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The Contingency Planning Team are now considering how services should be provided in a way which meets the needs of patients in the Mid Staffordshire area but is also sustainable.
This will include assessing whether some services should be moved to existing or new providers in the area.
Once the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts Monitor has received the final report, it will decide what to do next and could put the trust into Special Administration.
There are no immediate concerns over the care being offered at through the trust at present experts in the Contingency Planning Team advised the the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts, Monitor, that this will not be sustainable.
The report says that Mid Staffs is one of the smallest trusts in the country with relatively low levels of patients attending accident and emergency, and requiring non-elective surgery and maternity services.
This means the two hospitals at Stafford and Cannock Chase will find it increasingly difficult to provide adequate professional experience for consultants, and support them in the numbers recommended to maintain a high quality service in the long term.
- The Department of Health gave the Trust £20m last year
- The investigation found that in order to break even, the Trust would need to make £53m of savings in five years (equating to 7% of its annual budget every year)
- The Trust would still require a £73m subsidy from the Department over the period.
A challenged foundation trust is providing safe care now but will not be able to do so on a sustainable basis in the future, according to an independent investigation for the health sector regulator.
The findings were published in an interim report from a team of experts tasked by Monitor with examining whether Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust in its current form is able to provide services to local patients in the long term.
The team reported that the Trust is not clinically sustainable in its present form and cannot break even without compromising future clinical services.