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East Lancashire Hospitals need to get 'good' rating for greater freedom
1:00pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in East Lancashire
THE Royal Blackburn and Burnley General Hospitals will not be given greater freedom from government control until they have a ‘good’, or ‘outstanding’ rating.
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) has been trying to attain foundation trust status for several years, but a highly-critical report by NHS chief Sir Bruce Keogh in July means those plans have now been shelved for the forseeable future.
ELHT was placed in special measures after publication of the report, with health chiefs from a successful hospital trust in Newcastle to be drafted in to ensure improvements are made.
Foundation trusts are meant to have attained high levels of performance, but questions have been raised over the process since six of the 11 trusts placed in special measures by Sir Bruce had previously obtained the benchmark.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said trusts will no longer be able to achieve foundation status ‘unless and until’ they have been given at least a ‘good’ rating under the new Care Quality Commission inspection regime.
Foundation trusts are not directed by government, so have greater freedom to decide their own strategy and the way services are run.
They can also retain their surpluses and borrow to invest in new, and improved, services.
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