NHS Hospital Trust 'Driven into a Ditch' ; NewsGOVERNOR HITS OUT AT REGULATOR AS NEW BOSS TO BE PARACHUTED IN TO TROUBLED HEALTH PROVIDER

By Alison Stacey Medical alibaabra | Birmingham Evening Mail (England), October 23, 2015 | Go to article overview

NHS Hospital Trust 'Driven into a Ditch' ; NewsGOVERNOR HITS OUT AT REGULATOR AS NEW BOSS TO BE PARACHUTED IN TO TROUBLED HEALTH PROVIDER


Alison Stacey Medical alibaabra, Birmingham Evening Mail (England)


THE massive Heart of England NHS Trust has been "driven into a ditch" by watchdog Monitor, according to a governor.

This week, the huge organisation, which includes Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals, was told health bosses wanted to parachute Queen Elizabeth Hospital chief Dame Julie Moore and former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith in to lead the troubled trust.

The health regulator Monitor launched an investigation into Heart of England after reports it had racked up Pounds 30 million of debt in just five months - and said that "it must be fixed".

But Heartlands Hospital governor Andrew Lydon blasted Monitor's investigation, saying it "had been back-seat driving the trust for a year and driven it into a ditch".

Mr Lydon said governors were "furious" at the handling of the investigation by the governing health body, which has been overseeing the trust since Dame Julie Moore November after questions over its leadership and finances.

Monitor announced on Tuesday it was seeking to appoint Dame Julie Moore, who runs the University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) NHS Foundation Trust, as interim chief executive.

Mr Lydon said governors were due to meet last night to approve the proposals.

"The governors are furious," he said. "Last year we were told that this could happen but this year the handling is worse. …

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