PATIENTS left in corridors and excessive A&E waiting times are just two of the disgraceful situations that have resulted in the local hospitals trust this week receiving two further warnings from regulators.
Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts, intervened for a second time on Monday after appointing experts to review maternity services in October last year.
The reviews reinforced concerns about the trust’s leadership and problems with follow-up appointments.
Monitor will now work closely with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC has given the trust until March 16 to improve staffing levels or face sanctions. One of the sanctions could even involve the closure the RLI’s A&E department. Meanwhile, on Thursday the CQC found staffing levels in the RLI’s A&E department were “at crisis level” and issued a formal warning.
This week Monitor has also appointed Sir David Henshaw from Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital to act as interim chair and is appointing an interim chief operating officer to run the day-to-day activities of the trust.
When asked what role Tony Halsall, the beleaguered chief executive of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust (UHMBT) would play, the trust refused to comment or answer any questions on the subject.
See The Visior (07-02-12) for full story.