Monitor has launched an investigation into Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of its patients, after an employment tribunal involving Board and other senior members of staff at the trust highlighted concerns with how the trust is run.
Monitor will examine whether these concerns indicate more widespread problems with the way the trust is run.
Deputy Regional Director for Monitor, Alexandra Coull, said:
The employment tribunal case against the trust identified some significant issues, and as a result we believe it is right for us to examine how well the trust is being run on behalf of its patients.
We want to understand the underlying causes of the problems identified by the employment tribunal, and find out whether the trust needs to make improvements to the way it is being run.
The investigation will determine whether Monitor needs to take regulatory action. No decision has been made yet and Monitor will announce the outcome of the investigation once it is completed.