Resignations prompt appeal for volunteers at Burnham Hospital
Friends Of Burnham -On-Sea Hospital have this week issued an appeal
for new volunteers following several resignations.
Tony Deahl told the group's AGM that several members of the group's
committee have resigned, citing the controversial major changes
to the organisation of the NHS as their reason.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Although the multitude of changes
were themselves very expensive to implement and very damaging
to staff morale and seemed not to have any positive impact on
patient care I did not feel that this should be a concern of the
Friends as their sole aim is to improve Burnham Hospital for the
benefit of patients and staff."
massive refurbishment of the hospital funded by the Friends and
Somerset PCT NHS Trust has brought great benefits. This was brought
about by close co-operation between the Trust and its excellent
added: "Sadly, the change of PCT has meant that this very
positive relationship has come to an end. Each change has been
morale sapping for staff and to the layman it appears that unnecessary
layers of management do little to improve hospital efficiency."
resignations have meant that the committee is no longer able to
function according to its constitution and release funds to help
patients and staff.
has therefore appealed for residents who value the hospital and
the work of the Friends to consider joining the committee, which
meets just six times a year. Anyone who is interested can join
at the next committee meeting on Tuesday 10th July at the hospital
(or phone 785727 or 783121 in advance) with no obligation to join.
invitation is open to members and non-members alike. Surely in
a town of 20,000 people we can find a committee to spend donated
money to the benefit of both the patients and staff of our hospital,"