The lunatic responsible should be sacked. The pity is these sort of things are no longer surprising and nobody will be held responsible.
The NHS trust in Warwickshire have just played a blinder. After several years of successful Blood bikes at NO COST to the Nhs, the trust has decided to award a private company based in the North East a financial contract which will cost the trust £700000 THe company that has won the contract is ultimately owned by a north East Nhs Trust so wooden dollars involved, The bikers weren't given the opportunity to tender
Attached the press release at first I though an April fools joke sadly it isn't
the world has gone mad
PRESS RELEASE | wsbb
Seems odd on the face of it, would like to hear an explanation as to why before making judgement. At my time in life Iíve learned to listen to both sides before jumping in.
I can't imagine anything underhand could possibly have been done with a £14million contract at stake. Some amount of work it would seem outside the remit of the blood riders excluded them from tendering. ITV, BBC are showing interest in the story.
Last edited by Fazerloz; 02-04-2019 at 09:01.
Mainstream media have latched on the last couple of days
I have a simple question to the trustees remembering there is no concern with current Provision
How do you justify costing the trust an estimated £700 k when existing provision is efficient and free of charge ?
I wonder how many additional nurses , Operations could be undertaken for £700, 000 ? Is the NHS trust in Warwickshire really serving its patients in the best way ? Are they using budget responsibly
THe lunatics are now in control of the asylum
I was a Blood Biker up in the North West, and as well as proving emergency support we also provided a daily transport (9pm 365 days a year) for routine blood samples from a hospital without a path lab to the nearest lab. One evening I was collecting the waiting samples when a nurse came in with a blood sample. "I'll take that" I said, "It isn't for you", said the Nurse, "This is an emergency sample so I've booked a taxi for 9 o'clock, It's going to the same path lab but we need it there asap. But you can't take it because I've asked for a Taxi!".
So I set off with the routine samples and left the urgent one behind.
I got to the path lab, let them know that an urgent sample was due soon and had a brew.
It turned up 10 minutes later.
I raised this at a BB meeting. We found out that the hospital was using BB for routine jobs to save money but getting Taxis in for urgent stuff! We investigated a little further and found that we had never had a "Blue light" run for that particular hospital and 3 others. These hospitals refused to change their policy of BB for regular and non urgent work, Taxis for emergency. Their justification was that Taxis offered a 24hr service (but admitted that at busy times there would be delays), whereas we only had volunteers and might not be available. We have controllers and riders on call 24/365, on one occasion (at starting at 2am) we had to organise blood deliveries from 5 different locations for a critically ill patient with a rare blood type. We managed. We used 5 different bikers under the direction of a single controller.
I joined to help save lives not be delivery driver so I, and several others, withdrew support for hospitals using us in that way.
The NHS often claims under funding and I'm sure this happens. The problem is that bad decisions, often by relatively low level management with blinkered viewpoints, costs them a lot of money and gets bad publicity.
I hope WSBB continue the good work supporting other areas of the NHS where they are needed.
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