Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital has a new chief-executive and chairman in a management shake up after the trust has been placed in special measures.
Monitor has announced today (Friday, October 25), the Lynn NHS Foundation Trust is in special measures because it provided poor care and weak leadership.
David Dean will be taking over from Kate Gordon as trust chairman while a key member of the turnaround team at the Mid-Staffrodshire NHS Foundation Trust, Manjit Obhrai has been appointed chief-executive.
The Board of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust today pledged to take swift action to improve quality of care after being placed in special measures
The move follows warnings from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that patient care was inadequate, and a report from NHS England that highlighted inadequate nurse staffing levels.
Stephen Hay, managing director of provider regulation at Monitor, said today: “We have been monitoring the performance of this trust for some time, and it is clear that the current leadership of the trust is not the right one to bring about the changes needed.
“That’s why we’ve taken this action, appointing new leadership and bringing in a team that has a wealth of experience. Special measures will give the trust the opportunity to start delivering the standard of care patients expect.”
The trust has been in breach of its licence for financial issues since April 2013. But Monitor has decided that, following the concerns raised by CQC and NHS England, the situation has become so serious that it should be the first trust to be put into the new special measures arrangements.
It has also appointed David Hill, who is currently the chief-executive of James Paget Hospital in Great Yarmouth, as improvement director.
The trust’s acting chief executive Sharon Beamish said: “The reviews are critical in a number of key areas and we apologise to our patients for falling short of what should be expected and to our staff for allowing the trust to get into this position. We accept the reports’ findings and as a board we will work with Monitor to do everything we can to put things right as quickly as possible.”