MP Galloway finds positives after meeting Bradford Royal Infirmary chiefs

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: George Galloway MP George Galloway MP

of positives came out of meeting he held with hospital chiefs in Bradford yesterday.

The Bradford West MP had demanded a meeting with bosses at Bradford Royal Infirmary to discuss a watchdog’s report into standards at the Duckworth Lane hospital.

It followed the publication of a report by the Care Quality Commission into what inspectors found during unannounced visits to BRI in September and October last year.

The Trust failed to meet national standards in four of six areas looked at by inspectors.

It must now comply with an official warning to improve staffing by early March.

The chairman of Bradford Council’s Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Mike Gibbons, said the report was “concerning”, particularly around staffing levels.

But Mr Galloway, who met Bryan Millar, chief executive of the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and chief nurse Juliette Greenwood, came away feeling positive.

“It was a pretty productive meeting all round,” said Mr Galloway, who talked about BRI’s plan to recruit three extra consultants for the accident and emergency department, as well as more mid-range doctors.

He continued: “They did seem to have been galvanised by the visit and the report.

“It was very constructive. They do seem to be addressing the legitimate flaws that were found – which are by and large A&E problems.

“They are staffing up in A&E so that the service will be much quicker and more effective.”

Mr Galloway said that most of the report’s criticisms were “basically” about A&E, and added: “There is a national shortage of nurses and consultants for A&E because it does not seem to be the “sexiest” part of medicine.

“They are going out of their way to recruit those extra staff. So they should be cutting down on congestion in A&E in future. They are certainly spending money on it.”

He added: “Certainly there will be a greater staffing in A&E within weeks rather than months, so the standards will be a lot higher for everyone.”

A spokesman for BRI said: “We welcome the opportunity to have open and transparent dialogue with Mr Galloway and discuss the significant steps we have taken to improve standards.”

Mr Galloway added: “The test will come in March.”

He later tweeted: “Bradford Royal Infirmary deserve respect as it deals with recent serious official criticisms of aspects of its care. 5,000 jobs depend on BRI.”

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6:35am Sat 11 Jan 14

Albion. says...

Will Mr Galloway claim it was all his doing, come March?
Will Mr Galloway claim it was all his doing, come March? Albion.

6:52am Sat 11 Jan 14

Saltaire Bantam says...

Bet he blamed the Israelis or Americans for any problems.
Bet he blamed the Israelis or Americans for any problems. Saltaire Bantam

7:27am Sat 11 Jan 14

bd7 helper says...

Stop lying once again
Stop lying once again bd7 helper

9:33am Sat 11 Jan 14

Victor Clayton says...

Paying us a flying visit George. We are most grateful.
Paying us a flying visit George. We are most grateful. Victor Clayton

10:09am Sat 11 Jan 14

Banni2 says...

Albion. wrote:
Will Mr Galloway claim it was all his doing, come March?
It would appear that George Galloway seems to crawl out of the woodwork after the event with the intention of gaining brownie points.
My advise would be that he should leave well alone and let the trust put its own house in order.
George Galloway should concentrate all his efforts into leaving our City ASAP.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Will Mr Galloway claim it was all his doing, come March?[/p][/quote]It would appear that George Galloway seems to crawl out of the woodwork after the event with the intention of gaining brownie points. My advise would be that he should leave well alone and let the trust put its own house in order. George Galloway should concentrate all his efforts into leaving our City ASAP. Banni2

10:28am Sat 11 Jan 14

MontyLeMar says...

It's not that working in A and E is not sexy, it's more like working in A and E is a nightmare no civilised person should have to go through. OK, much of the time A and E are dealing with genuine people needing help, but on Friday and Saturday the drunks and fighters arrive making it a nightmare. Anyone arriving on Friday or Saturday should be breathalysed and if there is the slightest suspicion that they have been drinking they should be refused treatment until they sober up.

Failing that the hospital should invite the local army battalion triage team to come and help out. What better way to get experience of working in a war zone without having to hop on a plane to Iraq?

Oh and well done George for clarifying the situation. I was under the impression that the whole hospital was on the verge of collapse.
It's not that working in A and E is not sexy, it's more like working in A and E is a nightmare no civilised person should have to go through. OK, much of the time A and E are dealing with genuine people needing help, but on Friday and Saturday the drunks and fighters arrive making it a nightmare. Anyone arriving on Friday or Saturday should be breathalysed and if there is the slightest suspicion that they have been drinking they should be refused treatment until they sober up. Failing that the hospital should invite the local army battalion triage team to come and help out. What better way to get experience of working in a war zone without having to hop on a plane to Iraq? Oh and well done George for clarifying the situation. I was under the impression that the whole hospital was on the verge of collapse. MontyLeMar

10:34am Sat 11 Jan 14

Joedavid says...

