Monitor takes Norfolk NHS trust out of special measures

7 Aug 15

An NHS foundation trust described by regulator Monitor as “one of England’s most historically troubled” has been removed from special measures.

The step at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust, followed significant improvements in care quality including the appointment of an improvement director, Monitor said.

It warned though that the trust still faced significant financial challenges and would need to implement recommendations from a team of experts sent in by Monitor to clear its deficit of almost £14m.

Much of the savings needed could be achieved by increased efficiency, the watchdog said.

Monitor’s transformation and turnaround director Paul Dinkin commented: “The leadership of Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital has made great progress in improving its services for patients, and deserves to be removed from special measures. 

“At the same time, our team of experts identified significant long-term challenges to the sustainability of the local health and care system.”

Undertakings agreed between Monitor and the trust would “go a long way towards fixing these problems. But further changes to how healthcare is funded and provided will need to be considered by the trust and their commissioners”, he added.

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