More job losses at cash-strapped Bury Hospice

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FRESH job losses have been announced at Bury Hospice as services at the cash-strapped charity continue to shrink - despite increased NHS funding.

Last week, health bosses announced a £124,000 cash lifeline would fund six overnight beds, day care services and hospice at home until the end of March.

But on Friday, a new swathe of redundancies was announced, including the loss of senior nurses, a complementary therapist, and cleaning and catering staff.

Three clinical manager posts have been axed and will be replaced with one nursing manager, who will run the inpatient unit, hospice at home and day hospice services.

Bury Hospice’s complementary therapist, who provides comfort and relaxation treatments, has also been made redundant alongside a cook and a kitchen assistant, while others have been given reduced hours.

The day hospice service, which provides care for 30 patients across three days and already has a waiting list, will now be open one day a week for around 10 people.

Hospice at home has been “reconfigured” to 120 hours a week, but staff say this remains a reduction from the 165-hour service provided two months ago, as a nurse who left was not replaced.

One of three fundraising positions has been made redundant, but will be replaced by two new part-time fundraisers and a fundraising manager.

Last Wednesday, Bury’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) confirmed the hospice would be given extra funding of £124,000 on top of the £305,000 it already receives from the NHS.

A condition of the deal was that the CCG’s auditors were able to review the hospice’s governance arrangements to check the books are being balanced as effectively as possible.

A current member of nursing staff, who did not wish to be named, said: “Agency nurses are being hired and are being paid a higher wage than staff nurses, but cannot do the same jobs and do not have that bond with patients that is such a key part of palliative care.

“Not having a complementary therapist is madness. That should be right at the core of a hospice and Bury could be one of the only hospices in the country which does not have one.”

Another member of staff added: “Clinical redundancies mean the loss of highly experienced and dedicated nurses, leaving junior staff with no guidance or support.

“There have been no changes made to administrative and retail staff or the jobs of senior non-clinical managers.

“Does the hospice really need management roles more than senior nurses with years of experience who provide direct patient care, the reason the hospice exists in the first place?”

A hospice spokesman said the management and board of trustees have been reducing costs “in all areas of operation” over the past 12 months.

He confirmed that three clinical posts would be made redundant and one created, operational support services reduced, catering and housekeeping restructured and working hours in other areas impacted.

The spokesman added: “We welcome the extra £124,000 from the CCG and its commitment to review how funding for end-of-life care in Bury will be provided in the future.

“This increase in funding until March, 2015, along with our projected income, will provide six overnight beds, one day a week of day care and a reconfigured hospice at home service.

“We are restructuring the fundraising operation in order to be better equipped to meet the financial challenges ahead and have entered into redundancy consultation with staff.

“We have jointly agreed with the CCG for an internal audit to be undertaken to demonstrate openness and transparency in how the hospice is managed.

“Once again, we thank the people of Bury and appeal for their continued support.”

Cllr James Frith, who has collected more than 4,000 signatures for his Save Bury Hospice campaign, has called for a public meeting.

He said: “Bury Hospice belongs to everyone in Bury, so we should have a say in what those services need to be.

“We need a public event to allow for an open discussion on what is needed for the future. This should include NHS Bury, patient and staff representatives, members of the public and the hospice itself.”

Dr Kiran Patel, chairman of Bury CCG, said: “Over the coming months, our clinicians will be reviewing and redesigning the end of life care pathway as a whole to best meet the needs of the people of Bury.

“It is anticipated that elements of the service currently provided by Bury Hospice will feature in this redesigned service.”

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6:48pm Thu 14 Aug 14

greymater says...

