Organisations set to battle for failing NHS Trusts

A
list of 70 organisations able to take over poor-performing NHS Trusts has been
published on the Register of Experts.

Organisations
on the register, which was compiled by the Government, will compete for
franchises to take over the management of struggling zero-star hospitals. The
register includes 62 NHS Trusts with three-star status, giving them automatic
inclusion on the register.

They
will be joined by eight companies selected from the first wave of applicants to
join the NHS Franchising Register of Expertise. Five are based in the UK.

The
publication was announced by Health Secretary Alan Milburn, who said:
"Good management makes or breaks any organisation. Just as good schools
need good headteachers, every NHS hospital needs good management.

"We
already have some of the best managers in the country running some of the best
NHS hospitals. We want to share their skills with under-performing NHS
hospitals so we can get the best from both.

"And
because improving every part of the NHS is so important, we are determined to
draw on management expertise from outside the NHS too."

By Paul Nelson

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