Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Media Cover Ballot Results

There was plenty of coverage of the results of the recent ballot on Friday, with both the Evening Mail and the Birmingham Post running the story. The ballot was also reported on Midlands Today during the 6.30pm News and on News Bulletins on Radio WM. Our very own Ken Taylor did a 10 minute slot on New Style Radio 98.1FM on Saturday evening at 8.40pm with Marie Welch, a mother and very active member of the City Hospital Supporters Group. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the station, it is based at the Afro-Carribean Millenium Centre where the big debate took place earlier this year.

Birmingham Post coverage has some excellent quotes from an unnamed City Hospital consultant. In contrast, the Birmingham Mail's coverage contains some ridiculous quotes from a spokesman for the Trust.

"We accommodated the work of the group during the consultation. Now the board has made its decision, it is no longer appropriate for the group to continue using trust facilities and premises to try and force the board to reconsider its proposals."

said head of communications, Jessamy Kinghorn. It is really a sad state of affairs when staff are banned from using Trust premises while attempting to maintain high quality care for their patients if it goes against Trust Board Policy.

Who exactly do you think is guilty of a conflict of interest? Leave your answer in the comments below.

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