PERFORMANCE: The newly merged Barts Health NHS Trust organisation “can learn from Whipps Cross and Newham”, turnaround advisors have said.

A report from turnaround consultant Anthony Sumara on the clinical due-diligence report into the merger said the new organisation should take care not to lose strengths of Whipps Cross and Newham hospitals.

Minutes of the new trust’s April board meeting said: “There had perhaps not been sufficient focus on the strengths of the three legacy trusts, such as Whipps Cross on informing patients about their stay and Newham on having staff who said they were comfortable in raising concerns.

“There would be merit in examining what lay behind these strengths and the lessons that could be learnt on other sites.”