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UK hospital drops partnership plans after quality of care improves

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2455 (Published 31 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2455
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

An NHS hospital facing a takeover by a private company or a neighbouring NHS trust has been handed a reprieve after the procurement process to find a partnering organisation was abandoned.

The NHS Trust Development Authority, which oversees the performance management of NHS trusts, said that the process to find a partner for George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Warwickshire had been halted after evidence of improvements to clinical services and the quality of care over the past year.

The hospital was one of 11 trusts placed in special measures by Jeremy Hunt, England’s health secretary, because of higher than expected death rates.1 …

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