The NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) has today confirmed that the procurement process to find a strategic partner for George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust will not continue further.
The decision has been taken following evidence showing improvements to clinical services and quality of care for patients over the past year. This is a result of the Trust’s response to going into special measures and the successful relationship with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB).
The TDA believes that continuing the relationship with UHB is the best way to achieve further improvements to services for patients and that the procurement process should therefore be brought to a close.
The TDA will now be working closely with the Trust as it prepares for its inspection by the Chief Inspector of Hospitals at the end of April. It is the CQC who ultimately decide whether the improvements the Trust has made will enable them to exit special measures. The long-term future of the Trust will be further considered later in 2014, informed by the outcomes of Sir David Dalton’s ongoing review into supporting challenged providers and the strategic planning process.
David Flory, Chief Executive of the NHS Trust Development Authority said:
“The Trust has shown real improvement since being placed in special measures and working closely with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. Although there is clearly a great deal of work still to do, the TDA believes the Trust are best placed to do that by continuing the existing arrangements rather than pursuing a different strategic partner organisation. ”