possible. White Admiral
  • Score: 20

9:19am Tue 29 Jul 14

be sure your past will find you out says...

what happend to old fashioned values , honesty , integrity, trust, all these now need to be applied to get the hospice back on track, a public meeting would not be out of order so the hospice managment can explain openly what has gone wrong, and what steps are being taken to sort out the problems,or the good name of the hospice will be gone ,and supporters will walk away and forever be dissalusioned,
what happend to old fashioned values , honesty , integrity, trust, all these now need to be applied to get the hospice back on track, a public meeting would not be out of order so the hospice managment can explain openly what has gone wrong, and what steps are being taken to sort out the problems,or the good name of the hospice will be gone ,and supporters will walk away and forever be dissalusioned, be sure your past will find you out
  • Score: 15

10:40am Tue 29 Jul 14

Babbar Divino says...

Yes I agree White Admiral, they won't jump until they are pushed which is the way in most walks of life however in this case we are talking about a much needed facility funded by the hard work of volunteers if not actually manning reception but out in the community raising money providing dignity to those in the last days of their life on earth. The least management can do is stand aside whilst an inquiry is held in a dignified manner.
Yes I agree White Admiral, they won't jump until they are pushed which is the way in most walks of life however in this case we are talking about a much needed facility funded by the hard work of volunteers if not actually manning reception but out in the community raising money providing dignity to those in the last days of their life on earth. The least management can do is stand aside whilst an inquiry is held in a dignified manner. Babbar Divino
  • Score: 14

5:29pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Walton1 says...

why have some volunteers who have raised thousands not been given receipts ? Anyone else had the same ? Why is there no agm to ask questions ?
why have some volunteers who have raised thousands not been given receipts ? Anyone else had the same ? Why is there no agm to ask questions ? Walton1
  • Score: 17

7:15pm Wed 30 Jul 14

thisissad says...

The sad thing about all this is who controls what happens next.
If its Mrs Comber, nothing, except that she will probably use hospice funds to try and find out who was the whistle blower, and they will be next out. The trustees will probably take what Mrs Comber says as she probably bullies them also to what she wants.
The sad thing about all this is who controls what happens next. If its Mrs Comber, nothing, except that she will probably use hospice funds to try and find out who was the whistle blower, and they will be next out. The trustees will probably take what Mrs Comber says as she probably bullies them also to what she wants. thisissad
  • Score: 10

8:30pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Mouse64 says...

I have to agree, the senior managers right across the board working for Bury Hospice at the hostile and over the shops , ALL need to be re interviewed for their positions and then sent on management courses. The majority have not got a clue how to manage staff, their attitude is appalling , and as for the bullying, the main culprits as previously said ARE the senior staff, the majority have a very superior attitude to the rest of the staff and volunteers. It really is atrocious and needs serious investigation. This is public money being misused, there are members of the public still waiting for receipts for donations given weeks, months ago- what actually happened to that money? is it logged anywhere? . The more the hospice is investigated the more that will come out of the woodwork. SO WHO AND WHEN IS THE INVESTIGATION INTO THIS MISUSE OF PUBLIC MONEY AND BLATANT BULLYING AND HARASSMENT GOING TO TAKE PLACE.
I have to agree, the senior managers right across the board working for Bury Hospice at the hostile and over the shops , ALL need to be re interviewed for their positions and then sent on management courses. The majority have not got a clue how to manage staff, their attitude is appalling , and as for the bullying, the main culprits as previously said ARE the senior staff, the majority have a very superior attitude to the rest of the staff and volunteers. It really is atrocious and needs serious investigation. This is public money being misused, there are members of the public still waiting for receipts for donations given weeks, months ago- what actually happened to that money? is it logged anywhere? . The more the hospice is investigated the more that will come out of the woodwork. SO WHO AND WHEN IS THE INVESTIGATION INTO THIS MISUSE OF PUBLIC MONEY AND BLATANT BULLYING AND HARASSMENT GOING TO TAKE PLACE. Mouse64
  • Score: 11

10:08pm Thu 31 Jul 14

moggi says...

Hi i am a fundraiser for bury hospice unpaid the fundraising staff are fab people have done nothing wrong only work under the bad conditions as the head person is so not in tune with the job and needs to go then we can all carry on fundraising for Bury hospice which is a very worth while cause
Hi i am a fundraiser for bury hospice unpaid the fundraising staff are fab people have done nothing wrong only work under the bad conditions as the head person is so not in tune with the job and needs to go then we can all carry on fundraising for Bury hospice which is a very worth while cause moggi
  • Score: 10

10:11pm Thu 31 Jul 14

moggi says...

moggi wrote:
Hi i am a fundraiser for bury hospice unpaid the fundraising staff are fab people have done nothing wrong only work under the bad conditions as the head person is so not in tune with the job and needs to go then we can all carry on fundraising for Bury hospice which is a very worth while cause
so very very true
[quote][p][bold]moggi[/bold] wrote: Hi i am a fundraiser for bury hospice unpaid the fundraising staff are fab people have done nothing wrong only work under the bad conditions as the head person is so not in tune with the job and needs to go then we can all carry on fundraising for Bury hospice which is a very worth while cause[/p][/quote]so very very true moggi
  • Score: 6

10:27pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Deepend says...

When is there going to be a public enquiry into all of the above , it is disgusting this is happening to our hospice, I personally know of bequests which haven't been acknowledged, why has this CEO got a company registered in her name , which doesn't have a website, what has been done to ensure she is safeguarding the peoples money given to the hospice, where is the audit
When is there going to be a public enquiry into all of the above , it is disgusting this is happening to our hospice, I personally know of bequests which haven't been acknowledged, why has this CEO got a company registered in her name , which doesn't have a website, what has been done to ensure she is safeguarding the peoples money given to the hospice, where is the audit Deepend
  • Score: 12

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