KGH boss confident of plans to improve

Kettering General Hospital chief executive Lorene Read
Kettering General Hospital chief executive Lorene Read

Bosses at under-fire Kettering General Hospital say they are confident they can turn its fortunes around after its regulator stepped in and put it under ‘special measures’.

Watchdog Monitor found Kettering General Hospital to be in breach of its status as a Foundation Trust due to its precarious financial postion, governance concerns and failure to hit A&E targets.

The hospital currently has a deficit of £2.7m and bosses have been told they must end the financial year in a postion where they are breaking even, but the senior staff are putting together an action plan to rectify the trust’s failures.

Chief executive Lorene Read said: “We’ve got 3,100 staff here who are all determined and want to do the right thing for our patients.

“Historically the trust has had financial difficulties and hasn’t hit its targets in previous years and that builds up.

“We’re looking at each department and seeing how they can become more efficient. We’re putting all our options on the table.

“But it is important not to rush in and slash and burn.”

To save cash, the hospital is bringing in recruitment restrictions, a clampdown on agency spending and tighter control on spending over £1,000.

As a foundation trust, the hospital has to make sure 95 per cent of patients in A&E are admitted or discharged within four hours, and Kettering’s senior staff have had four meetings with Monitor since 2010 over its failure to hits its target.

The hospital has hit its 95 per cent target in the past three months after reviewing the department and appointing full-time doctors and nurses.

Monitor also claimed the hospital’s board of governers were not asking enough tough questions at the trust.

But Mrs Read said that she was confident her board of directors are right for the hospital and stressed the trust performed well in most targets.

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