Additional Failing Hospitals likely to be found

Additional Failing Hospitals likely to be found

Further hospitals in England are likely to put into special measures according to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt as he unveiled the rescue plan for failing Trusts.

Mr Hunt is beginning a new inspection regime to try and identify more Trusts that need to be turned around.

He outlined what support was already being given to the 11 Trusts who had already been put into special measures.

Managers who work at the top NHS hospitals will be sent in to lend support.

If standards are raised at the failing Trusts there will be bonus payments made which will be taken from a pot totalling £5.5million.

Mr Hunt is alone and he told the BBC that there were a “handful of inspirational leaders…anxious to help.”

He said that the management consultants who were popular in the past identified the problems but did not solve them.

He told the BBC that solving the problems will be difficult:

“Turning around our failing hospital is perhaps one of the biggest challenges we are facing today.

“It is entirely possible even likely other hospitals will have to go into special measures”

Dame Julie Moore Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham is a manager taking part.

She spoke to the BBC:

“I don’t think we’re talking about upping sticks and abandoning our home base.”

She believes that the plan would be looking at sharing knowledge and expertise and focusing on IT.

She said that her organisation would not have a problem attracting good managers to plug the gaps.

11 Trusts were placed into special measures following review by NHS Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh which unearthed details of patients being left unmonitored backlogs in complaints and poor maintenance of operating theatres.

The review came after the Stafford Hospital scandal and it looked into standards of care with the worst death rates.

Sir Bruce said while the failings were significant they had found nothing on the scale of the Stafford Hospital where hundreds suffered neglect and abuse.

The 11 trusts that have been put in special measures have been given these partners

  • North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland) – to be partnered with Northumbria
  • Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Diana Princess of Wales Hospital Goole and District Hospital and Scunthorpe General) – partner trust to be confirmed
  • Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – to be partnered with University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust – being partnered with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – to be partnered with the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – to be partnered with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust – to be partnered with Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust – to be partnered with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – being partnered with Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (specifically on complaints)
  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust – to be partnered with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  • Medway NHS Foundation Trust – partner trust to be confirmed

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