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Monitor Intervenes for Second Time at Crisis Trust

Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts, has announced that it has used its formal powers of intervention for a second time at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS. Foundation Trust. Medical law solicitor Ruth Keenleyside comments on the latest action. 

The solicitor representing several families affected by the crisis at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust has given her reaction to the news that Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts, has announced that it has used its formal powers of intervention for a second time at the Trust.

Ruth Keenleyside from Burnetts in Carlisle said, “Monitor’s latest report could not be more damning. What we first thought was a local problem, confined to one department in one hospital is instead a major failing affecting three communities in two counties.”

“Every single paragraph of the huge matrix of evidence which Monitor publishes today is shocking. There has been a total lack of leadership and management across the Trust and despite their constant assurances to the contrary, essential changes have not been made. Worst of all, Monitor describes two occasions where assurances they had been given were later found to be untrue.”

Ruth continued, “I know our clients will be especially upset by the revelation that as recently as December 2011, the Trust had failed to address more than 100 known risks relating to maternity and its interface with paediatrics.”

“I really hope that Monitor’s intervention enables the Trust’s Board to start to make the changes they have so far failed to deliver, but I’m afraid it is going to be a very long process.”

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Monday 6th February

Published: Monday 6th February 2012
Categorised: Medical Negligence

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