I think all should be helped in A&E but that help would involve sending those who should be getting that help at a different source should be sent to that correct source.
EG. GP, Medical Centre, Pharmacy, Drink, Drug centre etc.
I think all should be helped in A&E but that help would involve sending those who should be getting that help at a different source should be sent to that correct source. EG. GP, Medical Centre, Pharmacy, Drink, Drug centre etc. Joedavid

10:45am Sat 11 Jan 14

AngryBantam says...

It must be one of the most stressful places to work in, hope they get it right for the sake of all of us.
It must be one of the most stressful places to work in, hope they get it right for the sake of all of us. AngryBantam

11:56am Sat 11 Jan 14

bcfc1903 says...

Great work George, without doubt you're the best MP Bradford has had since Fred Jowett.

I see you tore David Ward a new one in the Bradford College debate.
Great work George, without doubt you're the best MP Bradford has had since Fred Jowett. I see you tore David Ward a new one in the Bradford College debate. bcfc1903

12:18pm Sat 11 Jan 14

The Hoffster says...

Saltaire Bantam wrote:
Bet he blamed the Israelis or Americans for any problems.
Yes because they 'don't' cause problems anywhere... {rolleyes}
[quote][p][bold]Saltaire Bantam[/bold] wrote: Bet he blamed the Israelis or Americans for any problems.[/p][/quote]Yes because they 'don't' cause problems anywhere... {rolleyes} The Hoffster

1:02pm Sat 11 Jan 14

bcfc1903 says...

One of the many things I like about George Galloway was the way he mullered David Ward MP for blaming all Jewish people for the problems between Israel and the Palestinians in Gazza and the West Bank. George pointed out it was Israel's government the argument was with.

On a personal note, I believe both sides have serious issues to address, especially the firing of rockets into Israel, I hope for a two state peaceful solution to that problem.
One of the many things I like about George Galloway was the way he mullered David Ward MP for blaming all Jewish people for the problems between Israel and the Palestinians in Gazza and the West Bank. George pointed out it was Israel's government the argument was with. On a personal note, I believe both sides have serious issues to address, especially the firing of rockets into Israel, I hope for a two state peaceful solution to that problem. bcfc1903

4:05pm Sat 11 Jan 14

MrsOFitz says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
Paying us a flying visit George. We are most grateful.
!
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: Paying us a flying visit George. We are most grateful.[/p][/quote]! MrsOFitz

4:13pm Sat 11 Jan 14

MrsOFitz says...

MontyLeMar wrote:
It's not that working in A and E is not sexy, it's more like working in A and E is a nightmare no civilised person should have to go through. OK, much of the time A and E are dealing with genuine people needing help, but on Friday and Saturday the drunks and fighters arrive making it a nightmare. Anyone arriving on Friday or Saturday should be breathalysed and if there is the slightest suspicion that they have been drinking they should be refused treatment until they sober up.

Failing that the hospital should invite the local army battalion triage team to come and help out. What better way to get experience of working in a war zone without having to hop on a plane to Iraq?

Oh and well done George for clarifying the situation. I was under the impression that the whole hospital was on the verge of collapse.
MontyLeMar said "Oh and well done George for clarifying the situation. I was under the impression that the whole hospital was on the verge of collapse."

That's because the T&A doesn't like 'balanced' reporting and isn't interested in the truth, it'd rather have sensational headlines and only focus on the negative. This newspaper doesn't do Bradford any favours, my husband would rather put it in the cat's litter tray than read it!
[quote][p][bold]MontyLeMar[/bold] wrote: It's not that working in A and E is not sexy, it's more like working in A and E is a nightmare no civilised person should have to go through. OK, much of the time A and E are dealing with genuine people needing help, but on Friday and Saturday the drunks and fighters arrive making it a nightmare. Anyone arriving on Friday or Saturday should be breathalysed and if there is the slightest suspicion that they have been drinking they should be refused treatment until they sober up. Failing that the hospital should invite the local army battalion triage team to come and help out. What better way to get experience of working in a war zone without having to hop on a plane to Iraq? Oh and well done George for clarifying the situation. I was under the impression that the whole hospital was on the verge of collapse.[/p][/quote]MontyLeMar said "Oh and well done George for clarifying the situation. I was under the impression that the whole hospital was on the verge of collapse." That's because the T&A doesn't like 'balanced' reporting and isn't interested in the truth, it'd rather have sensational headlines and only focus on the negative. This newspaper doesn't do Bradford any favours, my husband would rather put it in the cat's litter tray than read it! MrsOFitz

4:56pm Sat 11 Jan 14

yezboss says...

Another ride to jump on for G G
Another ride to jump on for G G yezboss

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