Britain hospital patient Health Britain

NHS Ayrshire & Arran chief working 'like a dog with a bone' to turn health board's fortunes around

Reading now: 908

The head of Ayrshire’s ailing health service claims she will work “like a dog with a bone” to turn its fortunes around.CEO Claire Burden heads into the winter without her troubles to seek.Less than a year into the role and battling the post-pandemic landscape, wait times to access a bed in her hospitals are through the roof.It’s a problem – she rightly points out – not exclusive to Ayrshire.But with ambulances stacked up outside A&E units and hundreds of patients waiting longer than 12 hours to be seen, she knows her task is critical.Burden, a former paramedic herself, came to Ayrshire with 17 years of management experience in the English health system.So her eyes, she insists, were wide open to what faced her when replacing previous CEO, John Burns, earlier this year.The baptism of fire, though, has seen the approachable boss fighting fires on every front – bidding to convince staff and patients alike that the service is not crumbling around them.“I hear the complaints and I get it,” she says, as we walk through the wards of Ayr Hospital on a typically busy Wednesday morning.“The thing I am stopped and asked most is whether I actually understand what’s going on.“Well I can assure staff and the public that I very much do and am working tirelessly to sort things.“I’m a hands-on person and encourage my executive team to be the same way.“Unless you are alongside people, they will believe you don’t understand the problems.”In that respect, Burden is very much a woman who puts her words into action.Last Saturday night, she was found on the floor of Crosshouse Hospital’s emergency department helping to co-ordinate her troops.Here, staff are fighting what feels like a constant tsunami of patients who are logjammed in the system

The website is an aggregator of news from open sources. The source is indicated at the beginning and at the end of the announcement. You can send a complaint on the news if you find it unreliable.

Related News

Kristalina Georgieva - IMF’s Georgieva to press for quicker action on debt relief with China - - China - city Beijing
IMF’s Georgieva to press for quicker action on debt relief with China
(Reuters) – International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said on Thursday that she will travel to Beijing next week with heads of other international institutions to press for quicker action on debt relief for poor and developing countries.The meetings with the country's leadership will focus on China's economic, COVID-19 and debt relief policies and will include officials from China Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank of China, the IMF said."This is the first time, hopefully, we will be able to sit together and discuss the very pressing issues that China, and the world are faced with," Georgieva told the Reuters NEXT conference.Georgieva said that during the Beijing meetings she intends to discuss ways to accelerate China's participation in debt relief for poor and developing countries as the world's largest official bilateral creditor."I am very hopeful that when we have a chance next week to discuss these issues, we will continue on a path of finding better solutions and strengthening the capacity of the common framework to deliver," she said, referring to G20 countries' slow-to-launch common debt restructuring framework.World Bank President David Malpass told the conference that he would join the discussions in Beijing, along with officials from the World Trade Organization, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and others.Georgieva and Malpass have both called for reforms of the common framework to offer heavily indebted countries a freeze in debt service payments when they apply for debt relief and clearer timelines for reaching agreement on debt treatments.Asked if China's slowing growth would limit its appetite for agreeing to debt reductions, Georgieva said she hoped