September 2016 Week 4

Saturday 17th September

Gloucestershire Chest Fund seeks to raise £1million towards life-saving equipment in hospitals (Gloucestershire Live)

Volunteers from the charity raise money to buy chest or respiratory equipment for our hospitals.

Four Bromsgrove graduates reach for the top with first class honours (Bromsgrove Standard) 

One of the graduates has secured employment at our hospitals

Sunday 18th September


Monday 19th September

Racing hero to take part in walk ending in Cirencester Park to raise money for local hospitals (Wilts & Glos Standard)

The jockey is to Walk For Wards to raise money for our A&E

Tuesday 20th September

Financial story

NHS Trust managing Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals faces £11m deficit (Gloucestershire Live)

Follows a press release issued by our Communications Team.

Trust takes out an emergency loan (BBC Radio Glos)

BBC Radio Gloucestershire runs the story throughout the morning. Correspondent Matthew Hill on at 7am, pre-recorded interview clips with Deborah Lee used throughout morning, Deborah Live at 7.50am. Mary Hutton from CCG clip also used.

See also: Deborah Lee on the trust's financial problems  (Heart Radio)

Pre-recorded interview with Deborah played in News bulletins throughout morning.

Trust heading for unexpected deficit after governance failings (HSJ)

Subscription based publication. Article taken from the press release as issued by our Communications Team and Partner's statement.

Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust takes £20m loan (BBC online)

As above

See also: Lunchtime news (BBC Points West)

Lunchtime programme top story

See also: Unexpectedly in the red Evening News (BBC Points West)

Third news story, as below.

See also: Hospital in the red Late news (BBC Points West)

Late news top story, mentions feedback from staff regarding bills not being paid. Short interview clip of Deborah and Cllr Mark Hawthorne. 

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust takes out £20m emergency loan after shock deficit forecast (BBC Local Live)

Audio added of interview with Deborah Lee who describes this as "a really disappointing day".

Hospital Trust in vast debt despite profit forecast (ITV Westcountry)

Follows a press release issued by our Communications Team.

NHS Trust managing Stroud Maternity Unit and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital failing to meet financial targets (Stroud News & Journal)

Follows a press release issued by our Communications Team.

Calls for Inquiry after NHS announce 'black hole' in budget  (Gloucestershire Live)

Updated story adding in reactions from Cllr Mark Hawthorne and MP Richard Graham

No health economies in surplus (HSJ)

Commentary regarding the above - extract: "We await the outcome of the financial review with great interest, but in the meantime, we mourn the loss of what was supposedly the NHS's only health economy in surplus."

Trust plunges from surplus to deficit (

Roy Lilley's 'Why wouldn't you' blog links to the HSJ article with the comment: "I wonder how that happened? We cant ask the FD, they left. Does the chairman know?"

Exclusive: Huge payoff for NHS boss who oversaw multi-million pound overspend (ITV)

Interview with presenter Ian Axton who questioned Deborah closely on the terms of our finance director's resignation.

Trust heading for unexpected deficit (Healthcare today)

Links to other coverage

Other stories

"Do the right thing" patients urged to prevent A&E backlogs (Gloucestershire Live)

Proactive A&E message issued by the CCG to encourage people to use our A&Es sensibly - with comment from Dr Tom Llewellyn

See also: How long are patients waiting at A&E in Gloucestershire? (Gloucestershire Live)

Update regarding the above

Opening hours will be cut at minor injury units at county hospitals (Gloucestershire Live)

Gloucestershire Care Services makes the announcement regarding the MIUs in Stroud and Cirencester.

NHS Trust managing Stroud Maternity Unit and GRH failing to meet financial targets, independent review finds (Gazette)

As above


Wednesday 21st September


Thursday 22nd September

Financial: Shock over black hole in Trust's finances (Gloucester Review) 

Slightly more indepth article gathers quotes from our release but also those from external sources.

Of interest: Why can't Gloucestershire have its own ambulance service if response times keep being missed? (Gloucestershire Live)

News story follows a discussion at HCOSC

Friday 23rd September



For more information about today's financial announcement, take a look at our website and FAQ's:

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Our innovative car park design for Gloucester Hospital recognises number plates to reduce #traffic

I'm up at Gloucester hospital and I must say its the most ugly of all NHS hospitals @NHSEngland

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Listen to @nickyprice with @Choc_Thornton talking #WalkforWards on @BBCGlos from 4pm today!

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No faults with the hospital but parking is so expensive �

Deborah Andrews to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Many thanks to the lovely nurse who looked after me today on my visit to Opthalmology in the Orchard Centre....I was back home by 2.30. 

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital Thank you for your comment Deborah, I'm pleased you were well cared for - we will pass this on to our Ophthalmology team. 
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Deborah Andrews
Deborah Andrews That would be lovely if you could...I can't remember the name of the nurse, but she stayed with me until transport arrived, bless her.
Ian Wilber reviewed Gloucestershire Royal Hospital — 5 star

As a dial-a-ride driver I'm there a lot & the staff do a great job.

That is quite a deficit

Charlie Hughes I've always found the hospital to be fantastic. But this is what you call Conservative cuts. As long as they're alright why should us peasants matter? 
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Barb Moulder
Barb Moulder Excuse me ! We as nurses work long hard shifts at times dont even get a break so pardon me for taking a payed Holliday !!! Sam Barker 😡 
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Sam Barker
Sam Barker If it were to be added up how much of that money is holiday pay to staff (the higher the wage, the higher the holiday pay) then this would be a fair few million. Holiday pay, while it is law, is free money to the employee as it is not earned. The work still needs to be done and so someone else is paid covering them and so is paying twice. 
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Jacqui Lawrance
Jacqui Lawrance Cut the wages of the higher management!!!! They're the ones who should be ashamed of their thieving pickings!!!! 
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