Trust’s bid to join elite is delayed

HEALTH chiefs have admitted their plan to become a foundation trust has been delayed by another year.

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Dewsbury District Hospital, initially hoped to join the elite grouping by 2014.

Last year bosses put that back to 2016 as they could not balance the books to meet the original deadline.

Chief executive Stephen Eames this week revealed the bid has been delayed by a further 12 months.

He said: “We are continuing to work hard to meet the requirements for foundation trust status with a target date of 2017.”

Foundation trusts are free from direct government control and are not answerable to health authorities either.

Regulation instead comes from Monitor, an independent agency set up by the last Labour government.

Entry criteria includes breaking even financially. Mid Yorkshire in recent years has posted deficits of £20m or more.

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