The Health Service Journal (HSJ – 8 October 2009) has reported on the publication by Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust of a report into the conduct and performance of its previous chief executive Martin Yeates. Mr Yates resigned in May this year after the Mid Staffs board received the report.
According to the HSJ, the report says leadership and management of the trust had improved after Mr Yeates arrived, but confirms the massive failures reported by the Healthcare Commission.
It says: “….we have not seen or heard evidence to subvert the [Healthcare Commission’s] findings that there were significant failures in the leadership and management of the trust over the period of care, and these contributed to poor clinical care.”
The report further states that “Safety and quality of care are clearly of paramount importance in any NHS trust and would therefore need to be given priority in any consideration of the conduct and performance of a chief executive. They are not, however, the only measure of performance and the trust appears to have performed well against some other targets and priorities in recent years and we make reference to some of these later in the report. But performance in one area cannot be at the expense of performance in another, especially where patient care is concerned. It is the job of boards and board members to make choices and balance priorities.”
Readers can download the report on the HSJ’s website here.