Joint Statement from the Trust Special Administrators of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
The Trust Special Administrators are required to act in the interest of patients. This means that any recommendations for the future of the services at Mid Staffordshire Trust have to be clinically safe as well as financially sustainable.
Professor Hugo Mascie-Taylor, one of the Joint Trust Special Administrators, has set up an independent clinical advisory group and asked the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges to nominate senior representatives from the UK’s Medical Royal Colleges to form the group and consider any proposed arrangements to ensure they are safe for patients.
Medical Royal Colleges are independent professional medical organisations whose central concerns are the standards of clinical care for patients as well as the post-graduate training of doctors. This group will provide the Trust Special Administrators with independent advice on the impact of their proposals on the quality of care for patients in the Stafford and Cannock area. This will be particularly in relation to the likely impact on the safety of clinical care and the ability to recruit and retain medical staff.
The formal advice of the Clinical Advisory Group will be publicly available. Any final recommendations will, however, remain the responsibility of the Trust Special Administrators and ultimate decisions rest with the Secretary of State for Health.
The precise composition of the Clinical Advisory Group and individual membership are still to be decided. Most specialities are relevant but acute medicine and surgery, paediatrics, anaesthetics, emergency medicine, obstetrics and general practice as well as diagnostic support services will definitely be represented. The individual members will be senior experienced doctors from the relevant Medical Colleges who can provide authoritative medical input on clinical issues.
The Group will work within the TSA timetable and is likely to meet on a number of occasions and will visit Mid-Staffordshire Trust.
Commenting on the establishment of Clinical Advisory Group Professor Terence Stephenson,
Chairman of the Academy of Medical Colleges said:
“Medical Royal Colleges’ principal concern is the quality of clinical care for patients. Where changes in NHS services are required it must be clinical quality considerations that drive the process and underpin the solutions.
Medical Royal Colleges will provide that independent medical opinion and we welcome the opportunity to form the Clinical Advisory Group and advise on any recommendations. Colleges will wish to help so that patients in Stafford continue to receive safe, high quality care”
Hugo Mascie-Taylor said:
“The quality and safety of services are as important as their financial sustainability. For that I need to have an independent clinical opinion on any proposals we produce. The Royal Medical Colleges as the custodians of clinical quality standards are best placed to provide that independent viewpoint. I am grateful for their input”
For further information please see the Office of the MSFT Trust Special Administrator website.