NHS board members “face sack” if their organisations fail to improve

According to an article in the Daily Telegraph (25 October 2008), “Ministers are drawing up a list of failing NHS organisations which will be handed to new management, including private sector firms, if they do not improve. Under the plans, chief executives and their whole board of directors would be sacked without pay-offs.”

The article goes on to say that “Between 30 and 40 hospital, primary care and ambulance trusts are expected to be labelled as “underperforming” in a Government list set to be published before Christmas.

About six of them will be classed as “seriously underperforming”. If they have not improved by April, they will be deemed to be “challenged” and their entire board could be sacked in a matter of months.

The remainder will face the same threat later next year if their performance does not improve, triggering a second round of takeovers in 2010.

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, the Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare trust, the East of England Ambulance service, along with primary care trusts in Great Yarmouth and Waveney, North Yorkshire and York, and Brent are likely to be issued with the most urgent warning.”

Read the full Daily Telegraph article, and related content, here.

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