Have the books been looked at?
Why make a fundraiser redundant and then employ 2 part timers and a fund raising manager?
Didn't the Hospice management get rid of a fundraising Manager earlier on in the year?
Terrible to think that the people of Bury raised money and will not get the benefit from it.
Are any admin/PA staff being made redundant?
Has the CEO any comments to make?
Is she not the spokesperson?
Where is the leadership!!!!!!!
Why is there a need for a new re-designed service after only being opened for just over a year?
Lots of questions need to be answered. The people of Bury and surrounding areas need to know what is going on because this Hospice belongs to them.
Have the books been looked at? Why make a fundraiser redundant and then employ 2 part timers and a fund raising manager? Didn't the Hospice management get rid of a fundraising Manager earlier on in the year? Terrible to think that the people of Bury raised money and will not get the benefit from it. Are any admin/PA staff being made redundant? Has the CEO any comments to make? Is she not the spokesperson? Where is the leadership!!!!!!! Why is there a need for a new re-designed service after only being opened for just over a year? Lots of questions need to be answered. The people of Bury and surrounding areas need to know what is going on because this Hospice belongs to them. greymater
  • Score: 35

7:59am Fri 15 Aug 14

AndyBury says...

This is an essential service that enables people to die with a little dignity
The NHS should hang it's head in shame at the miniscule amount of funding (i think 17% ) that it provides for this service , the rest i believe is by donation
Then you have to ask yourself ,does a small service like this , need high paid executives to over see it ?
If the NHS can still find money to provide cosmetic surgery (boob jobs etc)and gender reassignment ,
and other non essential procedures
then i'm sure a few quid can be found to give a few people a bit of comfort in their final days
Some of these top managers in the NHS should look at the amount of money they cost the service and question weather they are really worth it ?

Disgusting !
This is an essential service that enables people to die with a little dignity The NHS should hang it's head in shame at the miniscule amount of funding (i think 17% ) that it provides for this service , the rest i believe is by donation Then you have to ask yourself ,does a small service like this , need high paid executives to over see it ? If the NHS can still find money to provide cosmetic surgery (boob jobs etc)and gender reassignment , and other non essential procedures then i'm sure a few quid can be found to give a few people a bit of comfort in their final days Some of these top managers in the NHS should look at the amount of money they cost the service and question weather they are really worth it ? Disgusting ! AndyBury
  • Score: 22

9:22am Fri 15 Aug 14

Coulter12 says...

says....

What a disgrace the situation is at Bury hospice having been involved with the hospice for many years, it saddens and makes me very angry that essential staff are been treated in such a manner. I know personally these staff members, they do not deserve to be treated in such a way, they love their work and are very special people, its takes a very special person to work in palliative care, the staff are dedicated and long serving, and are broken by this treatment!!!!!

Why are managers not being streamlined and made redundant, why does the Chief Executive not make a statement and she herself take a Salary cut!!!!!! Its absolutely disgraceful.

These brave nurses who have whistle blown, and it was a very brave thing to do, because of the consequences , have been left high and dry!!

Why is there not an inquiry into what is going on at the hospice, we the people of bury and surrounding area, need to know. Its through fund raising that the hospice has survived over the last 21 years, and the dedication of the nurses and all the staff involved, and the good will of the people.

Well i think the good will has now gone, and questions need to be answered, why does the Chief Executive think she can stay silent and not answer her accusers!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!
says.... What a disgrace the situation is at Bury hospice having been involved with the hospice for many years, it saddens and makes me very angry that essential staff are been treated in such a manner. I know personally these staff members, they do not deserve to be treated in such a way, they love their work and are very special people, its takes a very special person to work in palliative care, the staff are dedicated and long serving, and are broken by this treatment!!!!! Why are managers not being streamlined and made redundant, why does the Chief Executive not make a statement and she herself take a Salary cut!!!!!! Its absolutely disgraceful. These brave nurses who have whistle blown, and it was a very brave thing to do, because of the consequences , have been left high and dry!! Why is there not an inquiry into what is going on at the hospice, we the people of bury and surrounding area, need to know. Its through fund raising that the hospice has survived over the last 21 years, and the dedication of the nurses and all the staff involved, and the good will of the people. Well i think the good will has now gone, and questions need to be answered, why does the Chief Executive think she can stay silent and not answer her accusers!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!! Coulter12
  • Score: 29

10:55am Fri 15 Aug 14

CarolAE says...

Absolutely disgraceful how senior nurses with yrs of experience and dedication to patients are being treated. This government needs to stop funding overseas aid and start realising charity begins at home. The people of Bury need this place. Could the old site which is being turned into a children's hospice be left closed and keep the new hospice opened with maybe the upstairs for adults and the downstairs for children. It will only be a matter of time otherwise before Grace's Place is closed (if it does even get opened) due to lack of funding. The people of Bury deserve somewhere to go in their last days. Reduce the salaries of the chief execs cos in my opinion they don't do half as valueable a job as the nurses and staff who are hands on at the hospice do!!
Absolutely disgraceful how senior nurses with yrs of experience and dedication to patients are being treated. This government needs to stop funding overseas aid and start realising charity begins at home. The people of Bury need this place. Could the old site which is being turned into a children's hospice be left closed and keep the new hospice opened with maybe the upstairs for adults and the downstairs for children. It will only be a matter of time otherwise before Grace's Place is closed (if it does even get opened) due to lack of funding. The people of Bury deserve somewhere to go in their last days. Reduce the salaries of the chief execs cos in my opinion they don't do half as valueable a job as the nurses and staff who are hands on at the hospice do!! CarolAE
  • Score: 21

11:56am Fri 15 Aug 14

SHEILAMCCAFFREY says...

Coulter12 wrote:
says....

What a disgrace the situation is at Bury hospice having been involved with the hospice for many years, it saddens and makes me very angry that essential staff are been treated in such a manner. I know personally these staff members, they do not deserve to be treated in such a way, they love their work and are very special people, its takes a very special person to work in palliative care, the staff are dedicated and long serving, and are broken by this treatment!!!!!

Why are managers not being streamlined and made redundant, why does the Chief Executive not make a statement and she herself take a Salary cut!!!!!! Its absolutely disgraceful.

These brave nurses who have whistle blown, and it was a very brave thing to do, because of the consequences , have been left high and dry!!

Why is there not an inquiry into what is going on at the hospice, we the people of bury and surrounding area, need to know. Its through fund raising that the hospice has survived over the last 21 years, and the dedication of the nurses and all the staff involved, and the good will of the people.

Well i think the good will has now gone, and questions need to be answered, why does the Chief Executive think she can stay silent and not answer her accusers!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!
well said yes why arnt management takeing pay cuts
[quote][p][bold]Coulter12[/bold] wrote: says.... What a disgrace the situation is at Bury hospice having been involved with the hospice for many years, it saddens and makes me very angry that essential staff are been treated in such a manner. I know personally these staff members, they do not deserve to be treated in such a way, they love their work and are very special people, its takes a very special person to work in palliative care, the staff are dedicated and long serving, and are broken by this treatment!!!!! Why are managers not being streamlined and made redundant, why does the Chief Executive not make a statement and she herself take a Salary cut!!!!!! Its absolutely disgraceful. These brave nurses who have whistle blown, and it was a very brave thing to do, because of the consequences , have been left high and dry!! Why is there not an inquiry into what is going on at the hospice, we the people of bury and surrounding area, need to know. Its through fund raising that the hospice has survived over the last 21 years, and the dedication of the nurses and all the staff involved, and the good will of the people. Well i think the good will has now gone, and questions need to be answered, why does the Chief Executive think she can stay silent and not answer her accusers!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]well said yes why arnt management takeing pay cuts SHEILAMCCAFFREY
  • Score: 13

11:59am Fri 15 Aug 14

SHEILAMCCAFFREY says...

SHEILAMCCAFFREY wrote:
Coulter12 wrote:
says....

What a disgrace the situation is at Bury hospice having been involved with the hospice for many years, it saddens and makes me very angry that essential staff are been treated in such a manner. I know personally these staff members, they do not deserve to be treated in such a way, they love their work and are very special people, its takes a very special person to work in palliative care, the staff are dedicated and long serving, and are broken by this treatment!!!!!

Why are managers not being streamlined and made redundant, why does the Chief Executive not make a statement and she herself take a Salary cut!!!!!! Its absolutely disgraceful.

These brave nurses who have whistle blown, and it was a very brave thing to do, because of the consequences , have been left high and dry!!

Why is there not an inquiry into what is going on at the hospice, we the people of bury and surrounding area, need to know. Its through fund raising that the hospice has survived over the last 21 years, and the dedication of the nurses and all the staff involved, and the good will of the people.

Well i think the good will has now gone, and questions need to be answered, why does the Chief Executive think she can stay silent and not answer her accusers!!!!!!!!!!!!


