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NHS shake-up caused missed targets admits hospital chief
A HOSPITAL chief admitted it had a “difficult year” amid a massive re-organisation of the NHS.
Dame Fiona Caldicott said the “far reaching” shake-up of April 1 was still “bedding down and having an effect”.
Funding decisions then passed from NHS Oxfordshire managers to the GP-led Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
At its annual meeting for the 2012/13 financial year this week, chief executive Sir Jonathan Michael said “bed- blocking” by OAPs is a key priority, along with psychological support for them.
Bed-blocking occurs when a patient who is well enough to leave hospital cannot be discharged because community services are not available.
Figures show the county was the worst in England 19 times since September 2011.
Providing more care at home through social services and the NHS is needed to cut hospital admissions, Sir Jonathan said.
He added that the trust, which also runs Banbury’s Horton General Hospital, wants to provide better access to services like surgery at weekends.
Sir Jonathan told the meeting at Oxford Town Hall on Monday that the trust is seeking “withdrawal from outdated buildings, especially at the Churchill Hospital.”
Performance against national targets saw: s 91.92 per cent of patients seen within 18 weeks (target 90 per cent).
s 92.5 per cent have a diagnostic test within six weeks of referral (target 99 per cent). It has pledged to cut waits to zero.
s 92.9 per cent of A&E patients seen within four hours (target 95 per cent). Winter demand had been “unprecedented” it said.
s 95.43 per cent were seen within two weeks for a first consultation with cancer doctors (target 93 per cent).
s 96.91 per cent of cancer sufferers were treated within a month of diagnosis (target 96 per cent).
The trust’s income during the year – the 12 months from April 1 2012 – was £821.9m compared to £788.2m from the year before.
But its end-of-year surplus fell from £7.6m to £3.6m.
Jacquie Pearce-Gervis, chairman of Oxfordshire watchdog Patient Voice, said: “I think all those things mentioned are splendid ideas and are long overdue.
“But let’s hope it actually happens and they do something about it as too often not enough action is taken.”
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