HOSPITAL bosses face having to make more cuts totalling millions of pounds in order to become a foundation trust.
Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Dewsbury District Hospital, wants foundation status by 2016.
The criteria includes breaking even financially, which means more cuts may have to be made.
The trust lost £24m in the last financial year, on top of posting similar-sized deficits in earlier years.
Services like A&E and maternity at Dewsbury are in line to be downgraded to save about £9m a year in running costs.
The Press asked the trust about its foundation trust bid and whether it means more service cuts will be needed in future.
Interim chief executive Stephen Eames claimed any further cuts would not affect the quality of patient care. He also revealed the foundation trust bid means Mid-Yorkshire is now unlikely to be split up or merge with another body.
Mr Eames said: “All foundation trusts need to show that they meet stringent standards in quality, services and finances.
“We are working with the Trust Development Authority on a programme of work that will enable us to achieve the required standards by 2016. This includes financial break-even by identifying efficiencies in our services which will not affect patient care, experience and safety.
“The application to become a foundation trust will be judged on the viability of the whole organisation.
“It is therefore unlikely the organisation would be broken up or merged with another organisation.”