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Health Trust Fails To Address Serious Problems

NHS

10:27am 18th September 2013

Dorset's community and mental health trust has failed to act quickly enough to address serious problems.

Regulators Monitor have now imposed a new condition on the Trust's licence.

It to ensure its Board and committees function effectively and to tackle the issues causing the Trust to be in breach of its licence. The new condition also requires the Trust to make sure that its Council of Governors runs properly.

Monitor says Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust has failed to address quality of care issues raised by the Care Quality Commission and has also failed to ensure appropriate staffing levels.

Monitor took first took action against the Trust in April, and says it's not satisfied with the response.

Paul Streat, Regional Director at Monitor, said: "We believe that the Trust has failed to act quickly enough in addressing a number of serious problems.

"Patients deserve the best possible care so we're adding a new condition to the Trust's licence to bring about the urgent improvements that are needed."

Monitor can take further regulatory action if improvements are not made.

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