Make or break time for RLI

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HUGE changes are expected to follow the resignation of the embattled chiefexecutive of Morecambe Bay’s hospitals trust.

The trust’s interim chair, Sir David Henshaw, who was drafted in from Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool, told staff last week that big challenges lie ahead.

After his speech was broadcast on the internet, hospital workers told The Visitor they were concerned to hear that whole departments at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary might be moved around.

Sir David also said that he believes Furness General Hospital is too large for the area it serves.

Sean Gibson, NHS regional organiser for Unison, said the important question was not who runs the trust but how it is run.

Mr Gibson added: “There is a lot of despair and a lot of anger amongst staff.

“There are a number of issues with the policies the trust has imposed. They are penalising staff who are ill and are forcing staff back to work who are ill, which is complicating infection issues they already have.

“There are concerns over the type of financial cuts and how they will impact on staffing levels.

“How did Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust manage to reach foundation status when they are in such disarray? There are fears that the trust could be privatised.”

See The Visitor (28-02-12) for full story.