Failing PCT establishes ‘board scrutiny sessions’

As reported in the Health Service Journal (HSJ – 3 June 2010) NHS Portsmouth City has been placed “in intervention” by its SHA for missing certain key targets.

However, a spokesman for NHS Portsmouth City said to the HSJ: “We’re very aware of the significant pressures on the local healthcare system, and in advance of the SHA’s decision had already established board scrutiny sessions. These will identify the issues, challenges and actions needed to secure improvement, both in the short term and further ahead.”

Presumably the PCT board was not aware that one of its principal roles in governing the organisation is scrutiny of management performance!

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