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Investigation launched at South London teaching hospital

Monitor has opened an investigation into the sudden deterioration in finances at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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The investigation will examine how and why this situation has happened, and identify possible solutions.

Monitor granted St George’s foundation trust status in February 2015 on the basis it would break even in 2014-15 and make a small surplus in 2015-16. The regulator is now concerned as the trust has recorded a £16.8 million loss for 2014-15 and may record a larger deficit in 2015-16.

The regulator also wants to understand why St George’s has failed to sustain its progress in treating patients more promptly, as requested at the time of its foundation trust authorisation.

Monitor will announce the outcome of the investigation in due course.

Published 1 May 2015