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Mid Staffs: Monitor appoints interim Chief Executive

On 3 March, Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts, used its formal powers to intervene at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

This was to appoint an interim Chair (David Stone) and require the trust to appoint an interim Chief Executive of Monitor’s choice. This followed a decision by the Chair to resign with immediate effect and notification from the trust’s Chief Executive of his intention to step down.

Today, in accordance with the above, Monitor required the trust to appoint Eric Morton, Chief Executive at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, as its interim Chief Executive. His appointment takes effect from today. Mr Morton will also remain as Chief Executive of Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Monitor is requiring these interim appointments in order to put in place strategic and operational leadership to stabilise the trust and ensure that progress continues towards the delivery of better patient care.

Monitor has been working closely with the Healthcare Commission throughout its investigation into services at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, and will consider whether any further regulatory action is necessary following publication of the Healthcare Commission’s report, and the trust’s response to this.

Published 5 March 2009