18. July 2012 09:05
The Department of Health’s Matthew Kershaw has been appointed as the trust special administrator at the failed South London Healthcare Trust.
The Director of Provider Delivery will combine chair and chief executive responsibilities after it made history by becoming the first trust to enter administration following debts of £65m last year.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said Mr Kershaw “must now drive the changes and shape a sustainable solution” at the trust.
As part of his new duties, Mr Kershaw will be required to produce a draft report containing recommendations for the future of the trust before Parliament by the end of October. This will then be submitted to the Health Secretary before he makes a final decision on the way forward for the trust by February 2013.
The DH said that the newly appointed trust administrator would be supported by “a dedicated expert team including an independent clinical panel as well as NHS and external strategic advice. In particular, he will bring together a clinical advisory panel”.