NHS Trust In Administration

An NHS Trust which is losing £1 million a week has become the first in the country to be put under the control of a special administrator.

Health Secretary on South London Healthcare Trust

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said that past efforts to tackle the deficit at the South London Healthcare Trust had not been successful, and that turning its fortunes around would be a "big challenge".

It is the first NHS trust in the country to be put under the control of a special administrator.

"Although there have been some improvements in mortality rates, maternity services and infection control, and some early signs of improvements in waiting times, they do not go far enough. It will be impossible for South London to build on these improvements while tackling such a large deficit....

"...I am confident that with the regime I am enacting today in place, and working extensively with clinicians, health service leaders, patients and local people, [the special administrator] will have the tools and framework in place to find a long-term satisfactory solution for the people of south east London."

– Health Secretary Andrew Lansley

NHS trust goes into administration

Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup
The trust runs Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup, the Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich and the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley. Credit: London Tonight

An NHS Trust which is losing a million pounds a week has become the first in the country to be put under the control of a special administrator.

South London Healthcare NHS Trust runs Queen Mary's in Sidcup, the Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich and the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley.

The government has appointed Matthew Kershaw, a former NHS chief executive, to get the trust back on track following criticism of standards and a defecit of more than 150 million pounds.

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