Published on: 27th February 2013
Monitor has today published guidance in draft form for Trust Special Administrators who may in future be appointed to run NHS foundation trusts where the provision of quality services is threatened.
Over the next few weeks the sector regulator will be seeking views from providers, commissioners and other interested parties about how individuals who take on the duties of a Trust Special Administrator will be appointed and carry out their statutory roles.
Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, Monitor has powers to appoint a special administrator where a foundation trust is likely to become insolvent and where it cannot continue to provide quality services in the future. The powers are expected to be used when attempts to stabilise the trust have failed.
When a Trust Special Administrator is appointed, they must prioritise the delivery of services to patients and work with commissioners and other local healthcare organisations to find a clinically robust and sustainable way of providing services in the future. Their proposed solution must undergo a public consultation.
David Bennett, Chief Executive at Monitor, said:
"Trust Special Administrators will only be called upon in exceptional circumstances, when we have worked with a foundation trust to explore all other options for safeguarding patient services.
When these circumstances arise the Guidance will help Trust Special Administrators as they work with local commissioners to make sure that patients can continue to receive the care that they need."
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