Forking out for agency staff continues to hit Nuneaton’s hospital hard as it battles to keep up with demand for care while desperately trying to balance its books. Having vowed to end the 2019/2020 financial year ‘breaking even’, the George Eliot Hospital has seen its planned expenditure already £200,000 over budget in April alone. This is down to ‘ high levels’ of use of medical agency staff, spanning from consultants to middle grade and junior doctors, to ensure that patients are cared for. At a George Eliot Hospital Trust board meeting, Michael Parr, operational director of finance, explained: “In the first month we recorded a deficit position of £2.5m versus a planned deficit of £2.3m, so we are about £0.2m off at the moment, there is a number of small variances but the primary driver of that is the continued high use of medical agency,” he explained. “Going forward there are three main risks to the trust’s … [Read more...] about Agency costs £200,000 over budget in one month at the Eliot
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D. J. Taylor 27 April 2019 9:00 AM 27 April 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Faber & Faber: The Untold Story of a Great Publishing House Toby FaberFaber, pp.408, £20 Like many a 20th-century publishing house, the fine old firm of Faber & Faber came about almost by accident. The inaugurating Faber — Geoffrey — was an All Souls don in search of a livelihood, who began his career in the post-Great War book trade by investing in the Scientific Press, publishers of the Nursing Mirror. There was trouble with the Gwyer family, owners of the original concern, who resisted the move into general books and disliked the poems of Faber’s brisk young protégé Mr Eliot, but by 1929 the sale of the Mirror for an eye-watering £190,000 (about £5 million at current values), allowed Geoffrey to buy them out and set up on his own. None of this was accomplished without a struggle, and Toby Faber, the … [Read more...] about Would Faber & Faber still exist without T.S. Eliot?
A unique chance to walk in the footsteps of George Eliot and see some of her favourite places is up-for-grabs. The George Eliot Fellowship is making special efforts this year, which is the 200th anniversary of George Eliot, to get people excited about the world famous writer who spent the first half of her life in the area and used it as a backdrop to most of her novels all those years ago. As part of this, the fellowship is running one of its popular George Eliot Tours on Monday, May 6 as a Bank Holiday treat. The tour starts at Chilvers Coton Heritge Centre with coffee or tea and a talk. It then goes over the road to look at the George Eliot family graves before going by coach to Arbury Hall for a full tour of the hall and a chance to look at the gardens. Unique to the George Eliot tours is a chance to see South Farm where George Eliot was born. Next stop is Astley church, described in her books … [Read more...] about Take the George Eliot tour
Theo Hobson 28 March 2019 9:30 AM 28 March 2019 9:30 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Vincent Van Gogh has been airbrushed by the secular arts media. I have not yet seen the new exhibition at Tate Britain about his London years, so I can only comment on the publicity I have read and heard. This arts chatter downplays, or even ignores, the central feature of his life at this time: his religious zeal. It gives the impression that he was dedicating himself to art, gearing up to be the archetypal creative genius. In reality he did not take art fully seriously in the mid 1870s: though he worked for an art dealer, his real passion was religion. This is not mentioned in the articles about the show I have seen, nor was it mentioned on a radio discussion I heard: instead we hear about his immersion in Dickens and George Eliot, and the possible influence of certain English painters on his later work. His letters to his brother from England are … [Read more...] about Why don’t we talk about Van Gogh’s Christian faith?
Theo Hobson 11 February 2019 10:48 AM 11 February 2019 10:48 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp There’s an interesting article in the Guardian about the study of English at university. It’s in decline, says Susannah Rustin, which is a shame. Bright youngsters who might once have signed up to a few years of sonnets and Chaucer are feeling pressured to study something more useful like engineering. Let them, and those influencing their choices, not suppose that English is self-indulgent thumb-twiddling; let them not forget that it sharpens the critical faculties, and ‘has a humanistic role… in advancing a more expansive and democratic version of Englishness than the nativist one.’ It happens that Susannah Rustin and I studied English together at York University in a previous century, so I’d like to resume an argument that I think I had with her back then, in the pages of a precocious little campus magazine. … [Read more...] about Why I’m relaxed about the decline of English at university