!!!!!!!!!!!
well said yes why arnt management takeing pay cuts
yes i agree why does jackie not make a statement
[quote][p][bold]SHEILAMCCAFFREY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Coulter12[/bold] wrote: says.... What a disgrace the situation is at Bury hospice having been involved with the hospice for many years, it saddens and makes me very angry that essential staff are been treated in such a manner. I know personally these staff members, they do not deserve to be treated in such a way, they love their work and are very special people, its takes a very special person to work in palliative care, the staff are dedicated and long serving, and are broken by this treatment!!!!! Why are managers not being streamlined and made redundant, why does the Chief Executive not make a statement and she herself take a Salary cut!!!!!! Its absolutely disgraceful. These brave nurses who have whistle blown, and it was a very brave thing to do, because of the consequences , have been left high and dry!! Why is there not an inquiry into what is going on at the hospice, we the people of bury and surrounding area, need to know. Its through fund raising that the hospice has survived over the last 21 years, and the dedication of the nurses and all the staff involved, and the good will of the people. Well i think the good will has now gone, and questions need to be answered, why does the Chief Executive think she can stay silent and not answer her accusers!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]well said yes why arnt management takeing pay cuts[/p][/quote]yes i agree why does jackie not make a statement SHEILAMCCAFFREY
  • Score: 15

12:02pm Fri 15 Aug 14

SHEILAMCCAFFREY says...

i was asked several times in bury this morning are any menagement being made redundant?????????
i was asked several times in bury this morning are any menagement being made redundant????????? SHEILAMCCAFFREY
  • Score: 14

7:06pm Sun 17 Aug 14

White Admiral says...

Well done Councillor Frith for calling a public meeting. As I mentioned earlier, the Trustees and General Manager will NOT do the honourable thing and “Fall on their own swords ........but may be such a meeting will embarrass them in to resigning. You the people of Bury need to attend this meeting. You need to consider the lack of respect that given to you the people of Bury, the members of staff as well as the patients. Those of you who have witnessed bad practice need to attend and also speak up. Make it clear that you are not happy with how the hospice is run and call for their resignations. Those nurses and other staff members, whose livelihoods have been taken away from them in the cruellest possible way, need to immediately consult with their Trade Unions and consider effective ways of collective action, for they are now at the mercy of a very repressive and unfair aspect of UK employment legislation, enforced by an equally repressive and unfair management/Trustees.

So Councillor Frith, now is the time to liaise with the Bury Times and call a public meeting. The people of Bury need to have to be heard and have a say in how their Hospice is to be run in the future.
Well done Councillor Frith for calling a public meeting. As I mentioned earlier, the Trustees and General Manager will NOT do the honourable thing and “Fall on their own swords ........but may be such a meeting will embarrass them in to resigning. You the people of Bury need to attend this meeting. You need to consider the lack of respect that given to you the people of Bury, the members of staff as well as the patients. Those of you who have witnessed bad practice need to attend and also speak up. Make it clear that you are not happy with how the hospice is run and call for their resignations. Those nurses and other staff members, whose livelihoods have been taken away from them in the cruellest possible way, need to immediately consult with their Trade Unions and consider effective ways of collective action, for they are now at the mercy of a very repressive and unfair aspect of UK employment legislation, enforced by an equally repressive and unfair management/Trustees. So Councillor Frith, now is the time to liaise with the Bury Times and call a public meeting. The people of Bury need to have to be heard and have a say in how their Hospice is to be run in the future. White Admiral
  • Score: 11

9:23pm Tue 19 Aug 14

karenmurray says...

SHEILAMCCAFFREY wrote:
SHEILAMCCAFFREY wrote:
Coulter12 wrote:
says....

What a disgrace the situation is at Bury hospice having been involved with the hospice for many years, it saddens and makes me very angry that essential staff are been treated in such a manner. I know personally these staff members, they do not deserve to be treated in such a way, they love their work and are very special people, its takes a very special person to work in palliative care, the staff are dedicated and long serving, and are broken by this treatment!!!!!

Why are managers not being streamlined and made redundant, why does the Chief Executive not make a statement and she herself take a Salary cut!!!!!! Its absolutely disgraceful.

