Today we heard news that the chief executive of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) will leave his role at the end of October.
BBC East’s health correspondent Nikki Fox is asking the right questions about this latest spin of the NSFT merry go round:
- What’s going to be done to train more staff?
- How do you replace all the experience that was lost during huge austerity cuts in 2012?
- What do you do to make sure staff are treated in such a way that they don’t feel overwhelmed or despondent and leave?
- What’s going to be done to make sure things are actually transparent instead of claiming to be?
- That deaths are recognised, recorded and learnt from?
- Is anyone prepared to fund what’s needed to bring waiting lists down from such depressingly long lengths of time?
I believe that we’ll only get the answers and lasting improvements with a statutory independent inquiry into how the whole system has crashed local mental health services in the last decade.
Read the BBC’s article on the chief’s decision to leave his job here.