Eastbourne MP 'Disappointed' As NHS Trust Faces Special Measures

Tuesday 18th October 2016

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Eastbourne’s MP has spoken of her disappointment about the Trust running the DGH being put in financial special measures.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which also looks after the Conquest in Hastings, has failed to keep up with their agreed control totals and along with two other Trusts, face a deficit of over £73 million. A total of eight Trusts across the country are now in financial special measures.

Jim Mackey, Chief Executive of NHS improvement, said, “NHS providers all over the country have responded well to the financial challenge, are working flat out to meet growing demand, and continue to provide high quality care in more efficient ways.

“The five trusts who are already in financial special measures have responded well, and we’ve been able to work together to identify around £100 million extra in savings.

“However, the three providers going into financial special measures are causing significant concern. They’ve agreed savings targets locally but are a long way from meeting them."

Eastbourne MP, Caroline Ansell responded to today’s (18 October) announcement saying, “Like many people in the town, I'm disappointed, but not surprised, that our hospital trust has been placed in financial special measures.

“‘The move does, however, mean the trust will receive additional support, expertise and close monitoring to set the budget back on track and this is welcome.

“I am confident that the trust can successfully address this situation and as ever, they have my unswerving support. There has been real progress made in many areas since the new leadership took up its role. However, it is fair to say those in charge now have years of poor management to roll back and this will take time.”


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