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Cash-strapped hospital bosses employ American IT expert on a salary of £25,000 A MONTH…and even picked up his bar tab and his laundry bill

  • Former White House adviser Larry Blevins was employed to improve Rotherham NHS Hospital Trust’s failing £40 million IT system
  • Hospital allocated £4,000 for flights to bring Mr Blevins over from U.S.
  • Expenses over 6 weeks totalled £2,300 for hotel, laundry, taxis and meals
  • The debt-ridden hospital is axing 750 jobs in an attempt to cut costs
  • Staff are furious the taxpayer is picking up the bill for flights and expenses

By Emma Innes and Rachel Reilly

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A debt-ridden hospital trust that plans to axe 750 jobs is spending more than £25,000 a month on an American IT expert.

Rotherham Hospital Trust paid around £40 million for a computer system that has never worked.

In a bid to repair the failing system the trust is paying £25,000 a month, plus hotel bills and air fares, to U.S. IT expert Larry Blevins – who has even advised the White House.

Staff at the crisis-hit trust are furious that taxpayers is picking up the bill for airline tickets, laundry and restaurant bills. Read on…..

From the Advertiser:

Anger at huge bills for Rotherham Hospital management consultants

Posted On: 10 May 2013

HEALTH service union UNISON has hit out at the cost of experts parachuted in to sort out beleagured Rotherham Hospital after it was revealed that one is earning £25,000 a month.

The NHS unsafe in their hands!

Does anyone in Rotherham remember this airbrushed poster of David Cameron?

Cerberus Cameron

Probably 20kg lighter then, Cameron in the run up to the 2010 general election frequently pledged that under a Conservative government there would be no more-top down re-originations of the NHS and the NHS would be safe with the Tories, it was all part of an attempt to detoxify the Tory brand.

Well guess what?

Cameron weeks into the Coalition announced the most expensive top down re-orgnisations of the NHS.

Care UK a private sector healthcare company that provides Rotherham`s out of hours GP cover and runs the Walk-in-Centre on a for profit basis made a £21,000 donation to the personal office of the former health secretary Andrew Lansley, no conflict of interest there then.

Prior to the autumn statetement (2012) Andrew Dilnot chair of the UK Statistics Authority concluded that spending on the NHS is actually lower now than it was in 2010, so yet another broken pledge by Flashman and the nasty party.

No doubt the Tories and the Daily Heil will blame PFI deals for the financial carnage in the NHS, remind me who introduced the concept of PFI?

Oh yes, it was the Tory party.

The Rotherham NHS Trust is out to consultation on making over 700 staff redundant, they will have to make £40 million pounds in savings and the NHS watchdog Monitor has placed the Trust on red alert relating to its financial problems.

And what of the chair of the RMBC health scrutiny committee Cllr Ken Wyatt, a man with so many public sector income streams that he cannot find the time to get to grips with the financial crisis about to hit the NHS in Rotherham.

If this wasn’t bad enough we have food banks operating in Rotherham, in the final PMQs before Christmas when challenged by Miliband about the six fold increase in the number of people accessing food banks, Cameron with his very odd splayed fingers gesture and Flashman arrogance said it was evidence of the big society working, did you see the look on Clegg`s face, a picture?

RMBC are providing an interest free loan to a local credit union, hopefully this will prevent the poorest members of society falling foul of aggressive loan sharks, seen the TV adverts for the loan company Wonga?

Interest rates of 2,000% on short terms loans, Wonga has made donations to the Tory party, no wonder Flashman is keen to hit the poor.

Just goes to prove the nasty party is back in town

So as the New Year looms remember the words of Neil Kinnock

I warn you not to be ordinary

I warn you not to be young

I warn you not to fall ill

I warn you not to get old.

Stay healthy, because the Town’s NHS will be in tatters thanks to Cameron

Aneurin Bevan.

A very good question – Can we have some of these too?

I wonder whether the Corn Fed Grunters, Muppets and Clowns will allow Rotherham citizens to become involved in THEIR National Health Service as the local primary care service undergoes significant change?

Or will it be a case like the grooming case where they say nowt, do nowt, cos Dodger sez it’s rayt, right, reight?

Rotherham – a town to grow old in – I don’t think so. Sheffield on the other hand is a beacon of meaningful involvement and genuine consultation. Yet another Laybah Postcode Lottery.

Kind Regards,
Don

On Thu, 9/8/12, info@sheffieldlink.org.uk <info@sheffieldlink.org.uk> wrote:
From: info@sheffieldlink.org.uk <info@sheffieldlink.org.uk>
Subject: Consultations regarding health, wellbeing and social
To: mailshot@vas.org.uk
Date: Thursday, 9 August, 2012, 9:13

Dear LINk member
Sheffield City Council will be holding a number of consultations regarding health, well being and social care over the summer months. I have attached a flyer listing the consultation topics, dates and contacts.
Kind regards
Helen

Helen Collumbine
Link Administrator
Voluntary Action Sheffield
The Circle
33 Rockingham Lane
Sheffield S1 4FW

A Twitter response from Ken Wyatt:

Cllr Ken Wyatt Cllr Ken Wyatt
@kenwyatt
@rothpolitics As you follow my feed you will see how I promote consultation on H&WB Strategy, Healthwatch & events. Doing my best!!