King’s Mill Hospital slammed for creating new executive post

A King’s Mill hospital whistleblower says staff morale is at an all time low after bosses revealed a new executive role was being created amid fears over sweeping job cuts.

Staff were told on Monday the new role of deputy chief executive for Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust, the Primary Care Trust which runs King’s Mill, would be filled by current acting chief exec Carolyn White.

It is believed interviews for the vacant chief executive role are taking place this week.

The news follows April’s announcement the Trust needed to wipe £8 million from its pay spending in the next year in an attempt to bridge a £46 million funding gap.

Hospital bosses refused to reveal the salary that the new role would command.The medical staff member, who asked not to be named, said: “This job is being created at a time when we are told huge savings need to be made.

“There was a lot of anger (at the meeting), worry and a feeling that money is being spent to protect senior management when at the same time frontline staff are fearing for their jobs.”

“There are a lot of questions about how we can afford this job at a time when we have got to find millions of pounds because of the lack of funding.”

Speaking yesterday, chairman for Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust, Tracy Doucét said the new role was key to the future success of the trust’s hospitals.

“I met with staff side colleagues this morning to listen to their views. We work closely together and I do understand the concerns of staff and the timing of this announcement.

“The Board of Directors and union representatives all agreed that what really matters most to our patients, and to our staff, is that we continue to succeed with our ambitious plans to develop a wider range of services for our community and that we work together to deliver the very best care for our patients.

The role of deputy chief executive is therefore key to the future success of our hospitals.

This appointment will help to protect and safeguard jobs, creating new opportunities for the future, whilst continuing to ensure that quality remains our number one priority.”

No-one from King’s Mill workers’ union Unison was available for comment yesterday.