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Sherwood Forest takes guidance from Monitor

The Board of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on Monday in a statement said that industry regulator Monitor had given it details of how it will intervene following the Trust recently being found in breach of the terms of its authorisation.

The Trust is in breach of its terms of authorisation as a Foundation Trust for two main reasons:

• Failure to exercise its functions effectively, efficiently and economically
• Failure to comply with governance requirements

Monitor has appointed an Interim Chair, Christopher Mellor, with immediate effect. The trust will undergo a number of reviews into quality, governance and finance.

Patients, staff and the local communities should be reassured that there will be no disruption to services as a result of this, the Trust pointed out.

The announcement follows news that Trust Chairperson Tracy Doucét stood down from her post on 4 October.

Interim Chief Executive, Mark Goldman, said: “These are challenging times for the NHS, and Sherwood Forest Hospitals is no exception. The trust has moved a long way over the last few months in order to define its future and face the underlying challenges. There comes a point when external support is necessary to achieve this and to ensure that appropriate steps are taken within the necessary timeframe.”