C and Unbelieve

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It’s an unwelcome return to Wirral Leaks to our old fiends Change! Grow! Live! , Wirral Ways To Recovery, Money,Money,Money or whatever they’re calling themselves these days!

We’re unhappy to report just how they’re earning their £7 million + from the Wirral Council Public Health budget from a thoroughly disillusioned insider:

Just when you thought Change Grow Live Wirral integrated drug and alcohol system couldn’t get any worse ‘‘just’ in keeping people alive they’ve botched it up again.

For over 4 years they have been testing people for Hep C and HIV with ‘faulty kits’ and gave some  people their hep C results as being “not positive/negative”. When in fact the tests they used were faulty and some of the people they told were negative have in fact  been positive! public health  issue I think you’ll agree? 

Everyone has to be re: tested and guess who is picking up the bill?…well its not the ‘charity’ commissioned to carry screenings out who’s income grew to £193 million last year -(which is what they’ve disclosed in their report so who knows what the actually amount is!)  but the NHS via Arrowe Park Hospital. 

How long did they know about this before acting on it… 6 months! 

Up for tender too following an increase of 29% in drug related deaths nationally. Which they conveniently relate to “an aging population”. Well indeed but coincidentally those in the brackets of ‘aging population’ when treated by professionals in the past didn’t die at such ludicrous numbers.  

Come on commissioners wake up. 

Its not working on our doorsteps. Get it right surely people’s lives are worth more?

But hey! CGL have at least got a Hepatitis C strategy. Surely it’s gotta be worth millions of pounds of public money for consistently failing their patients and the public purse?…

The Twelve Days of Christmas : Day Two – Pretty Green

 

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We don’t know about you filles et garçons but we feel as though our livers are being prepped for a catering size pack of pâté de foie gras.However we’ve hauled ourselves off the chaise longue to bring you some news that was sent to us in the run up to Christmas.

If you are driving past The Warren golf course, there might be a few photo opportunities, they have pulled in staff from all over to work on every green bunker and fairway to undertake repairs that have been neglected for years. All to make it appealing to the new sell off. Costing thousands . The work being done is unprecedented .It’s looking very, very good. Rebuilding all the bunkers. , renewing some tees, and reseeding sections of all the fairways .Can’t understand it , if they going to get rid,why spend all that money ?

Just heard that they are doing the same to Arrowe Park, these two are the ones that are going out next year, they are the only ones that show any private interest as they are used – after a fashion . The others are white elephants…
Were left wondering how long it will be after the prettification and all that lovely green land is wrapped up like a Christmas present that a property developer will realise there’s not a lot of  money to be made in this declining recreational pursuit and bungs in a planning application for luxury homes. Arrowe Park looks particularly ripe for development after the precedent of the Warrens medical centre and with the hospital already banging in a planning application for 400 car parking spaces , what’s a few residential units on an ever shrinking green amenity?

Wirral University Teaching Hospital : Imagine…there’s still no announcement on appointment of Chairman

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Following on from our Ruthless WUTH post there was the inevitable Wirral Globe headline story which read 400 new parking spaces to be created at Arrowe Park Hospital after Globe campaign . Although it must be said that 400 new car parking spaces doesn’t necessarily mean that car parking charges for nurses at Wirral University Teaching Hospital (WUTH) sites will cease.  But hey! any excuse to publish  a letter sent to Birkenhead MP Frank Field – jointly signed by interim chairman Sir David ‘Diddy’ Henshaw and CEO Janelle Holmes.

Meanwhile we have reason to believe that there are bigger issues affecting WUTH in general and Henshaw and Holmes in particular as a well placed source writes :

Wirral Leaks of 10/12/18 says the announcement of new WUTH chair imminent
This is now at least 15 days overdue and there is limited intel only.
It seems the only applicant for the post has been interviewed the process is stalled at the governors. None of whom will give any more away – for real!

You may recall when former staff nurse Janelle Holmes CEO-bulldoze-through-fest stalled – Sir David Henshaw attended, met the governors to put them right. He’s a candidate this time so there are barriers that – even a rainmaker like him -cannot be circumvented so he can’t repeating his best and only trick – the Henshaw hardline.
It seems he also lacks  insight to now take the hint and withdraw his application in a dignified manner – suppose when the good Lord gives one the hide of a rhinoceros it’s there to be used.

Sir Dave’s track record is of some latter day Red Adair – called in when things boil over to put the lid back – obviously stifling any inconvenient discussion. Then like some mountebank he leaves town before the consequences of the quick-fix become evident.
The CSA went into melt down after this approach.
At St George’s NHS Trust; once he left the problems remained.
It only required matters to enter the real world when a St. George’s surgeon challenged the regimes legitimacy in court and won for the folly of Sir Dave’s only-trick to be exposed.
WUTH has a long-enduring, deeply dysfunctional culture. The directors (he has chaired for 9 months) wilfully fail to either recognise or address this.
Industrial psychologists ought to be highly visible. No really industrial psychologists ought to be on every corridor corner and tasked with re-introducing a fair culture – no sign yet!
What has likely changed at WUTH is jeopardy- I guess (and I don’t know) that the governors have woken up to realities. The execs have for years spoon-fed pap to the governors and have cowed the non-execs. One NED (Non -Executive Director) memorably told BMA (British Medical Association) reps they would never challenge an exec – despite that being in the Non-Exec’s job description.
Simply put – in 1 year execs have put 15% of the consultants out-of action [5% suspended, 10% now work elsewhere] it’s a simple calculation: if WUTH carry on like this there will be no senior doctors left.
This ought to be clear to Sir Dave – the execs don’t seem to have got the memo – not sure about the non- execs.
Stand by for the palace revolution; if the governors have  initiative – and it’s only  exercise of their  will – the executive and non-executives will become administrators held to account by the governors.
The remuneration committee that doubled executive salaries may be reconvened – CEO Janelle Holmes earned between £300 – 305,000 (including benefits) last year; yet to hear what she got when she was promoted. The governors may – choose to pay execs for what they do and not the multiples of clinician’s salary to show who’s boss.

You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one…

 

Golf Gaffe

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We’ve long held that the Hoylake Golf Resort proposal is not so much a golf course as a Trojan horse to a housing development on the Green Belt…and we’re not the only ones who think so. A message we received this week rightly questions the Wirral Council ruling administration’s boundless passion for a sport in decline and the gaffe they’ve made in a report which highlights this fact. But then we need to remember that golf is an enthusiasm pursued by some influential people within the Council and the local business community (we’ll let you join the dots) and which inspired this lament about a senior officer who has been “spending months organising a Wallasey golf day for managers to use up their flexi to play with contractor sponsors who generously donate to your day and prizes …”

Hi Wirralleaks,

Why are the Council proposing to spend £millions of public money on building a new Golf Resort (and luxury housing estate) on Green Belt Land in Hoylake when they are proposing to “offoad” municipal courses because golf is in decline??? You couldn’t make this stuff up!

Wirral Council are reviewing their future provision of Municipal Golf Courses.

In a Golf courses Cabinet report to be presented to Cabinet next Monday, Councillor Phillip Brightmore, (cabinet Member of Leisure and Recreation) is recommending the transfer of Arrowe Park and The Warren Municipal Golf Courses to an “alternative specialist golf provider”.

Interestingly the report states “…….with the national trend in golf usage being generally down, (not just for municipal golf courses but also for the majority of private golf clubs)” and “Participation in municipal golf in Wirral is in decline and follows a national trend in that people tend to have less disposable leisure time to spend on playing a five or six hour round of golf. Those people that would have traditionally played golf in the past have migrated to a more ‘time determined’ sport (such as cycling, running,fitness) to fulfil their leisure time demands. Some smaller private member golf clubs are suffering from the same problem and it is noticeable how some ‘community’ based golf clubs have responded to this problem by reducing membership/joining fees and offering ‘pay and play’ packages which compete favourably with our existing municipal fees and charges”.

