Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 6°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Bury St Edmunds: Monitor launch investigation into West Suffolk Hospital’s finances

15:44 16 May 2014

West Suffolk Hospital

West Suffolk Hospital

Archant

A health watchdog has launched an investigation into whether West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has breached its licence to provide healthcare for patients due to concerns about its financial performance.

shares

The trust has said this was due to a number of factors, including an increase in the number of emergency admissions and delays in discharging patients after treatment at the hospital.

As part of the investigation, Monitor will work with the trust and other NHS bodies to understand the trust’s financial position and the local response. Monitor’s regional director for the Midlands and East of England, Adam Cayley, said: “We need to understand why West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s financial position has deteriorated and be assured that our concerns about its financial performance are suitably addressed and do not impact on the trust delivering the care its patients deserve.”

Monitor had previously questioned the trust’s financial sustainability, while the West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) had called its financial position “non-viable” unless changes could be made.

Stephen Graves, chief executive at West Suffolk Hospital, said: “Along with many other NHS trusts across the country, we have been experiencing financial challenges and ended 2013/14 with a £3.6m deficit because of the national tariff reduction and high levels of emergency activity.

“These financial challenges will remain and we forecast a loss of £8m in 2014/15. This is a worst case scenario and our recently published two-year plan, along with the work currently underway with PricewaterhouseCoopers, will improve the final outcome.

“As a result Monitor, our regulator, has decided to take a closer look at our finances so that they can understand the reasons behind our performance and the steps we are taking to improve the situation in the future.

 “It is important to stress that Monitor have no other concerns and recognise that the quality of care we provide to our patients and our performance in all other areas remain strong.

“We will continue to work closely with Monitor to provide any assurances they request that our plans are aligned, where necessary, with West Suffolk CCG and together we can deliver the necessary improvements.”

This year, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust was shortlisted in the CHKS Top Hospitals Awards 2014 for the quality of care it provides for the fourth year running. The Trust won the award in 2011 and 2012.

West Suffolk was also named as Trust of the Year 2013 for the Midlands and East of England region as part of the publication of the annual Dr Foster Hospital Guide.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Teen robbed of phone and bike

Police are appealing for help to find two men who robbed a teenager at knifepoint.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue crews called to fire at Stowmarket home

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of arson and affray after a fire was started at a Suffolk home and officers threatened with a knife.

Trains cancelled due to lack of driver

A number of trains have been cancelled this evening due to an absent driver.

Suspected gas explosion on Federick Road in Gorleston.

 Picture: James Bass

Two people have been taken to hospital following a suspected gas explosion near Lowestoft.

David Murton (L to R) Paul Whiting and Bill Barton in front of the main telescope at the Orwell Astronomical Society. Photograph Simon Parker

Astronomy enthusiasts will be gathering outside Isaacs on March 20 to view the celestial event - and you are invited to join them.

The Ormiston mini marathon at Trinity Park in 2014

This weekend’s Ormiston Families Children’s Marathon has been postponed.

Police called to scene of road collision

Police have been called to the scene of a collision between a car and a motorcycle on a road near Sudbury.

The new community cinema launched in St Mary's Church in Bury. Joanna Rayner and Rev Cannon Malcolm Rogers are pictured.

A Bury St Edmunds church is turning into a cinema as it intends to hold free community film events over the coming year.

@TheRec in Stowmarket

Six buildings in Suffolk are in the running to win awards dished out by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Cobbolds Point, Felixstowe, by Peter Smith, is on show as part of the Suffolk Creative Photographic Group exhibition at Woodbridge Library during March

From broody compositions to sun-kissed scenes – an exhibition of photographs currently on display at a Suffolk library has a bit of everything to offer.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages