Observer Comment: Hospital fines no incentive when cash is returned

THE last thing the Conquest Hospital needs is having to spend scarce cash on fines, as it continues to grapple with a £6million deficit, amassed over the last year.

But hold on - it turns out the penalties levied by the Department of Health are being reinvested back into the hospital.

How strange! That redefines the meaning of fines in our book.

Don’t get us wrong, we’re glad the money is coming back to the Conquest so that patients get the best care possible.

But what kind of incentive is there for the hospital to remedy the situation of men and women sharing the same wards if the money goes full circuit?

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IT was great to see people get behind the opening of this year’s Coastal Currents visual arts festival at the Spotlight event on Saturday.

Now in its 12th year, and with a hugely varied programme, it promises to be the best yet. And if the launch was anything to go by, this will surely be the case.

This year the organisers are hoping to bridge the divide between Hastings and St Leonards, with events taking place at a whole range of locations across the two towns.

The programme has been devised by no means just for the local artists, but for all residents to enjoy, which should make for an exciting few weeks.