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Private firm launches 16 point transformation plan for failing NHS hospital

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e842 (Published 02 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e842
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

A private company has unveiled an ambitious 16 point action plan to transform the NHS hospital that it has just taken over running.

From 1 February, Circle took over management of Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust in Cambridgeshire—the first private firm to run a whole NHS trust—and has promised to turn around its fortunes.

The trust has debts of around £40m (€48m; $63m), which Circle says it is confident it can clear thanks to its transformation plan, which was drawn up with extensive contributions from staff and the local population.

Clinicians and staff can expect several changes to how the trust is run with plans for staff incentive schemes, devolved power to clinical …

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