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NHSI Place Another Three Trusts in Financial Special Measures

NHS Improvement is putting three more National Health Service trusts into financial special measures to help them meet their savings plans.

The three NHS trusts that are placed in financial special measures are listed below: 

  • North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust
  • St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

According to the NHS Improvement, these three trusts have failed to keep up with their agreed control totals. So, the trusts will be joining the seven trusts currently in financial special measures as they ran up a combined deficit of £145m.

On July 2016, the financial special measures programme was introduced to help NHS trusts struggling financially, and has saved the NHS around £100m in improving efficiencies since its establishment.

Each trusts in financial special measures will receive a package of support from NHS Improvement, which is designed to achieve rapid financial improvement, while maintaining or improving their quality. A Financial Improvement Director will also be appointed who are highly experienced NHS leaders or experts in supporting financial improvement in major organisations.

The chief executive of NHS Improvement, Jim Mackey said that three trusts being put into financial special measures are not on course to meet their savings targets and financial special measures will be an effective way of supporting them to significantly improve.

The chief executive of the NHS Confederation, Niall Dickson commented that the news should come as evidence that NHS organisations are working “flat out” to sustain their services with incredibly tight finances.

There was a growing recognition in the National Health Service that money alone would not solve its problems, as he also called for the health and care system to be redesigned, describing it as “not fit-for-purpose".

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