So, at a time when even the Council acknowledge that golf courses are becoming less and less financially viable – is it really the right decision to invest £millions of public money in a new Golf resort in Hoylake – or will the resort, as many believe, become just a white elephant, ripe for further housing development once the new access road and luxury housing estate has been built?

Best wishes!

Manifesto of Death

Andy Burnham gives a visual assessment of Wirral politicians.....

Andy Burnham gives a visual assessment of Wirral politicians…..

And so like Alice Cooper in a polyester suit screaming ” I Wanna Be Elected” the bullshit fiesta continues with Andy Burnham flattering Wirral with his presence this week backed with singers from the same hymn book – Sister Stooge.
” We are family ,I got all my sistas with me” sing Labour mavens Ali McGovern and Mags Greenwood as they join Andy in setting up shop in Hoylake’s Holiday Inn – and setting Wirral to rights…… starting with Arrowe Park Hospital .

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Considering that one of Frankenfield’s pet peeves is that “Arrowe Park Hospital is ungovernable” it is curious that he wasn’t involved in this particular media assault – but then the Birkenhead MP can act like a petulant diva when it comes to sharing the stage with another local MP – and particularly someone with such lovely long eyelashes as Andy Burnham! As Her Ladyship said : ” I can only hope he was an inspiration to prospective West Wirral MP Margaret Greenwood – that woman is clearly a stranger to mascara”.

Arrowe Park Hospital may be the local battleground where Labour politicians have chosen to set up their shock troops but it seems to us that they really need to get their battle plan sorted beforehand .Conflicting PR stunts made it seem like a case of left hand meet, er , left hand………  On the very same day Burnham and co were railing against the creeping privatisation of the NHS ( accelerated by the last Labour government but Andy doesn’t let facts get in the way of feigned outrage) Labour council leader Power Boy Pip was announcing a successful bid for government money to enable the private sector to play a major role in a “new model health care for Wirral” !

Pip heralded this further contribution to the dismantling of the NHS with this glorious piece of gobbledygook:

“We aim to test, evidence and disseminate the opportunities to be gained from an integrated approach with aligned incentives to manage improved outcomes for patients.”  CLICK HERE

We believe these are the weasel words which are the smoke and mirrors ultimately leading the people of Wirral to sleepwalk into the slow death of the NHS.

Of course the other part of this “integrated approach” is Wirral Council itself and particularly it’s social services. So we need to ask ourselves how has Adult Social Services (ASS) in particular been doing since the publication of damning report after damning report which lead to…… well, not much actually. From what we hear it’s very much “business unusual” with a deeply entrenched bullying culture (some parts of the department being subject to Marshall Law) and cronyism which simply Beyga’s belief……..
Under such circumstances it comes as no su prise to read claims that, in an aim reduce costs ASS, are taking “short cuts” when it comes to assessing the needs of vulnerable people.  CLICK HERE 

Wirral Leaks notes such “short cuts” usually lead to a slippery slope and that the Globe report rightly referenced the notorious and heinous 4 week delay policy which was based on the premise that costs could be cut by denying meeting the needs of vulnerable people’s legally assessed needs for at least 4 weeks in the hope that – in the words of social work “professional” – that the people they were paid to support might die in the meantime and thus save ASS a few quid.

But then we need to remember that ASS undermined the professional status of their social workers by employing non-qualified staff to undertake assessments and who are therefore less likely to question such unlawful practice.  Is it any wonder that it has been reported to us that one of these social work subs (as in substandard) recently asked a shocked and appalled carer how long their child had had Downs Syndrome! Yes folks that is what currently passes for social care assessment on Wirral and again is it any wonder that ASS are having to pay social workers extra money so they can retain the qualified staff who have been leaving in droves to spare themselves the soul-destroying,money-saving monotony which is so far removed from why came into social care in the first place.

Therefore can we suggest that before the prospective Health Secretary sees fit to share his future vision of health and social care on Wirral he needs to understand what is really going on locally and not what he’s told by local politicians and high -ranking officials……………somebody needs to whisper these 3 little words into Mr.Burnham’s ear : “Mid -Staffordshire Hospital.”