16. July 2012 16:55
The Department of Health has questioned finances and mortality rates at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospital Trust as it gears towards foundation trust status.
A letter from Matthew Kershaw, Director of Provider Delivery, DH, to trust Chief Executive Phil Morley highlighted a number of issues which had “triggered the first stage” of an escalation process.
It followed an earlier discussion between the two when mortality rates at the trust were found to be higher than the national average and how the trust’s income did not match its activity.
The letter – sent after a meeting between the two in February – reported that the trust had been “red rated” for three consecutive months. Issues such as board capacity and performance measures had been addressed since then, however concerns over liquidity issues were also noted.
The Trust will now work with its SHA to establish Tripartite Formal Agreement and an Accountability Agreement to “bring back” to the DH “for our consideration”, the letter said.