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The Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee will be speaking to Sir David Henshaw, newly appointed interim Chairman of the University Hospitals Morecambe Bay (UHMB) NHS Trust, at its additional meeting this week at County Offices in Kendal (22 March - new date – previously advertised as 21 March).
The main focus for this meeting will be for the Chairman, appointed by Monitor - the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts - to outline his plans for the future of UHMB Trust. In addition, Sue Page, Chief Executive for NHS Cumbria has been invited to respond to the challenge of commissioning safe future services at UHMB Trust.
The scrutiny committee has been closely monitoring concerns about maternity and other services at UHMB Trust as well as issues around its governance arrangements since October 2011. A further session to speak to UHMB Trust and other parties has been arranged for 9 May.
Cumbria County Councillor Bill Wearing, Chairman of the Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee said: “We want to hear how Sir David Henshaw plans to turn around the Trust so that past failures are not repeated.
“In this last week alone we’ve seen the appointment of a new interim Chief Executive, Eric Morton, but also the resignation of four non-executives from the Trust’s board.
“It is important that in a time of such changes, continuity of service is maintained and that trust is rebuilt with local communities. This committee remains one of the few democratic bodies that can hold the Trust to account and we will continue to reflect local concerns as we challenge the Trust to drive up improvement.”