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Query COCH savings projections

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Dear Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,

You have previously advised that potential savings under the patient redesign scheme would amount to "around £350,000"

In view of your most recent calculations is this still the case as I understand that your original proposal reduced costs to £656,599 whilst your most recent exercise increases costs to £676,762 from an original cost base of £680,773.

Could you please explain what I am overlooking.

Furthermore you state that all consultation for planned and urgent care will end on Friday 28th June 2013. I admire targets however does this mean that you have resolved all the issues and concerns raised by the unions and staff as required?

Finally the director of planned care and bpm urgent care has (?) sent a letter dated 19th June offering a meeting for the 14th June with the union - as I am writing this on 16th June then this also raises queries, the simplest of which is whether this is representative of the diligence and exacting standards that management have employed in this process. Or is this how you are able to state with confidence the end of the consultation period?

Yours faithfully,

Pete Mitch

Foi Enquiries (COUNTESS OF CHESTER HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Claire Jones
Freedom of Information Officer
Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Foi Enquiries (COUNTESS OF CHESTER HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Foi Enquiries (COUNTESS OF CHESTER HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST) would like to recall the message, "Freedom of Information request - Query COCH savings projections".

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Foi Enquiries (COUNTESS OF CHESTER HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Please can you help with the below Freedom of Information request?
I have attached the request we replied to this earlier in the year.

Please can you respond to me on this request by the 28th June 2013

Please could you also complete the attached form with the time it has taken you and or others to complete this request for monitoring purposes.

Please note that we are required by law to provide this information within a very strict time frame. Your co-operation is much appreciated.

Thanks
Claire

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Foi Enquiries (COUNTESS OF CHESTER HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Hello

Please see below in response to your Freedom of Information Request.

You have previously advised that potential savings under the patient redesign scheme would amount to "around £350,000"

In view of your most recent calculations is this still the case as I understand that your original proposal reduced costs to £656,599 whilst your most recent exercise increases costs to £676,762 from an original cost base of £680,773.

Q. Could you please explain what I am overlooking.
A. The most recent design has been undertaken by the operational divisions and is an iterative exercise taking into account workload and complexity of each individual specialty.
We have also been able to take opportunities as they have arisen through normal turnover to work towards the preferred practice model. There will be differences in the illustrative financial models that are in circulation.
The Trust feels this approach has provided the opportunity to achieve the required model and reduction in the pay bill in a phased approach

Q. Furthermore you state that all consultation for planned and urgent care will end on Friday 28th June 2013. I admire targets however does this mean that you have resolved all the issues and concerns raised by the unions and staff as required?
A. The formal end of the consultation period is the 28th June. This does not preclude ongoing discussion on specific detail

Q. Finally the director of planned care and bpm urgent care has (?) sent a letter dated 19th June offering a meeting for the 14th June with the union - as I am writing this on 16th June then this also raises queries, the simplest of which is whether this is representative of the diligence and exacting standards that management have employed in this process. Or is this how you are able to state with confidence the end of the consultation period?
A. We have a series of meetings scheduled with the Trades Unions none of which are directly related to the formal end of consultation.

Regards

Claire Jones
Freedom of Information Officer
Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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