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Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust: Monitor launches investigation

Monitor opened the investigation after Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust received 2 warning notices from the Care Quality Commission.

Delivery suite in a hospital maternity ward

The warning notices refer to concerns about staffing levels and the operation of systems designed to assess and monitor the quality of services.

Monitor is concerned that the issues raised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) might be indicative of wider problems with how the trust is run.

Monitor will also examine the trust’s financial position following concerns raised by the trust as part of the forward planning process.

Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust specialises in issues affecting women and children, such as maternity, neonatal care, gynaecology and genetics.

No decision has been taken about whether further regulatory action is required and an announcement about the outcome of the investigation will be made in due course.

Frances Shattock, Regional Director at Monitor said:

The Care Quality Commission has sufficient concern with this trust that it issued 2 warning notices. We want to understand why this happened and if it is symptomatic of wider problems with how the trust is being run.

We want to help the trust ensure that local people have access to high quality healthcare.

Published 2 July 2014