Trust officials hauled before NHS chief Scarborough NHS Trust is weak!

SENIOR managers at a failing health trust are being hauled before the man in charge of the NHS to explain how it will improve.

It comes after Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Bridlington Hospital, was officially branded one of the worst in the country in a report by the Healthcare Commission.

It highlighted failures in waiting times, cleanliness and infection control, which meant the trust received a "weak" score for its quality of services.

Poor financial management and value for money meant it was also rated "weak" for use of resources.

The watchdog rated all 391 NHS trusts in England.

Scarborough was one of just six in the country to be rated "weak" in both categories and one of only two in Yorkshire.

The other was North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust.

Now, the trust has devised two action plans in response to the ratings.

Interim chief executive Christine Green and chairman Sir Michael Carlisle will be among others who will meet with David Nicholson, chief executive of the NHS, on Friday, November 28.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said: "All of the poorest performing trusts in England have to explain themselves to the NHS chief executive.

"Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust was one of a small number to receive the lowest possible rating in the recent annual report of the independent healthcare watchdog the Healthcare Commission.

"It was the second year in a row the trust had scored weak for both quality of care and resource management.

"Mr Nicholson will be seeking convincing assurances from the trust that the action plan which it has published in response to this rating will deliver performance improvements and better care and services for local people."

A spokeswoman for the trust said: "In line with all other NHS trusts that received similar results in this year's Healthcare Commission's health check, the trust has prepared an action plan which will be discussed with the NHS chief executive at a meeting later this month."