Scandal-Hit NHS Hospital Trust To Be Dissolved

19 December 2013

Scandal-Hit NHS Hospital Trust To Be Dissolved

The trust that was the subject of The Francis Report is to be dissolved pursuant to a recommendation of The Trust Special Administrators (TSA).

Under the recommendations of The Trust Special Administrators (TSA), the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust is to be dissolved, with control of Stafford Hospital going to University Hospital of North Staffordshire with the further development that Cannock Hospital will now be run by Royal Wolverhampton Trust.

The Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust-at the centre of The Francis Report-had its services deemed as “unsustainable” by the health watchdog Monitor earlier in the year when the trust was placed in administration in April.

The Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust has been in administration since April when services were deemed "unsustainable" by the health watchdog Monitor.

With the dissolution of the trust after the publishing of a TSA findings report, a new midwife-led maternity unit will be created with the capabilities to help deliver half the number of babies. More difficult births will be dealt with at University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

Critical patients will be allowed to stay overnight in Stafford subject to the availability of appropriate staff on duty and paediatric assessment will still take place at the hospital by specialist staff in conjunction with A&E.

The TSA said while significant improvements had been made at the trust over the past two to three years, deeming the trust’s services clinically safe, they were still “highly fragile”.

The health watchdog Monitor has 20 working days from Tuesday, 17 December to consider the final report. If approved, it will be passed to the secretary of state who will have a period of 30 working days to announce his final decision.

If the secretary of state agrees, the implementation of proposed changes would cost a total of £220m.

The Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust provides healthcare for people in Stafford, Cannock, Rugeley and the surrounding areas, covering a total population of approximately 275,000 people.

Stafford Conservative MP Jeremy Lefroy said he was meeting with the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, later on Wednesday.

He said: "I have real concerns about children's services and paediatrics.

"We need 24/7 cover to take in all ill children - the most ill would still go to Stoke and Birmingham, but Stafford needs to be able to take children to assess them and keep them overnight if needed."

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