A scheme, which could’ve seen NHS patients recover in the homes of strangers in Essex – looks as though it won’t go ahead.
Bosses at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust say – at the moment – they have no intention to try out the idea – until there’s been a consultation and safety measures are in place.
It would have seen families paid 50-pounds-a-night to help ease bed shortages.
The hospital’s Deputy Chief Executive Tom Abell has released the following statement…
“Whilst we welcome and encourage new ideas and innovation, there is no intention and there never has been for the hospital to support this pilot at this time. We will never compromise the safety and quality of care for patients and we will not support this pilot until the necessary safeguarding and quality arrangements are in place and there has been full engagement and discussion with our local communities on the proposal, this will happen after a period of detailed work and scoping that we have requested.”