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Tougher action for underperformance

12th June 2008

New plans to tackle the standard of care in underperforming NHS hospitals and trusts have been laid out by government ministers.


The measures are contained in the document Developing the NHS Performance Regime, which is seen as a blueprint for identifying poor managers in hospitals and trusts and bringing in new management from other hospitals or the private sector if necessary.

In outlining the proposals, Health Minister Ben Bradshaw said: “The NHS has come a long way in the last 10 years, with record investment, more clinical staff, shorter waiting times and better cancer and heart disease survival rates.

“But there are still unacceptable variations in performance and a small number of NHS organisations where performance is not meeting the standards which the public and patients expect.?

He emphasised the point made by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in a speech in January over underperformance in the NHS not being tolerated.

Mr Bradshaw added: “We will publicly identify those trusts with poor safety and clinical records. This new guidance sets out how we will tackle poor performance.?

Under the new system, minimum standards of quality and safer and financial management will be established; trusts not meeting that level will be labelled “challenged?; and the chief executive of the NHS David Nicholson will have responsibility for ensuring such trusts have agreed performance improvement plans with strategic health authorities.

Trusts unable to turn around their performance within the expected time period will be determined to have failed, with the option of a new management team being installed.


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