Sweet charity

Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|The closure of the King Edward VIIth Hospital in Sussex prompts William FitzHugh to consider the implications for long term care providers| The recent demise of the King Edward VIIth Hospital in Midhurst has some significant lessons for independent providers looking to do business with the NHS. Firstly, the NHS is a fickle friend. It holds no allegiance to the independent sector. It has, it is true, bought three turkeys ­ the Heart Hospital, the Clydebank white elephant (is that a mixed metaphor?) and the Stamford Hospital (leased) as well as taking on the BUPA Redhill Hospital. These acquisitions have been a relatively low cost way to show that it was doing something to ease reported bed shortages. Equally the NHS, for all the talk, is still not willing to give long term contracts to independent providers. How did it all happen? The King Edward VIIth Hospital was originally founded almost one hundred years ago as a TB sanatorium. It is superbly sited on a hill in what must have been then a rural idyll and

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