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Bridgewater Hospital Closure: My firm could now go under, says businessman owed £58,000

MP calls for ex-staff and creditors of Manchester private hospital to be treated fairly.

 

Bridgewater Hospital. Photograph: Gary Louth

A businessman owed more than £58,000 by a private Manchester hospital which went into liquidation says his firm could now go under.

Sandy Mitchell, who runs an NHS staffing agency called MedStaffing Solutions, says he was still being asked by bosses at The Bridgewater Hospital - used by United and City stars - to supply operating theatre and ward staff 24 hours before it shut down.

A new company, Bridgewater Wellness Clinic, has now 'acquired certain assets' from the hospital and says it has offered new roles to 72 of the staff.

Mr Mitchell said: "The hospital was always late in paying. We were asked to supply staff on Monday and Tuesday and on Thursday we were told the company had gone into liquidation.

"We still have to pay the staff that we supplied. We're a small company and the loss of £58,000 is life or death for us. It's devastating.

"We are contemplating now whether we will have to go out of business. We were told, 'Sorry, but the hospital has closed down'.

"Staff at the hospital were devastated. A lot of them were in tears. They had no knowledge of what was coming. They were left humiliated.

"These people put heart and soul into that hospital. It used to be a prestigious hospital, but it has been totally destroyed."

The hospital's staff were called to a meeting before being told they were all being made redundant.

The hospital was owned by Bridgewater Hospital Ltd.

Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell said: "This situation is concerning, particularly if staff have found themselves unemployed and businesses are not being paid what is owed to them.

"I have written to the company who operate the hospital to ask them whether they intend to do the responsible thing and make sure that individuals and suppliers are paid properly."

The 19-bed hospital offers a range of treatments including hip and knee replacements, cosmetic surgery, dermatology and physiotherapy treatments. Many of the doctors there also work within the NHS.

Both United and City have used the hospital in Hulme to carry out medical exams on new signings for years. Juan Mata, Angel di Maria and Daley Blind were pictured arriving at the clinic for checks ahead of their moves to United.

City striker Sergio Aguero was pictured arriving in January.

A spokeswoman from liquidators Scott-Moncrieff said: "We understand the new business operating from the facility has made offers of employment to 72 former employees of Bridgewater Hospital.

"We are currently assessing the creditor position and have written to all known creditors. A meeting of creditors will be called in due course."

A spokeswoman for Bridgewater Wellness Clinic said: "All of the employees of Bridgewater Hospital have been made redundant and the majority have been offered new employment with Bridgewater Wellness Clinic.

"Bridgewater Hospital (Manchester) Ltd had sustained considerable losses in recent years. As the management and directors could not secure further investment and funding to support the ongoing cash flow needs and cash burn every month, there was no other option than to place the business into insolvency."

 

Source: Manchester Evening News

 

 

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