Hospital body ‘ineffective’ claims new inquiry report

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The board of Rotherham Hospital was ‘dysfunctional’ and ‘ineffective’ as it fell into financial crisis, according to a critical report.

An investigation also highlighted ‘inappropriate conduct’ by some non-executive directors at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, who were described as behaving ‘irascibly, indiscreetly, impulsively and surreptitiously.’

Figures show the trust is expected to be more than £3 million in the red in 2013-14, after a crisis which triggered the intervention of regulator Monitor.

The inquiry into the trust was carried out by consultants Deloitte.

It also raises concerns about conflicts of interests .

Another report by internal auditors PwC said doctors were among those who raised fears about an electronic patient record system which cost taxpayers £10m more than its original £30m budget.

The trust said ‘significant changes’ had been made to board membership after the report.

Since it was published the ‘majority of its recommendations have been implemented and the trust is now in an entirely different place’.