Monitor takes steps to secure services for patients in Nottinghamshire

Healthcare regulator Monitor and Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have agreed the steps that need to be taken to tackle the financial and leadership problems being experienced by the trust, which has been in special measures since July 2013.

The trust, which provides services for patients at King’s Mill, Mansfield Community and Newark Hospitals, is expected to post a deficit of £32.7m for 2014-15. And despite having made some improvements to the care offered, it is not seeing some patients quickly enough for routine operations.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has now agreed to: (i) develop a short-term financial recovery plan to address immediate concerns about its financial position; (ii) draw up a long-term financial recovery plan to secure services for patients in the future; (iii) employ a turnaround director; and (iv) develop a plan to make sure recent improvements in the time it takes to see patients in Accident and Emergency are maintained in the long-term.

In addition to these measures, the regulator has also stipulated that the trust draws up an action plan for improving the way it is run.

Going forward, Monitor has said that it will continue to monitor the trust’s progress and take further action if it is deemed necessary.

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