NHS Trust boss says hospitals he runs are ‘the worst place to be’

Hospitals are ‘the worst place to be in the healthcare system’ – according to the chief executive of an NHS trust.

Nick Hulme, who runs the hospitals in Ipswich and Colchester, called them “unsafe places” and added the public had “come to accept the totally unacceptable”.

He said: “These are horrible places – the food is rubbish, we don’t let you sleep, we don’t let you know what’s going on.”

He revealed he’d stayed in some “pretty dodgy” hotels in his day, adding that none of them are places where visitors are forced to “share a bathroom with six people”.

Nick Hulme (pictured with Boris Johnson at Colchester Hospital), who runs the Ipswich and Colchester hospitals, called them “unsafe places” and added the public had “come to accept the totally unacceptable”.

Mr Hulme (pictured) said: “These are terrible places – the food is rubbish, we don’t let you sleep, we don’t let you know what’s going on.”

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“They are terrible and we need to get that message across,” the head of East Suffolk and North Essex’s NHS Foundation Trust told a meeting of the local Integrated Care Board.

“These are not safe places and unless you really need to be there, you shouldn’t be there.”

Two weeks ago a patient who went to the emergency room at Ipswich Hospital with stomach pains complained that she was taken to a maternity ward and waited four days to see a doctor.

Michelle Emmerson-Grey, 44, was only spotted by anyone after she tweeted Mr Hulme.

“To go four days without seeing a doctor and still be in agony is ridiculous,” she said, adding the system “didn’t work.”

The hospital was also criticized in 2018 for using taxpayer money on at least 13 “virginity-restoring procedures” between 2012 and 2017, which involve suturing or reconstructing the hymen.

Mr Hulme has worked in the NHS for over 35 years, becoming Chief Executive of Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust in 2013 and taking on the same role at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust from May 2016.

The trusts were merged in July 2018.

Official figures show 356 patients waited more than 12 hours to be admitted to the Trust’s emergency room in December, with a further 9,324 waiting at least four hours.

Nick Hulme, who runs the hospitals in Ipswich (pictured) and Colchester, called them “unsafe places” and added the public had “come to accept the totally unacceptable”.

Overall, just 66 percent of A&E patients saw a doctor within four hours, compared to a national target of 95 percent.

Hospitals are grappling with winter pressures, a backlog caused by Covid-19 lockdowns, bed closures and strikes.

At Tuesday’s ICB meeting, Mr Hulme referred to the pre-pandemic era, when hospitals he controls would have been on the verge of reporting a serious incident if five patients had been bedless in the emergency room overnight.

He added: “Now that it’s five, we’re really happy. We think it’s a good night.’

A trust spokesman said yesterday he was responding to a question about community care in the public session.

‘[Hospitals are] not always the best place to be cared for,” she said.

When asked what Mr. Hulme is doing to improve conditions for patients, she added: “He’s doing a lot.”

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Brian Ashcraft

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