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NHS: Standards

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to improve performance in those trusts rated double weak in the Healthcare Commission’s Annual Health Check for 2007-08. (228992)

Action has already been taken to address performance in the small number of ‘double weak’ organisations. Organisations have been asked to draw up action plans—to be agreed with strategic health authorities (SHAs) and to be published on their website by 23 October. These plans will detail how action is being taken to improve performance. In addition, Executives will be meeting with senior departmental officials, accompanied by the relevant SHA (and primary care trust where relevant) chief executives.

All action plans will be monitored by the SHA and progress will form part of the performance management discussions between SHAs and the Department.

From April 2009, those ‘weak’ organisations failing to demonstrate improvement will also be subjected to intervention under the NHS Performance Regime.