Stafford Hospital Goes Into Administration

Heath regulator Monitor has appointed two Special Administrators to sort out services at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

Clinician Dr Hugo Mascie-Taylor along with Alan Bloom of Ernst and Young have taken over the running of the Trust on Tuesday 16th April with the current executive reporting to them. They will work with commissioners and other local healthcare organisations as well as local GP's to produce a plan for the reorganisation and sustainable delivery of health services.

Monitor took the decision to make the appointment after experts in a Contingency Planning Team concluded that the Trust was neither clinically nor financially sustainable in its current form. The appointment has been made following consultation with the Health Secretary and an order authorising the appointment was laid in Parliament today.

The Trust Special Administrators now have 45 working days to design a way of providing services to patients in the area that is sustainable in the long term. The plan will then be subject to a public consultation. Local clinical commissioners have already indicated which services must remain in the area under the new plan and the Trust Special Administrators will take this into account.

Services at the Stafford and Cannock hospitals will continue to run as normal until a final decision is reached. 

David Bennett, Chief Executive of Monitor, said:

“We have taken this decision to make sure that patients in the Mid Staffordshire area have the services they need in the future. It is now the role of the Trust Special Administrators to work with the local community to decide the best way of delivering these services. There will be a full public consultation on any proposals for change.”

Statement by Lyn Hill-Tout, Chief Executive, Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

“Our staff continue to provide care for our patients at both Stafford and Cannock Chase Hospitals, and are very proud to continue to put patients first.

“We would like to reassure local people and GPs that we are continuing to provide all our usual services at both hospitals and patients should turn up as usual for any appointments they have.

“We would like to thank our local community for their continued support, which means a great deal to staff.”