Mr Ed Neale, medical director of Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, today made a bombshell announcement by e-mail to consultant staff at the hospital. He advised that the Bedfordshire PCT are currently refusing to pay for £4million of work done for their patients by the hospital over the past year.
Dr Barry Monk, the Save Bedford Hospital party prospective candidate for the Bedford parliamentary constituency said "This has the potential to be a financial catastrophe for the Trust, and could not have come at a worse time. The recent independent staff attitude survey has shown how poor staff morale already is. The underlying problem is that year after year clinical staff - doctors and nurses - have not been sufficiently involved in drawing up the Service Level Agreement between the hospital and the PCT; this has caused difficulties year after year."