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Mid Staffordshire trust is insolvent and clinically unsustainable, finds report

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 18 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f374
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Independent assessors are considering how Mid Staffordshire Foundation NHS Trust services should be reorganised, including which need to remain local and which could be provided by private companies, after they found that the trust was facing financial and clinical collapse.

Monitor, the economic regulator of the NHS, appointed a contingency planning team last September to look at the long term solutions for providing services to the trust’s patients.

In an interim report on the sustainability of the trust, the team, made up of experts from the consultancy firms Ernst & Young and McKinsey, concluded that standards of care at the trust were acceptable and that it was “operationally sustainable,” meaning that it had the organisational structure, operating model, governance, risk management procedures, and operational …

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