reactions to NHS plans to reduce beds at Burnham Hospital
Chairman of the Friends of Burnham Hospital has expressed mixed
opnions on plans by the NHS to temporarily cut eight beds at Burnham-On-Sea's
War Memorial Hospital.
first reported here
earlier this week, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust says
the cutbacks are part of a raft of changes across the county.
Deahl, Chairman of the Friends of Burnham Hospital, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Although, initially, I had concerns about the cut in the
number of beds at Burnham Hospital I am convinced that both patients
and staff will benefit from this decision."
who have been under severe pressure, because of staff shortages
and continuing difficulty in recruiting trained staff, will now
be able to give more time to their patients and be better able
to do the job that they entered the profession to do."
are very proud of our hospital in Burnham and patients have always
expressed their appreciation for the dedication of the hard working
staff who have operated under great stress in recent years."
"However, I do have two concerns. Firstly, this cut has been
done as a 'temporary measure' and these 'temporary measures' have
a habit of becoming permanent. Secondly, patients not being cared
for in Burnham Hospital, will be looked after in the community
or in residential homes. This is fine if there are sufficient
community services and places in residential care. I remain to
be convinced that there are."
"The Head of the NHS has recently said how important community
hospitals are in delivering local care and we, in Somerset, unlike
in some other counties near to us, still have excellent community
hospitals and these are very valuable assets."
Partnership NHS Foundation spokeswoman Victoria Eld said: "While
we recruit extra staff at Burnham-On-Sea War Memorial Community
Hospital, we will temporarily close up to eight beds. We will
constantly monitoring the impact for patients."
are temporary bed reductions and no decisions on long term closures
will be made ahead of the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Groups
Community Services Review."
no stroke rehabilitation beds are included in bed reductions -
we will be working closely with the CCG on their review of stroke
added: "There will also be no job losses, and no staff moved
from their current base wherever possible."
will engage fully with staff and stakeholders on the local impact
of these temporary closures and make sure that any changes are
introduced in a phased way to ensure we maintain appropriate access
and patient safety."
went on to explain the reason that the beds are being cut at the
hospital: "We are investing £1.3 million into community
health and mental health services to implement the Governments
new Staffer Staffing recommendations." Read the full NHS