Health boss 'disturbed' by staff exits

Health boss 'disturbed' by staff exits

Health boss 'disturbed' by staff exits

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A HEALTH boss is 'disturbed' by the amount of staff leaving the healthcare trust.

The level of turnover of workers, including nurses, is a concern, Non-Executive Director Keith Gilchrist told a Bucks Healtchare NHS Trust meeting on Wednesday.

He said: "I'm disturbed by the increasing turnover of nursing staff. I'm really concerned that our skill base is turning over."

Speaking about salaries compared to other health trust areas such as London, he said: "The rate of pay may still be an issue."

The latest figures, discussed on Wednesday, showed this year to date turnover for the trust as a whole is 12.8 per cent, up from 12.1 per cent in May. In June there was a drop in 19 staff.

There were nine fewer nurses and ten fewer Allied Health Professionals.

The report said the majority of leavers were resignations with the most common reasons being ‘work-life balance’ and ‘lack of opportunity’.

The document stated: "We continue to focus on retention of nursing staff (qualified and unqualified).

"There has been a higher number of leavers than starters."

In April there were ten voluntary redundancies in the admin and clerical staff.

Mark Warner, Director of Human Resources, said there would be a raft of factors for the turnover figures and said officials are looking to see if there are particular reasons but it is hard to pin point.

Lynne Swiatczak, Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Care Standards, said organisations can not flourish without a change over in staff, which can help bring in new ideas and perspectives.

"We do require a turnover, it's not necessarily a bad thing," she said.

Chief Executive Anne Eden said the Better Healtchare in Bucks programme, which led to changes such as the emergency medical centre closing at Wycombe Hospital and the opening instead of the Minor Injuries and Illness Unit, had to be factored into these figures.

Meanwhile, staff absence through sickness is at the lowest level since August last year.

The May figure, the latest available, of 3.6 per cent is .02 per cent lower than the annual target.

The same report said: "We would expect to see a seasonal decrease at this time of year, but believe that these figures also reflect the ongoing work across the trust to manage sickness absence."

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2:46pm Fri 2 Aug 13

Darren Hayday says...

I can think of one or two people at the top of the tree that should be leaving instead of those at the front line!
I can think of one or two people at the top of the tree that should be leaving instead of those at the front line! Darren Hayday
  • Score: 11

3:53pm Fri 2 Aug 13

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

The "health bosses' " themselves have made self serving decisions to soften the NHS for privatisation, cut services, give nurses zero-hour contracts and cut investments only to increase their own salaries. Now the staff have been so demoralised that they simply quitting the NHS. Then these same "health bosses' " try to put the blame on really low paid, de-valued staff and blame them for staff shortage.... Shame on you.!
The "health bosses' " themselves have made self serving decisions to soften the NHS for privatisation, cut services, give nurses zero-hour contracts and cut investments only to increase their own salaries. Now the staff have been so demoralised that they simply quitting the NHS. Then these same "health bosses' " try to put the blame on really low paid, de-valued staff and blame them for staff shortage.... Shame on you.! Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: 9

7:19pm Fri 2 Aug 13

geoffW says...

Every time something seems to be wrong Anne Eden pops up with "an explanation" suggesting that it was a one off. Bucks has more "one-offs" than Russell Brand!

It is about time that Bucks got the healthcare it deserves and pays for. Healthcare with good leadership. Not healthcare run by people who obviously aren't up to the job, yet still get paid 5 times the average wage.
Every time something seems to be wrong Anne Eden pops up with "an explanation" suggesting that it was a one off. Bucks has more "one-offs" than Russell Brand! It is about time that Bucks got the healthcare it deserves and pays for. Healthcare with good leadership. Not healthcare run by people who obviously aren't up to the job, yet still get paid 5 times the average wage. geoffW
  • Score: 6

11:48pm Fri 2 Aug 13

Stand up for England says...

For me this says it all. In just this article, the following Executives/Directors are mentioned;
Chief Executive Anne Eden;
Lynne Swiatczak, Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Care Standards;
Mark Warner, Director of Human Resources;
Non-Executive Director Keith Gilchrist;
Why are there all these chiefs? It's about nursing for Christ's sake. All these so called Executives/Directors have done nothing but destroy what was a healthcare system. Looking at what we have now, I can only conclude that they are both incompetent and a waste of money. Pathetic excuses used to cover up their failings. The whole situation is pathetic !!
For me this says it all. In just this article, the following Executives/Directors are mentioned; Chief Executive Anne Eden; Lynne Swiatczak, Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Care Standards; Mark Warner, Director of Human Resources; Non-Executive Director Keith Gilchrist; Why are there all these chiefs? It's about nursing for Christ's sake. All these so called Executives/Directors have done nothing but destroy what was a healthcare system. Looking at what we have now, I can only conclude that they are both incompetent and a waste of money. Pathetic excuses used to cover up their failings. The whole situation is pathetic !! Stand up for England
  • Score: 7

5:09pm Sat 3 Aug 13

Edgar Brooks says...

It's simple, really; every capital letter adds a "0" to their salary.
It's simple, really; every capital letter adds a "0" to their salary. Edgar Brooks
  • Score: 0

7:17am Mon 5 Aug 13

williamjames says...

The reasons for leaving of "‘work-life balance’ and ‘lack of opportunity’. " are strong indications of lack of job satisfaction, a problem that can be laid directlt at the door of management.

Is it not high time that the faceless executive members of the trust were replaced with those that actively sought to provide a proper service to the people of Wycombe and Sounth Buckinghamshire.

It is time that the board listened to their staff and the people of the are and delivered that which is required.
The reasons for leaving of "‘work-life balance’ and ‘lack of opportunity’. " are strong indications of lack of job satisfaction, a problem that can be laid directlt at the door of management. Is it not high time that the faceless executive members of the trust were replaced with those that actively sought to provide a proper service to the people of Wycombe and Sounth Buckinghamshire. It is time that the board listened to their staff and the people of the are and delivered that which is required. williamjames
  • Score: 0

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