Hospital takeover delayed again
Published at 11:00, Thursday, 12 September 2013
The proposed acquisition of the trust which runs Carlisle and Whitehaven hospitals will not go ahead until it has been removed from special measures.
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has today revealed the proposed takeover by Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust on October 1 will not be going ahead.
The hopes of residents and staff have been pinned on the acquisition, which has already been delayed at least twice.
The News & Star revealed the probability of a delay in July, following the publication of the damning Keogh report into higher than expected mortality rates at the hospital trust. The trust was subsequently placed into special measures, and must follow a series of action plans ahead of further inspections.
In a statement announcing the news of the acquisition delay, the north Cumbrian trust says that regulatory approval will be required for the acquisition to be given final approval.
However this can only be granted if all actions recommended within the Keogh report have been delivered and the trust's performance is "in a stable position".
Ann Farrar, interim chief executive of North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, said: “Staff and patients were clearly supportive of the acquisition taking place. However, all of our staff are focused and committed to transforming the quality of the care we provide and I am confident, with the support of all NHS organisations, that we will be able to assure our communities that our services are safe and delivering excellent patient experience.”
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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Need to ask why NHS staff are being used at weekends to do private patients in NHS time whilst people are waiting and why agencies are being used at huge cost employing both outside staff and NHS staff who have to sign up to the agency therefore costing more than asking them directly to do overtime to do initiatives
Few, if any, of the Koeugh proposals have been implemented by the management of the trust. All the management have done is reward failure with new jobs , promotions and bonuses. If the current management really do want the merger to go hed, all they have to do is complete the originals proposals. Or what many health workers would like is to resign md allow people into post who CAN do what they re supposed to do.
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