Big fine after 130 ambulances forced to wait outside A&E for more than an hour

Big fine after 130 ambulances forced to wait outside A&E for more than an hour

Big fine after 130 ambulances forced to wait outside A&E for more than an hour

First published in News

A PENALTY of £130,000 has been imposed after 130 ambulances were forced to wait for more than an hour outside Colchester General Hospital in just three months.

The £1,000-a-time levy, coupled with further fines issued after Colchester Hospitals Trust missed a series of treatment targets, has contributed to a predicted £15.9 million budget deficit.

Finance chiefs have responded by initiating a series of savings, including freezing recruitment for all non-medical staff.

Chief operating officer Evelyn Barker said the gap was down to a combination of missed targets and greater spending on frontline staff following the Keogh and CQC reviews, which have seen the trust placed in special measures.

See Monday's Gazette for the full story

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9:13am Mon 11 Aug 14

brooks says...

well fining them seemed to work? NOT!!
well fining them seemed to work? NOT!! brooks
  • Score: 4

9:26am Mon 11 Aug 14

jammin says...

Taking money from their already stretched resources that have caused 130 ambulances to wait longer than an hour .

Genius
Taking money from their already stretched resources that have caused 130 ambulances to wait longer than an hour . Genius jammin
  • Score: 20

10:04am Mon 11 Aug 14

Smouldering Ewok says...

This is insane.
Maybe we should fine those politicians that break their promises after they are voted in.
This is insane. Maybe we should fine those politicians that break their promises after they are voted in. Smouldering Ewok
  • Score: 14

10:07am Mon 11 Aug 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

All hospitals are failing more and more because the UK insist on treating everyone, of any nationality, for free. I always thought it was the NHS and not an International free service for anyone and everyone. If patients don't have an NHS number it should mean no treatment (other than emergencies) and they should be covered by medical insurance, like UK citizens are when abroad.
All hospitals are failing more and more because the UK insist on treating everyone, of any nationality, for free. I always thought it was the NHS and not an International free service for anyone and everyone. If patients don't have an NHS number it should mean no treatment (other than emergencies) and they should be covered by medical insurance, like UK citizens are when abroad. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 24

1:23pm Mon 11 Aug 14

julieee says...

Worth remembering when the next article about how long a person had to wait for an ambulance comes up.
Worth remembering when the next article about how long a person had to wait for an ambulance comes up. julieee
  • Score: -4

6:32pm Tue 12 Aug 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

Take it out of the chief execs wages.
Take it out of the chief execs wages. TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell
  • Score: 0

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