Eastbourne’s MP has condemned a call for DGH staff to consider resigning to save the hospital money.
In a weekly message issued to staff on January 24 the trust’s chief executive Darren Grayson, explained the Mutually Agreed Resignation Scheme (MARS) had been launched so staff members could choose to leave employment in return for a severance payment. The scheme is only available to administrative and clerical staff, managerial staff and senior clinical staff B7 and above (this does not include medical staff).
This week a spokesperson for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHNT), which runs the DGH, said the trust needed to reduce its workforce costs. The trust has been trying to save millions of pounds and took on a turnaround director to patch up its finances.
Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd said, “I am very concerned that at a time where our core services at the DGH are being cut and I’m told that staff are leaving in droves, the trust senior management choose to push such an aggressive resignation option – particularly as the amount being paid to agency employees and senior managers remains far too high.
“I question whether they actually have a coherent, sustainable, long-term strategy for our local hospital or are, as it can sometime seem from the clinicians who have contacted me, simply intent on driving the DGH into the ground.
“It is time the entire top management of the ESHT gave way to people who really do believe Eastbourne should retain a fully functioning local hospital long into the future.”
In response Darren Grayson said, “Contrary to Mr Lloyd’s view the management and clinicians at the trust continue to pursue their long term strategy for delivering sustainable services for the people of East Sussex and will take all responsible action to achieve this aim whilst maintaining quality and safety.”