Letter: Further cuts loom over hospital again

Ernie Mackenzie says hospital services' staff should be praised not targeted for cuts.
Ernie Mackenzie says hospital services' staff should be praised not targeted for cuts.

I see the subject of services at Bridlington Hospital has surfaced again. Last time the subject of services at Brid Hospital was reported in the Free Press, Sir Greg Knight was in favour of hospital chiefs’ plans of changes to services at Brid Hospital.

Sir Greg Knight made the astonishing statement of “Every penny that the NHS spends on cleaners, porters and catering is a penny less that is available to spend on doctors, nurses and medical care.” It looks like hospital chiefs are undervaluing the staff services at Brid Hospital with plans of termination of their existing contracts of terms and conditions of employment with the NHS, then to redeploy Brid Hospital services with a new company that will operate inside the trust.

If these changes are made to Brid Hospital services, the staff that perform these services will no longer benefit from the same terms and conditions that they had when employed by the NHS. The York Hospital NHS Trust says that other trusts that have taken this step have benefited from securing their hospital services. Who are they trying to kid? This is about one thing – money.

The folk that staff Brid Hospital services are dedicated, talented, caring and professional group of people. It’s about time NHS trusts stop targeting hospital services, doctors and nurses and target their own CEOs, chairmen, directors and trustees when they look at making cuts.

Ernie Mackenzie

Gammons Lane

Watford