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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

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Two people arrested on suspicion of murder

Officers investigating the death of a man in South Normanton have arrested two people on suspicion of murder.

A 31-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, who are both from South Normanton, were arrested on Sunday July 21 in South Normanton.

The man who died has been formally identified as Daniel Thomas Baker, who lived in Derby. A post mortem examination revealed that he died from a stab wound.

Mr Baker was discovered collapsed on Mansfield Road by a couple of people who were walking along the road.

He was taken by ambulance to King’s Mill Hospital where he was certified dead on arrival.

Police would like to speak to anyone who saw Mr Baker between 5pm on July 18 when he caught a Red Arrow bus from Clay Cross to Derby up until the evening of July 19 when he was found injured in South Normanton.

Two injured in Mansfield stabbing

Two men have been treated for stab wounds after an attack in Mansfield.

The incident happened in Derby Street.

The victims, both Polish and in their 30s, sustained injuries described as not being life threatening, but have been treated at King’s Mill Hospital.

One of the men remains in hospital where he continues to receive treatment, the other has been discharged.

A forensic examination of the scene has been carried out. Police are appealing for witnesses and detectives are also keen to hear from anyone within the Polish community who may have information or knowledge of the incident.

King's Mill Hospital insists patients are now put before money

A report has found that a hospital in Nottinghamshire where breast cancer patients received faulty test results put money before patient care.

The mistakes at King's Mill Hospital meant some women weren't given the most appropriate treatment.

The Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust, which runs King's Mill, says it's made improvements and insists it now puts clinical considerations above financial ones.

Care Quality Commission comments on Nottinghamshire hospital

Dr Andrea Gordon, CQC deputy director of operations (regions), says

"Kings Mill Hospital must make sure it has robust processes in place to assure itself that it can manage and identify any risks or issues. Where issues are identified these have to be clearly communicated to trust leaders so any necessary action can be taken. It is imperative that any improvements the trust makes are sustainable and maintained for the future.....

......During our own inspection we found patients spoke positively about their care and treatment and we have been receiving updates from the trust on the work it is doing to improve."

– Dr Andrea Gordon

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Problems uncovered at Nottinghamshire's King's Mill hospital

A Care Quality Commission report out today raises concerns over the pathology department at King's Mill hospital in Nottinghamshire.

The inspection followed the recall of 79 breast cancer patients over concerns surrounding test results.

  • Poor communication between pathologists and hospital directors.
  • The pathology department was without a leader for five years between 2003 and 2007, with the role being covered by locum staff, and a number of permanent posts were not filled.
  • Equipment in the department was outdated.
  • The hospital’s action plan in relation to mortality rates was not being clearly monitored by the trust board.
  • Processes to detect changes in performance or risk were not robust enough.

Concerns about breast cancer treatment at Nottinghamshire hospital

King's Mill hospital, Nottingham Credit: ITV News Central

A report out today says that processes to ensure quality care at King's Mill hospital were not robust enough and there was poor communication between medical staff and Trust directors.

In October last year, the Care Quality Commission was called in to investigate concerns that breast cancer patients weren't given the most appropriate treatment because of incorrect test results.

During CQC's inspection patients did praise the care and treatment they had received.