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New measures announced to improve standards at NHS hospitals

19th September 2013

The government has announced tougher measures to ensure that standards at failing NHS trusts are brought up to scratch.

In future, NHS hospitals with the highest standards of patient care and safety will help those with problems, with 11 trusts that have already been placed in the special measures category to be paired with the best trusts in the country through innovative improvement contracts.

The high-performing hospitals will be reimbursed for their time and will have access to a special incentive fund, while those in the special measures group will have their autonomy suspended, with the capabilities of their leaders being reviewed and improvement directors to be appointed.

Moreover, each of the 11 trusts will be required to publish their improvement plans via NHS Choices and plans will be put in place for senior clinicians and fresh talent to be recruited to manage hospitals under a new fast-track leadership programme.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "In place of the old approach of paying management consultants to analyse the problems, we are giving contracts to the best in the NHS to implement solutions they have tried and tested."

Earlier this month, Mr Hunt announced that 500 million pounds will be made available over the next two years to support radical changes to NHS care provision in order to relieve service pressures.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801639639-ADNFCR

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