Following the highly controversial take-over of Wexham Park & Heatherwood hospitals by Frimley Park hospital, Slough's 5 new 'public' hospital governors were announced late this afternoon:-
Single Transferable Vote ('STV') counting system which eliminates
the candidate with the least votes, after 12 re-counts the final results were
The Slough Times believes the STV quota should actually be 30.34 based on the premise that (valid votes) is divided by (vacancies + 1) and then 1 is added to the result.
21 votes, that could have changed the election results, were rejected because
voters voted for more than one
first choice candidate.
Despite Frimley Park's senior management having more than a year to organise
the de facto
commercial take-over of the Wexham Park and Heatherwood
hospital trust, the election of new Frimley Health governors, replacing Wexham
Park's now defunct hospital governors, appears rushed, disorganised and rather
a shambles. Could this shambles be systematic of other problems within the now
greatly enlarged NHS successor Trust ?
Will the public be persuaded that name changing from Frimley Park to Frimley Health will improve the failures caused by Wexham Park Trust's aimless and ineffective management ?
Frimley Park, the headquarters of the new Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, is 20 miles distance from Wexham Park. It is located on the south side of the M3, near junction 4, and is approximately half-way between Camberley and Farnborough.
At 20:00 hours this evening, none of last Thursday's newly elected hospital governors the Slough Times has spoken to:-
Frimley Park's chief executive Andrew Morris told the Slough Times yesterday:
The appointment duration will normally be three years but
Governors can stand again for a maximum period of 9 years.
The Slough Times discovered today the maximum duration for hospital governors elected last week will be either 1 year 10 months or 2 years 10 months. source: Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust Constitution page 15.
The voting figures were absolutely dreadful. Frimley Park's press statement Deadline extended dated 5 November 2014 claimed:
A successful recruitment campaign over the past
month has ensured that close to 5,000 members of the public will be eligible to
vote in elections for governors to the new Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Eligible voters, obtained from the official election results, were 4,757note. However
1,121 belong to voters from outside the Wexham Park and Heatherwood catchment area.
Frimley Park call these non-local voters
The Rest of England.
Eligible voters in the Wexham Park and Heatherwood catchment area were 3,636. This is less than three-quarters (73%) of Frimley Park's bloated claim of 5,000 eligible voters.
Of the 3,636 eligible voters, only 21% (757note) voted. 757 as a percentage of Frimley Park's 5,000 is a pitiful 15%.
At Frimley Park Hospital, 4,944 staff were eligible to vote for staff governors. Only 479 (9.7%) voted. 4,465 (90.3%) did not vote.
At Wexham Park 3,879 staff were eligible to vote for staff governors. 655 (16.9%) voted; 3,224 (83.1%) did not.
These disappointing staff voting figures highlight a crisis of staff confidence, staff trust and staff interest of the running of their hospitals.
When 7,689 members of staff, comprising 87% of the combined workforce, declined to vote for staff spokesmen to present their concerns to their employer, something is clearly wrong with the management's attitude to their staff.
We have asked both chief executive Andrew Morris and chairman Mike Aaronson for their explanation ...... both gentlemen appear to be too shy and/or embarrassed to comment. Perhaps their NHS employed Spin Doctors are away on holiday ?