Action over failings at South Tees hospitals

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to put right failings revealed in an investigation. Monitor investigated the trust after it failed to meet waiting times in October 2013.

Hospital trust 'has worked hard to address concerns'

The South Tees NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to address failings in infection control, finances and leadership.

They came to light after an investigation by Monitor, the NHS health regulator.

In a statement, the Trust said it was already working hard to address concerns.

“We welcome external scrutiny of our activities and so are happy to accept any extra support that Monitor can offer.

"The trust has always had a strong focus on providing high quality, safe services – something that has been recognised locally, regionally and nationally – and while we are facing some tough challenges, not least our financial position, our commitment to providing excellent services and care for our patients will not change."

– Chief executive Prof Tricia Hart

'We need to secure quality patient services for years to come'

The health service regulator has said the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust must fix financial and infection control failings quickly to secure quality patient services.

The trust has been investigated by Monitor after failing to meet NHS waiting times last year.

“This trust has financial and infection control failings that have to be fixed and quickly.

We have taken action because the trust board has not addressed these risks fully.

We need to secure quality patient services for the people of Middlesbrough and North Yorkshire for years to come.

– Frances Shattock, Regional Director at Monitor

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Trust 'in breach of licence to provide healthcare'

The health sector regulator has found South Tees hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in breach of its licence to provide healthcare, following an investigation.

Monitor started looking into the trust when it failed to meet waiting times in October 2013.

As a result of the inquiry, it has agreed to put right infection control, financial and leadership failings through the following actions.

  • Develop and deliver a financial recovery plan
  • Appoint a transformation director
  • Commission an external leadership review to find out what went wrong and why
  • Develop and deliver an action control plan

Action over failings at South Tees hospitals

James Cook in Middlesbrough is one of the hospitals in the trust.
James Cook in Middlesbrough is one of the hospitals in the trust. Credit: ITV

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to put right failings revealed in an investigation.

Monitor investigated the trust after it failed to meet waiting times in October 2013.

It has agreed to put right leadership, financial and infection control failings.

More to follow.