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South London Healthcare NHS Trust to be put into administration

13 July, 2012

The Government has announced that South London Healthcare NHS Trust will be put into administration following financial difficulties.

The Trust has run up deficits of more than £150 million.

Following consultation, the Unsustainable Provider Regime is to be used and a Trust Special Administrator appointed, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley confirmed yesterday (12 July).

Lansley said: “Past efforts have not succeeded in putting the South London Healthcare Trust on a sustainable path.  This will be a big challenge and my key objective for all NHS Trusts is to ensure they deliver high-quality services to patients that are clinically and financially sustainable for the long term.”

He added: “Although there have been some improvements in mortality rates, maternity services and infection control, and some early signs of improvements in waiting times, they do not go far enough.  It will be impossible for South London to build on these improvements while tackling such a large deficit.”

This is the first time an NHS Trust has been put into administration.

SCoR Regional Officer Paul Bromley will begin attending meetings today (13 July) at sites across the Trust.

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