Two Staffordshire hospitals to remain open under rescue plan

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 19 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7619
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, hit by a scandal over failings in care and hundreds of excess deaths between 2005 and 2008, is to be dissolved, but its two hospitals will remain open under new management.

The trust has been in administration since April, when the watchdog Monitor deemed it clinically and financially unsustainable.1 It had struggled since the Healthcare Commission uncovered a catalogue of “appalling” care at Stafford Hospital.

Three special administrators sent in to deal with its burgeoning deficit and to deliver clinical and financial stability said that their final plan, published on 17 December, would see …

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