AN INDEPENDENT Staffordshire health watchdog called the decision to extend administrator’s time to deliver the final report on the future of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (MSFT) both ‘disappointing and understandable’.
Engaging Communities Staffordshire chief executive Jan Sensier, which delivers Healthwatch Staffordshire, urged administrators to use the extra 40 days granted them by healthcare regulator Monitor wisely to reach the ‘right’ decisions for local people.
“The fact there has been an extension to the process is both disappointing and understandable,” she said. “While it is important for an agreement to be reached on funding as quickly as possible, it is also crucial that the right decisions are made for the future.
“The extension provides extra time to make those decisions and I would urge all of those involved to use that time wisely.”
Ms Sensier said it was ‘vitally important’ the quality of services provided by MSFT were maintained throughout the delay.
Monitor said last week administrators had completed their final report on services and said the delay was necessary to reach an agreement between local commissioners, NHS England, University Hospitals of North Staffordshire NHS Trust and the NHS Trust Development Authority over who would fund what services in the future.