Failing hospital ----> Foundation Trust Status. How?

Quite easily it seems. Expect to hear more of this.

"Julie Bailey the Head of campaigning site Cure the NHS blew the lid off The Big Secret behind Andy Burnham's refusal to hold a public enquiry: as Junior Health Minister in June 2007, Baily claims, Burnham signed off Stafford's third-stage process of elevation to Foundation Trust Status.

For some reason, if he did do this, Burnham signed off stage three of the four-stage process despite the hospital having FOUR high-alerts for negligence against its name."

"....we have proof that the Stafford Strategic Health Authority CEO David Nicholson lobbied hard for this to happen".

Nicholson is now CEO of the whole NHS.*

If true, this might represent what New Labour tends to call 'rewarding failure'


"Nicholson joined the NHS on graduation, and then the Communist Party of Great Britain. He remained a member of the CPGB until 1983.

For 10 years he worked in mental health, mainly in Yorkshire, where he was involved in implementing the policy of closing the old asylums and developing care in the community services.

In 1988, Nicholson moved into the acute hospital sector, appointed as the Chief Executive of the Doncaster Healthcare NHS Trust. He introduced Clinical Directorates there in 1988 and the Trust was a national pilot for Total Quality Management. In 1997, he moved to the Trent NHS Regional Office as the Regional Director of Performance before being appointed as Regional Director in November 2000.

Nicholson was then made Regional Director for the old Eastern and West Midlands Regions between December 2001 and March 2002, combining these responsibilities with his Trent role whilst shadowing as Director of Health and Social Care (designate) for the Midlands and East of England. In April 2002 he formally took up the post of Director of Health and Social Care for the Midlands and East of England.

In 2003 he was appointed Chief Executive of Birmingham and The Black Country Strategic Health Authority (BBC SHA). In August 2005 he was asked to take on the additional roles of Chief Executive of neighbouring Shropshire and Staffordshire SHA and West Midlands South SHA.

In April 2006 he was appointed Chief Executive of the newly formed London Strategic Health Authority. However he had little opportunity to make his mark, as it was announced on 27 July 2006 that he would be taking up the role of NHS Chief Executive in September 2006 in charge of a £90bn budget and 1.3m employees, his fifth job-change in a year.

Nicholson was involved in an expenses scandal when it was revealed that he gets a £37,600-a-year allowance for working away from home on top of his £215,000 salary for his London based job.

Nicholson was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2004 New Years Honours list, and received the honorary award of Doctor of the University from the University of Central England, Birmingham. He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2010 New Year Honours."

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