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NHS trusts' low healthcare rating

Scarborough hospital sign
Both trusts said they were working hard to improve

Two health trusts in North and East Yorkshire have been rated among the worst in the country for the second year running in an annual review.

Scarborough and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust and North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust (PCT) received the lowest possible marks in the report.

The debt-laden trusts were rated on quality of services and the use of its resources by the Healthcare Commission.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service was also rated "weak" for quality of services.

The independent watchdog has given all 391 NHS trusts in England a rating in its third annual health check.

Financial difficulties

The report showed that the Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Trust and North Yorkshire and York PCT were among six health bodies which scored weak in both ratings.

On Wednesday the PCT announced its chief executive Dr Janet Soo-Chung was leaving to take up a new role in the NHS.

The PCT said it was still operating with an inherited financial deficit and was therefore unable to score above "weak" for use of resources.

Bill Redlin, the PCT'S performance director, said: "We aim to ensure that all of the areas highlighted for improvement by the Healthcare Commission are addressed in full through immediate actions which are already under way."

Scarborough and North East Yorkshire trust's interim chief executive Christine Green said its long-standing financial difficulties and history of poor budgeting resulted in the low score.

She said: "Going forward, we now have a clear focus on what action is needed to improve these ratings next year."

Martyn Pritchard, chief executive of Yorkshire Ambulance Service said its financial position was improving.




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