Monitor puts censured hospital trust into administration

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 16 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2444
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is insolvent and has been put into administration by the regulator Monitor, in the first use of powers given to it in 2009.

Hugo Mascie-Taylor, clinical adviser to the contingency planning team that investigated the trust for Monitor, and two insolvency practitioners, Alan Bloom and Alan Hudson of the consultancy firm Ernst and Young, have been appointed trust special administrators. Their brief is to decide, after consulting with local commissioners, which of the services currently provided by the trust, which runs Stafford and Cannock Hospitals, are needed locally and can be run sustainably.

The trust has struggled since a Healthcare Commission investigation sparked by high death rates uncovered a catalogue of “appalling” care …

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