These brave nurses who have whistle blown, and it was a very brave thing to do, because of the consequences , have been left high and dry!!

Why is there not an inquiry into what is going on at the hospice, we the people of bury and surrounding area, need to know. Its through fund raising that the hospice has survived over the last 21 years, and the dedication of the nurses and all the staff involved, and the good will of the people.

Well i think the good will has now gone, and questions need to be answered, why does the Chief Executive think she can stay silent and not answer her accusers!!!!!!!!!!!!



!!!!!!!!!!!
well said yes why arnt management takeing pay cuts
yes i agree why does jackie not make a statement
Having had my auntie in Bury Hospice at the beginning of the year before she died I feel saddened that these caring nurses,cleaners,etc are being treated so awful at Bury Hospice. Under freedom of information I think we need to see the salary of the managing director and the rest of the management. Perhaps if they took a salary cut then other jobs could be saved? The care my auntie and our family received cannot be provided with such a staff reduction. Where exactly do all the funds go? A friend recently wanted to buy a piece of equipment for the hospice and was told all donations have to go in the one pot? What is this one pot? Where exactly are all the funds being spent? In the end she asked staff what was needed and bought it but this was frowned upon? I think an audit and public enquiry is needed into the management of staff and how they are treated in their workplace as at the moment they are being treated appalling. Many people fundraise on a weekly basis and donate vast sums of money so it all needs looking into so the people of Bury can feel confident their hard fundraising efforts are being spent correctly and not on overpaid management agency staff when nurses and cleaners and cooks are being got rid of. Well done to the people that have made the people of Bury aware of this situation. What has Lisa Riley the patron got to say too?? I hope the outcome of all of this is the right one for people of Bury so loved ones can be cared for in a dignified way just like my auntie was.
[quote][p][bold]SHEILAMCCAFFREY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SHEILAMCCAFFREY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Coulter12[/bold] wrote: says.... What a disgrace the situation is at Bury hospice having been involved with the hospice for many years, it saddens and makes me very angry that essential staff are been treated in such a manner. I know personally these staff members, they do not deserve to be treated in such a way, they love their work and are very special people, its takes a very special person to work in palliative care, the staff are dedicated and long serving, and are broken by this treatment!!!!! Why are managers not being streamlined and made redundant, why does the Chief Executive not make a statement and she herself take a Salary cut!!!!!! Its absolutely disgraceful. These brave nurses who have whistle blown, and it was a very brave thing to do, because of the consequences , have been left high and dry!! Why is there not an inquiry into what is going on at the hospice, we the people of bury and surrounding area, need to know. Its through fund raising that the hospice has survived over the last 21 years, and the dedication of the nurses and all the staff involved, and the good will of the people. Well i think the good will has now gone, and questions need to be answered, why does the Chief Executive think she can stay silent and not answer her accusers!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]well said yes why arnt management takeing pay cuts[/p][/quote]yes i agree why does jackie not make a statement[/p][/quote]Having had my auntie in Bury Hospice at the beginning of the year before she died I feel saddened that these caring nurses,cleaners,etc are being treated so awful at Bury Hospice. Under freedom of information I think we need to see the salary of the managing director and the rest of the management. Perhaps if they took a salary cut then other jobs could be saved? The care my auntie and our family received cannot be provided with such a staff reduction. Where exactly do all the funds go? A friend recently wanted to buy a piece of equipment for the hospice and was told all donations have to go in the one pot? What is this one pot? Where exactly are all the funds being spent? In the end she asked staff what was needed and bought it but this was frowned upon? I think an audit and public enquiry is needed into the management of staff and how they are treated in their workplace as at the moment they are being treated appalling. Many people fundraise on a weekly basis and donate vast sums of money so it all needs looking into so the people of Bury can feel confident their hard fundraising efforts are being spent correctly and not on overpaid management agency staff when nurses and cleaners and cooks are being got rid of. Well done to the people that have made the people of Bury aware of this situation. What has Lisa Riley the patron got to say too?? I hope the outcome of all of this is the right one for people of Bury so loved ones can be cared for in a dignified way just like my auntie was. karenmurray
  • Score: 4

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