Vanguard NHS trusts face Monitor probe over financial or governance problems
24 September 2015, GP Online
More than a dozen NHS trusts involved in vanguard schemes trialling new models of care across England face questions from a government watchdog over their financial viability or governance, GPonline can reveal.
wessex LMCs chief executive Dr Nigel Watson told GPonline that many of the organisations were involved in vanguard schemes exploring new models of care precisely because of the financial and organisational pressures they face.
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, a partner in theSouth Hampshire vanguard scheme that Dr Watson chairs, is among trusts facing a governance review by Monitor.
Dr Watson said: 'Quite a lot of trusts are reporting gaps between their funding and what they have to deliver. When you look at some health economies that are better funded, there may be less need there for transformation.
'We are looking at our situation and it is increasingly unsustainable. Part of it is a system problem - money and resources are in the wrong place - and part of it is that services need to be transformed.'
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