How does hospital fine help anyone?

How does fining York Hospital help anyone, asks the writer of our letter?

How does fining York Hospital help anyone, asks the writer of our letter?

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I WONDER if Hugh Bayley could explain something to poor confused voters like me who don’t understand the workings of the political mind.

York Hospital has just been fined £8.5 million under a system set up by the last Labour Government (The Press, February 19), but who does that help?

It can’t help the people of York who desperately need the services (and we’ve already paid for it, after all). It won’t help the doctors, nurses and other front-line staff who are already under immense pressure from ridiculous targets set by politicians who seem incapable of making qualitative judgements any more.

The only benefactors appear to be the Treasury, who claw back yet more public spending.

If there is a case of mismanagement to answer, then the people being paid the top salaries need to be held to account and if they are guilty of repeated failure to carry out their duties then surely they need to have their contracts terminated.

But maybe Hugh can explain it more clearly.

Richard Hind, Alma Grove, York.

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12:25pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Kelvar says...

I also watched the TV program on York Hospital, and my understanding of it was - the money that the Hospital is fined goes to the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) which is the Vale of York CCG, and is made up of local GP's and other Health Professionals..who then use this said 'fine' to implement 'innovative improvements' which should supposedly benefit the whole community! Which seems to be a rather half-assed way of saying' Lets take valuable resources from the Hospital, and 'sink' it somewhere in the community'!! Surely leaving the Hospital the money would enable it to provide better health care where it's needed - ie. AT THE HOSPITAL...
I also watched the TV program on York Hospital, and my understanding of it was - the money that the Hospital is fined goes to the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) which is the Vale of York CCG, and is made up of local GP's and other Health Professionals..who then use this said 'fine' to implement 'innovative improvements' which should supposedly benefit the whole community! Which seems to be a rather half-assed way of saying' Lets take valuable resources from the Hospital, and 'sink' it somewhere in the community'!! Surely leaving the Hospital the money would enable it to provide better health care where it's needed - ie. AT THE HOSPITAL... Kelvar
  • Score: 7

12:43pm Fri 21 Feb 14

CaroleBaines says...

Good letter - have always wondered this too.
Good letter - have always wondered this too. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 7

1:35pm Fri 21 Feb 14

CHISSY1 says...

Why ask a politician about the workings of a political mind.They cant give you a straight answer,thats why they are politicians..
Why ask a politician about the workings of a political mind.They cant give you a straight answer,thats why they are politicians.. CHISSY1
  • Score: 3

2:35pm Fri 21 Feb 14

NickPheas says...

I might have missed this, but why the attack on Hugh Bayley? It's not his party imposing this stupid fine. Perhaps Julian Sturdy might be a better one to ask.
I might have missed this, but why the attack on Hugh Bayley? It's not his party imposing this stupid fine. Perhaps Julian Sturdy might be a better one to ask. NickPheas
  • Score: -1

2:50pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Dr Robert says...

Is not Hugh Bayley York's member of parliament, and therefore should be aware of all things concerning York.
Is not Hugh Bayley York's member of parliament, and therefore should be aware of all things concerning York. Dr Robert
  • Score: 0

3:30pm Fri 21 Feb 14

tricky1992000 says...

Dr Robert wrote:
Is not Hugh Bayley York's member of parliament, and therefore should be aware of all things concerning York.
Hugh bayley does what ever the party tells him (apart from claim expenses for his winter fuel bill and his monthly groceries) the marginal emergency tariff (the system than fines hospitals) was intruduced in 2009/2010. Now who were in power then?
[quote][p][bold]Dr Robert[/bold] wrote: Is not Hugh Bayley York's member of parliament, and therefore should be aware of all things concerning York.[/p][/quote]Hugh bayley does what ever the party tells him (apart from claim expenses for his winter fuel bill and his monthly groceries) the marginal emergency tariff (the system than fines hospitals) was intruduced in 2009/2010. Now who were in power then? tricky1992000
  • Score: 4

9:36am Sat 22 Feb 14

oi oi savaloy says...

Dr Robert wrote:
Is not Hugh Bayley York's member of parliament, and therefore should be aware of all things concerning York.
hugh bailey is more interested in all things concerning Africa! he as no interest in York at all!
[quote][p][bold]Dr Robert[/bold] wrote: Is not Hugh Bayley York's member of parliament, and therefore should be aware of all things concerning York.[/p][/quote]hugh bailey is more interested in all things concerning Africa! he as no interest in York at all! oi oi savaloy
  • Score: 1

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