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Barnsley hospital welcome financial investigation

Health regulator Monitor has announced it will be looking into the finances of Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Bosses at the Trust say they will be carrying out their own investigations, alongside those of Monitor, into the hospital's finances.

On 31 March 2014 the Trust declared a Serious Incident into financial irregularities at the Hospital. Supporting this, the Trust has also commenced both internal and external investigations into our how our finances have been managed. Monitor, our Regulator, has announced that it will be carrying out its own investigation into the Trust’s finances and also our performance against the national four-hour wait target. We will be working in partnership with Monitor and will be fully co-operating with its investigation.

The Trust would like to reassure patients that services are in no way affected by its financial position and patient care continues as normal.

– Barnsley Hospital spokesperson

Barnsley hospital to be investigated

Health sector watchdog Monitor has launched an investigation into Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust following concerns about the trust’s finances and over A&E waiting times.

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to be investigated Credit: Press Association

The trust has breached the national A&E quarterly target five times in an 18 month period.

Its financial performance has also deteriorated with the consequence that it reported a deficit of £2.3m in February 2014.

Monitor will examine whether the trust is operating in breach of its licence to provide health care services and will take action if it is needed, to put things right.

Frances Shattock, Regional Director for the North at Monitor, said:

“We are opening this investigation because we want to understand why the trust is facing problems in its A&E and with its finances so that we can help it to improve and provide a good quality service for local people.

“We expect the trust to take rapid action to address its problems whilst an investigation is ongoing. If necessary, we will not hesitate to take regulatory action.”