Published on: 17 January 2013
This is the interim report from the Contingency Planning Team tasked by Monitor to examine whether Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is able, in its current form, to provide services to local patients in the long term.
Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the role of Monitor is expanding. The legislation makes clear the primary duty of the new sector regulator is to protect and promote the interests of people who use healthcare services. As part of this revised role, Monitor has acquired new powers to ensure the continuity of services for patients if a provider's financial viability puts them at risk.
An independent report team, made up of experts from Ernst & Young and McKinsey & Company, was appointed by Monitor in September to examine viable long term solutions for providing services to patients in Mid Staffordshire. The work of the Contingency Planning Team (CPT) in Mid Staffordshire is modelled on the framework set out in the Act.
After a programme of engagement with the Trust's Executive team and senior management and local commissioners, the CPT have now reported back to Monitor with their conclusions:
The CPT are now considering how services should be provided in a way which meets the needs of patients in the Mid Staffordshire area and is also sustainable. This will include assessing whether some services should be moved to existing or new providers in the area and who these providers might be. It will reflect the views of commissioners from Stafford and Cannock as to which services it is essential to maintain locally.
The CPT will recommend a solution in its final report to Monitor in the coming months.