The NHS has moved to quash reports that it has considered whether Northampton General Hospital could be put into administration because of financial concerns.
The BBC and other media have reported that NGH is on a list of hospitals that a national NHS body, the Trust Development Authority (TDA), has compiled of trusts it has raised concerns with.
But the TDA said to the Chron this morning it is not currently looking into administration: “We have oversight of all trust that are not Foundation Trusts - about 100 hospitals - so it’s true to say we are monitoring them.
“However, only two of those - Mid Staffortdshire and a trust in south London - are in administration. We are not considering any others for administration.”
The list was publicised by the national Labour Party, which has raised the issue of Clause 119, which would give the Health Secretary the power to close or downgrade services without local people having their say.
The party says trusts with ‘material concerns’ raised against them by the TDA, including Northampton General, would be among those most at risk.
Richard Garvie, the Labour Parliamentary Candidate in Wellingborough & Rushden and the head of the Save Our NHS Northamptonshire campaign group
said: “It’s an absolute disgrace that ministers and university graduates in London who have never visited our hospitals or even have any experience of how a hospital is run, should be able to close down hospitals or drastically reduce services.”