HEALTHCARE bosses in Staffordshire have failed to reach an agreement over the future of Stafford Hospital within the time alloted to them.
Administrators at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, brought in by healthcare regulator Monitor to address issues of clinical and financial sustainability, were this week set to submit their final recommendations for Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (MSFT).
In a statement issued today, Monitor said it had laid an order in Parliament extending administrators’ time from 15-55 days, to secure an agreement over future funding arrangements between local commissioners, NHS England, University Hospitals of North Staffordshire NHS Trust and the NHS Trust Development Authority.
Monitor chief executive, Dr David Bennett, said the healthcare regulator need the extra time to find an answer to the question of who would provide what funding to secure the future of essential patient services in Mid-Staffordshire.
“We are giving extra time for the interested parties to reach agreement over the next few weeks, in order to ensure that patients continue to get the services they need and the taxpayer gets value for money,” he said.
“I hope that agreement can now be reached very quickly so that the staff of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust can be given the assurance they need about their hospitals’ future and patients can be assured about the continuing provision of the essential services (Location Specific Services) requested by their commissioners.”
The trust special administrators’ draft report in July recommended dissolving MSFT and its services being provided by neighbouring organisations, but was unable to achieve financial balance, predicting a deficit after four years of implementation, of around £8.5million.