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Monitor presses ahead with plans to secure the long-term future of services for patients in King’s Lynn

Health sector regulator names team of experts who will help fix problems at Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust.

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Following today’s Care Quality Commission report into the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust, Monitor will review the recommendation that the trust remains in special measures. Meanwhile, the sector regulator is pressing ahead with plans to secure the long-term future of services for patients at the trust.

McKinsey and Company has been selected following a competitive tender to supply the team of experts which will develop a plan for securing high quality health services for patients.

The £2.15 million cost of the project announced earlier this year will be met by Monitor as part of its remit to make health services work better for patients.

Building on work already underway locally, the team will work closely with patients, the trust, local commissioners and clinicians to devise solutions to the financial and quality problems faced by the trust.

Mark Turner, Regional Director at Monitor, said:

Patients in King’s Lynn must have access to quality, sustainable health services both now and in the future. Monitor, as the sector regulator, is taking a lead in helping the local health system to find the best solutions to fix the problems at the trust.

We recognise there is no one simple solution to protecting healthcare services and the expert team will help to find the long-term solutions that work best for patients.

Published 19 September 2014