Warwickshire hospital to remain under NHS control
The George Eliott Hospital in Nuneaton will no longer face a takeover after making significant improvements in standards, according to the NHS.
The hospital which had the highest death rate in England in 2011, was along with the 10 other worst performing NHS trusts in the UK put under special measures following the Keogh review.
The government also approved plans that would allow private firms and NHS trusts to take control of the hospital, placing George Eliot Hospital under threat of privatisation.
These plans have now been successfully overturned as improvements made by the hospital, staff and management have been considered sufficient to bring an end to the threat of a takeover from either a private firm or a different NHS trust.
Linda Millband, a senior clinical negligence solicitor at Thompsons, said; “The news that the George Eliot Hospital will remain an NHS run hospital is excellent for patients, staff and the local community. It is a beacon of what can be achieved if staff are given the right support and the opportunity.
“We saw the dissolution of Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust earlier in the year and, in this case, it is good to see sense prevailing and a hospital being kept in the NHS rather than thrown into the wilderness of privatisation.
“There is always more work to do but Nuneaton is an example for other struggling hospitals around the UK about how to improve standards, better serve the local community and keep the wolf of profit-driven firms from the door.”
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