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29
Oct

Urgent action needed at Derby Hospitals Trust


Derbyshire Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust has failed to balance its budget or meet emergency department targets, said health watchdog Monitor, and must now take immediate and effective action to fix its finances and waiting lists.

 


Monitor can appoint a new management team at the hospital if the Trust fails to meet its targets.


In April, Monitor asked the Trust to meet a target of seeing 95% of patients within four hours of arriving at A&E but it only managed to see 93.4%. It also asked the Trust to balance its books, but it had a deficit of £1.9m at the end of July.


The watchdog also has concerns about the number of superbug cases and the number of patients waiting more than 18 weeks between referral and treatment.


A Monitor spokesman said: "These failures may be indicative of wider problems with how the Trust is run.


"Monitor will have to consider what changes will need to be made if the Trust does not demonstrate rapid improvements."


The failure to meet targets has been blamed on an increased demand for services.

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