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DGH’s list of possible risks is “terrifying”

Save the DGH protest march around the hospital, Caroline Ansell Liz Walke and David Tutt. September 7th 2013 E37092P

Save the DGH protest march around the hospital, Caroline Ansell Liz Walke and David Tutt. September 7th 2013 E37092P

Lack of leadership and being unable to improve outcomes for patients are among a list of potential risks flagged up by the trust that runs the DGH.

The bullet points have been described as ‘terrifying’ by Save the DGH campaigner Liz Walke but East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said it was ‘good practice’ to have such a list.

The 11 bullet points feature within the Board Assurance Framework (BAF) report which helps identify what risks will compromise its strategic objectives.

The points are colour coded in red, amber or green with each colour representing what measures are in place to stop each risk becoming a reality.

All but one is green with the rest in amber and one highlighted as red. A red code partly means that effective controls may not be in place to deal with any potential risk.

Mrs Walke said the item was barely mentioned in a recent trust board meeting, adding, “Apart from one of these they are all flagged up as red or amber, that is terrifying.

“The trust seems to be carrying on from disaster to disaster.”

A trust spokesman said, “It is good practice for every organisation to have a BAF and it is a national requirement in the NHS. Its purpose is to enable the Board to understand high level risk and get assurance on how they are managed. Remarks by Mrs Walke demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding of how a large organisation like the trust is managed and governed.

“The BAF is reviewed by our Quality and Standards Committee and Audit Committee before it is considered by the Board. Both these committees are chaired by non-executive directors.

“It was also reviewed at a recent risk seminar. We generally remove the green rated areas when we have assurance the issue has been adequately managed, hence more amber rated appear within the BAF that goes to the Trust Board.”

 

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