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DoH announces consultation on failed NHS providers

11th September 2008

The Department of Health (DoH) has announced the publication of a consultation on the programme for failed NHS providers.

It follows on from the Developing and NHS Performance Regime set out in June 2008 and includes proposals for the steps to be taken in the event of a clinical or organisational failure of an NHS body.

The goals of the initiative for failed providers are to underpin the NHS performance regime, support quality regulation to guarantee high-quality services, reinforce the NHS Foundation Trust programme and protect staff and patients from failing services.

Also included in the consultation is the plan to establish a trust special administrator to take control of failing trusts to make sure it provides effective and safe services for patients.

David Nicholson, chief executive of the NHS, said: “The majority of hospitals and trusts are performing well, providing high quality services to patients and managing resources effectively.”

He added that it nevertheless vital for there to be clear processes in place for when challenged trusts fail to improve themselves to guarantee the provision of services for patients can continue.

Last month, the British Medical Association expressed concerns over plans to introduce polyclinics and GP-led health centres.

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