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Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases under scrutiny

Monitor has announced it is increasing regulatory scrutiny at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Foundation Trust due to its worsening financial position.

The decision is based on the trust’s inability to comply with a condition of its authorisation as a foundation trust – the general duty to exercise its functions effectively, efficiently and economically.

The trust has taken steps to reduce its costs and improve efficiency, but is facing significant structural challenges resulting in financial problems. The trust is financially challenged due to its small size and the limited number of specialist services it provides.

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