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The Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust could become the first to be put into adminsitration by the regulator Monitor.
Monitor say they've started the process to safeguard services for local patients. They will now consult key organisations and the Health Secretary about whether or not appoint Trust Special Administrators to make changes.
They would have to work with local healthcare organisations to reorganise services in Mid Staffordshire. It could see services reduced in some places or moved to others.
Monitor's Chief Executive David Bennett said 'We are now consulting on whether to appoint Trust Special Administrators with the expertise to reorganise services in a way which is clinically robust and sustainable. Their priority will be to make sure that patients can continue to access the services that they need and they will work with the local community to do this.'
John Caudwell, Chairman of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation trust said, “Today’s announcement by Monitor of a consultation on the appointment of a Trust Special Administrator (TSA) for the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (MSFT) is a significant step. The prime concern of the present board has been to ensure the delivery of safe and sustainable services of high quality to the communities served by our hospitals at Cannock and Stafford. We have accepted for some time that MSFT working alone cannot produce a long lasting solution to the issues we face to ensure financial and clinical sustainability. We will continue to work with our regulators and commissioners to deliver the services they require to our local community.”