Hospital bosses bid to save failing NHS trust

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Managers from Sheffield’s hospitals have been tasked with turning around one of the country’s worst-performing NHS trusts.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been paired with United Lincolnshire Hospitals, which is currently in ‘special measures’ because of concerns over high death rates.

High-performing trusts are being handed contracts to offer expertise and support, health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced yesterday.

Sir Andrew Cash, chief executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said there was ‘still further detail to be worked out’, but added: “Our role will be to share good practice which is in place in our hospitals so that this can also benefit patients in Lincolnshire.

“Neither I nor other members of the trust’s executive team will be relinquishing our roles in Sheffield under this arrangement.”

The city’s hospitals could receive bonuses from a £5.5m pot if the partnership is successful.

The ‘buddy scheme’ is expected to last three to five years. Barnsley Hospital is being partnered with Sherwood Forest Hospitals.

Across England, 11 trusts are in special measures.