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Jan

Mid-Staffordshire Trust to be broken up


The Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which has been the focus of a health service scandal following an investigation that began four years ago, has no future, Monitor has concluded.

The Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which has been the focus of a health service scandal following an investigation that began four years ago, has no future, Monitor has concluded.

In a report published this week, the NHS regulator said: “A challenged foundation trust is providing safe care today but will not be able to do so on a sustainable basis in the future.”

“Whilst significant improvements have been made to the way the Trust is run and there are no immediate concerns about the care patients are receiving, the experts in the Contingency Planning Team advised Monitor that this will not be sustainable,” the regulator went on to say.

Reports say that the Trust is likely to be broken up and its two hospitals partially closed or handed to new management. According to The Independent, the Trust “became synonymous with poor care after an independent inquiry in 2009 found patients had suffered appalling neglect”.

Stephen Hay, managing director for Provider Regulation at Monitor, said: "The team of independent experts have consulted widely in examining whether Mid Staffordshire is sustainable in its current form. Now we have the team’s conclusions, it is important that they move forward quickly to find a way to safeguard services for patients in this area."

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