Mr. Paul Hawkins Should Be Replaced as CEO of NHS Fife

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In 2015 he left Hywel Dda University Health Board in Wales before becoming CEO of Fife. He left it with a deficit of £31.2 million, the highest in Wales. This health board is still in serious financial difficulties.

Under his tenure in Fife, According to official statistics, a total of £9,138,735 has been spent by NHS Fife on agency workers in 2017/18 compared to £5,871,837 five years ago - an increase of £3.26 million due to his failures to ensure adequate staffing levels. (Dunfermline press 20/06/18)

His COO has had to resign over allegations of misconduct (Sunday Post - 01/07/2018).

Out of hours services in NHS Fife have been branded a sham because of things like a lack of GPs that led to the temporary closure of out-of-hours services in St Andrews Community Hospital, Glenrothes Hospital and at Dunfermline’s Queen Margaret Hospital in April. (courier June 23 2018)

A staff survey by NHS Fife has found that more than a third of employees have no confidence in him nor trust in his senior management team. (Courier June 1 2018)

GP's are reporting staff shortages like Dr Susan Cattanach, who is covering all 3,600 patients at her Fife practice after one colleague resigned and one retired. The normal ratio is The ratio of GPs to patients in Scotland as a whole is one to 1,083. (The times - July 20 2018)

NHS Fife were rapped for 'serious failings' after a lung cancer patient was wrong told they had Asthma. (Herald Scotland: 21st February)

NHS Scotland is investigating a range of misconduct allegations about the NHS Fife Board. (Sunday Post 25 March 2018)

A report in the Dunfermline Press in January revealed NHS Fife has spent £106,000 on taxis for patients at Queen Margaret Hospital in the last three years because of lack of transport.

Last years audit Scotland report showed that NHS Fife failed to meet Inpatient/day
case treatment time guarantees (TTG), which is the guarantee of patients beginning treatment within 12 weeks by almost 8% and Cancer referral to treatment targets, (patients beginning treatment within 62 days) by a whopping 15%.

In January, NHS FIFE was ordered to apologise after failings in care led to a patient at Victoria Hospital contracting a flesh-eating infection. An enquiry into the treatment of the woman, known as Miss C, upheld a series of complaints including a delay in reaching a diagnosis for the necrotising fasciitis. (Dunfermline Press: 2nd January)

On the 11th May 2018, it was reported in the Dunfermline Press that Paul Hawkins and his team could close the minor injuries unit at Queen Margaret and centralise it all to Kirkcaldy.

In a Freedom of Information request reported in the Courier on June 5th 2018, it was revealed that there are patients who have been forced to wait nearly two years to begin mental health treatment.

On 25 FEB 2018, it was reported in the Dunfermline Press that a mum suffering ectopic pregnancy was 'left without food and water' for FIVE days after an operation delay.

These are just some of the things from the last year that has happened within NHS Fife and there is no real way to know how deep the rabbit hole goes.

A few years ago, my mother who has M.S was taken into hospital with what was suspected to be the flu. The doctors did not check her properly, instead, they loaded her up with fluids and transferred her to the ward upstairs in the Victoria Hospital where she was not given her medications properly over a number of days. Despite her having dementia, she wasn't fed properly. My father and I had to bring her food from home and make sure she had something to eat. This resulted in a formal complaint. She was subsequently discharged without being checked properly and not long after suffered a pulmonary embolism and in the words of the A&E doctors, the clots had "been there for a long time" not just days. She was administered TPA and we nearly lost her because of it.

With my treatment, I fought for a diagnosis of my M.E for nearly 7 years before finally giving up and getting a diagnosis for my illness while on holiday in Moscow with my wife. I was supposed to get surgery with the NHS which could completely rid me of my type 2 diabetes but am being denied it on a technicality which should not apply because of other health factors which the national framework dictates that it should be overridden in such cases. NHS Fife is currently under investigation by the SPSO for discrimination and has been lambasted by local MSP Alex Rowley for failing to deal with the complaint, not adequately, but deal with it at all.

This is the man who you entrust the wellbeing of your health and that of your families and friends at NHS Fife and the buck stops with him. He left the NHS board in Wales he runs with the biggest deficit in Wales and now he is running NHS Fife into the ground.

Paul Hawkins needs to go! Whether he is pushed by the Scottish Government or whether he resigns of his own accord. He is being paid over £140,000 per year by the taxpayer and is failing at his job. Both him and his board need replaced!


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