Regulator probes district hospitals
Tuesday 29th October 2013, 12:10AM GMT.
Health officials are planning to examine the pressures facing district hospitals.
The regulator, Monitor, is to investigate the challenges faced by small hospitals across the country.
The financial situation of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which was at the centre of the care crisis subject to a public inquiry, is said to mirror that of many smaller district general hospitals across England.
The trust was put into special administration after it was deemed to be “financially and clinically unsustainable”.
The administrators recommended the trust should be dissolved and have recently been given more time to submit their final report to the health regulator.
Monitor is now planning to examine whether small, non-specialist, district general hospitals are facing difficulties in delivering high quality, sustainable services.
Monitor chief executive David Bennett said: “We have an important job to do in making sure that the whole sector works in the best interests of patients and understanding the pressures on small hospitals is an important part of that job.
“Smaller acute providers are an integral part of the NHS and we want to know more about the pressures they face.”