Walsall Manor Hospital trust bid hopes hit by missed A&E targets
Walsall Manor Hospital's bid to become a foundation trust and have more control over its own affairs has been delayed after it failed to hit A&E targets, it emerged today.
The application to become a foundation trust will now not be submitted until early in the 2013/14 financial year. It emerged last week the Manor has fallen short of its four-hour A&E waiting time target.
Concerns over Walsall Healthcare Trust's current financial position have also been highlighted as a reason for the deferral.
Hospital bosses today said the action had been agreed.
The decision was reached following a meeting between the trust's board and the Strategic Health Authority last month.
A report to hospital bosses, written by Dawn Clift, director of governance, said: "The meeting concluded that the trust has made good progress in improving the quality of care delivered to patients.
"Challenges were recognised in relation to the cur-rent financial position and failure to achieve the A&E 24-hour target at the end of quarter two.
In this regard, it was agreed that the application to the Department of Health and subsequently Monitor be deferred until early 2013/14 when the outturn position of 2013/14 would be apparent."
The trust has also agreed a revised forecast surplus for this financial year of £3.7m – £1m lower than first anticipated.
Chief executive of Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust Richard Kirby today said: "This is a result of a deliberate decision rather than a slide into trouble."
He said the new proposed date for submitting the bid would be "three or four" months later than planned.
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