Ernst & Young’s Alan Bloom is to lead a new Trust Special Administration process after Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust collapsed.
Regulator Monitor confirmed that the affairs of Stafford Hospital and other assets of the trust will be managed jointly by E&Y’s restructuring partner Alan Bloom and clinician Dr Hugo Mascie-Taylor from tomorrow (16 April 2013).
David Bennett, chief executive of Monitor, said it was important that people in Mid Staffordshire know that they can still access services as usual at Stafford and Cannock hospitals while the Trust Special Administration process is on-going.
He explained: “We have taken this decision to make sure that patients in the Mid Staffordshire area have the services they need in the future.
“It is now the role of the Trust Special Administrators to work with the local community to decide the best way of delivering these services. There will be a full public consultation on any proposals for change.”
Monitor took the decision to make the appointment after experts in a Contingency Planning Team concluded that the Trust was neither clinically nor financially sustainable in its current form. The appointment has been made following consultation with the Health Secretary and an order authorising the appointment was laid in Parliament today.
The Trust Special Administrators now have 45 working days to design a way of providing services to patients in the area that is sustainable in the long term. The plan will then be subject to a public consultation.
Local clinical commissioners have already indicated which services must remain in the area under the new plan and the Trust Special Administrators will take this into account.
Services at the Stafford and Cannock hospitals will continue to run as normal until a final decision is reached.