Fears raised over north Cumbria hospitals maternity shake-up plan
Last updated at 08:32, Wednesday, 25 July 2012
North Cumbria could face a potentially “dangerous” shortage of experienced midwives if a proposed shake-up of the service goes ahead as planned, unions have warned.
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@TB, I echo the exact points as both Dee and BM. You suggest that I should hold no opinion as to how the trusts are run as it doesnât concern me? Wrong, I like millions of other hard working people have paid taxes for years and I would hope in the society we live in that the general publics opinion does count!! I canât proclaim to know how the hospital is run, but as Dee pointed out, to compare it to the running of Mcdonalds is beyond belief. Regardless of what I or you or anyone else thinks, the underlying theme is that if frontline staff are fundamentally the most important aspect of the hospital and therefore need to feel valued and appreciated. This is both for their own moral and for the safety of the patients in their care!!
@Anon, I appreciate what youâre saying about the focus being on frontline staff, however this is because they are the ones in direct contact with patients. Patients fear that if these roles are lost the so too will be the standard of service they receive.
It is fair to criticise the outcomes. Is the hospital providing the necessary service, its coverage, its performance?That doesnt mean that you, I or the unions know better. How it is managed is for the managers to decide.Running a hospital is exactly the same as running any other large business. A business needs to run to a budget, whether the business is for profit or not. All large organisations have things in common.I did not 'verbally attack' a pregnant woman. It cannot be 'verbal' if it is in the written form. And the woman in question, I'm sure does not feel 'vulnerable' because she is pregnant.I am not the one trying to scare her about changes to a system that she had no knowledge of, to a system she will still have no knowledge of and somehow make her feel that her unborn child is at risk.That was the unions not me. Unions have a place in the system, but they arent in charge and they never work intentionally in the favour of the users.
No TB, how the hospital is run and what impact changes may have is very much Sam's business and the business of every person that funds it. That's us, the taxpayers. Although your point about the motives of the unions may be well have an element of truth to it, it is almost certainly indicative of a well-entrenched tory ideology you have become the messageboard's flag-waver for. However, your response to Sam was overly callous, pointlessly dismissive and lacking in respect. She is entitled to her opinion without having to endure your sanctimonious and demeaning comment. Your anti-union opinion could have been made without verbally attacking a pregnant lady. But then again, Tory Boys are not known for their social sensitivity are they?