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Hospital bosses speaking to the government about debts

Bosses at an NHS trust in Nottinghamshire have admitted they are speaking to the government about managing its debts.

The figures were obtained by local Liberal Democrats. Credit: John Giles/PA Archive/Press Association Images

It is after new figures published today show the trust which runs King's Mill Hospital in Sutton in Ashfield is having to pay more than £3 million per month to service its debts.

It is true that the costs associated with the PFI contract remain expensive, but the facilities on offer to patients and their families at our hospitals are some of the best in the country.

At King’s Mill Hospital over 50% of our rooms are single occupancy, infection rates across the Trust remain low and patients consistently rate our ward environments highly in national surveys.

We continue to proactively manage the costs related to ourPFI and are in discussion with Monitor and the Department of Health to achieve a permanent solution.

– Paul O'Connor, Chief Executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals

Nottinghamshire hospital trust 'drowning' in debt

New figures show the trust which runs King's Mill Hospital in Sutton in Ashfield in Nottinghamshire is having to pay more than £3 million per month, to service its debts.

The figures have been obtained by the Liberal Democrats Credit: John Giles/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Liberal Democrats based locally obtained the figures by a Freedom of Information request.

They show the PFI (private finance initiative) deal to fund the redevelopment of the hospital is £289.9m, with a monthly cost of £3.29m.

This is the biggest scandal our NHS has ever seen.

We knew the debt problem was bad but not quite on this scale.

Our hospital will have cost us £2.5 billion by the time we've paid the money back.

This for a hospital that only cost £298.9m to build.

It is a disgraceful waste of taxpayer's money.

All because Labour decided to use the private sector to fund the hospital.

It is especially galling when you find out there was an option to fund the rebuild through the public sector."

– Councillor Jason Zadrozny


Ebola screening set to be introduced at Birmingham Airport

Passengers at Birmingham Airport could soon be screened for the Ebola virus, according to the Health Secretary.

Ebola virus Credit: Frederick Murphy/DPA/Press Association Images

Jeremy Hunt told the House of Commons that contingency plans have been drawn up to introduce checks on those who are believed to be at risk coming into the Midlands airport.

He revealed there could be as many as ten cases in the UK in coming weeks.

We think we will reach 89 per cent of people arriving in the UK from the affected countries. We will continue to review that and if the numbers increase and the risk level justifies it, we have contingency plans to expand the screening to Birmingham and Manchester.”

– Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

The Ebola virus has killed 4,000 people during the current epidemic in West Africa, making it the largest outbreak since the virus was discovered nearly 40 years ago.

Doctors 'need more support' to spot lung cancer

Doctors need more support to help them identify patients who may have lung cancer, that's according to researchers at Nottingham University.

One in three people die from the disease within 90 days of it being diagnosed Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

They found one in three people die from the disease within 90 days of it being diagnosed - despite previously visiting their GP with common symptoms.

Trust to reveal robot that can perform keyhole surgery

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust is to reveal a new state-of-the-art robot which will perform keyhole surgery.

The robot is to be revealed at Coventry's University Hospital Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The 'da Vinci' robot will be able to undertake prostate, kidney, bowel, throat and heart operations.

The Trust says it will mean minimal intrusion for patients, as it allows more complex procedures to be done using keyhole surgery. This means reduced blood loss and a quicker recovery time for the patient.

It is controlled by a surgeon using their hands and feet to control the machine's four arms. The robot has 10-times greater precision than the human hand.


Stafford Hospital meeting to discuss merger plans

Protestors against moving the hospital's services have been camped outside Credit: ITV News Central

A special board meeting is being held today at Stafford Hospital to formally approve plans to merge the hospital's services with the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, in Stoke-on-Trent.

Protestors against the move say they plan to go to the meeting and ask a 'long list of questions' they want bosses to answer.

Ambulance service say 'can't send to more than 40 calls'

West Midlands Ambulance service say they have been stacking more than 40 calls with no-one to send to them

It comes as health workers across the country are on strike over pay.

Crews are now coming off the picket line to attend to life-threatening calls.

Ambulances only to respond in 'life-threatening' cases

West Midlands Ambulance Service say they will only respond to the most serious and life-threatening cases today as staff are striking in a national dispute over pay.

West Midlands Ambulance Service say they will only respond to the most serious cases Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

As a result of the walk-out, between 7am and 11am, there is expected to be a significant reduction in the level of ambulance provision.

A ballot of Unison, Unite and GMB members voted to take industrial action as a result of the government’s decision to not apply a 1% pay award in full to all NHS staff in accordance with the national public sector pay review body’s recommendations.

Picket lines outside Nottingham City hospital

There are picket lines outside Nottingham City hospital Credit: ITV News Central

There are picket lines outside Nottingham City hospital as NHS workers take part in strike action today.

It's after a dispute with the Government over pay after it was announced in March that only NHS staff at the top of their pay band would receive a 1% increase.

NHS workers are in a row with the Government over pay Credit: ITV News Central
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